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Any effort by the author to produce his own work, whether it be in print, electronic, or other format.

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Is it acceptable to have two different publishers for one book?

I've completed a novella and understand that it will fare better if it comes out in hardcover first. Indie publishers usually produce paperback and ebook versions. Does it make sense to self-publish ...
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How can I optimize the story tags of my Kindle Vella story?

How do I know what are the best story tag words/phrases to use? I want to "drive" potential readers to my Kindle Vella story. Kindle Vella's web says very little about this. If feels like ...
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Creating promotional material for a book by splicing only selected parts together

I'm writing a nonfiction technical ebook which I intend to sell for a month or two before it's published. For the purpose of promotion during the presale period I have to create some promotional ...
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Can I publish journal prompts if not a mental health professional?

I am designing a journal that includes prompts for "shadow work", or rather, asks questions relating to one's dark side. The questions are intended to help the writer identify hidden ...
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Can I set up a pen name for my story on WattPad?

I've written a story and want to make it available to readers on WattPad. I want to use a pen name to hide my identity. Is this possible on WattPad?
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How do I use Google AdWords to lead potential readers to my WattPad story?

I have a 90k word story that I want to publish on WattPad, and I plan to "religiously" follow all their promotion guides. I don't see using Google AdWords anywhere in the guide. How can I ...
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How can I compare which of my Kindle Vella story tags are best?

I've published a Vella story. Now I want to select the best story tags. Vella allows maximum of 7 tags. If I have a bunch of tags, how can I compare to learn the best?
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Best operating system for the serious writer? [closed]

Windows, Android, macOS or else?
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should I insert a copyright notice into my Kindle Direct Publishing Vella publication?

Is it a good idea to have a copyright notice at the beginning or end of each episode, or in my Vella story's Description section? I'm thinking maybe: "COPYRIGHT 2022 BY ALL RIGHTS RESERVED"
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is it best if the first 3 episodes of a Kindle Vella story be as many words as possible, that is, as close to the 5000 word max?

Since the first 3 episodes are free for readers, I would think giving each reader the most words for free would have the highest probability of getting the reader "into" my story. It's a ...
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Can I take the text of my own already published book (ebook & POD), amend & improve it, add new title and cover pic, and self-publish as a new book?

I have a published (ebook & paperback) novel which was published in 2015 by a UK publishing house. The text was never carefully or properly proofed and there were many printing problems. Net ...
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Is it advantageous for authors to work as an LLC? [closed]

Is it advantageous for authors to work as an LLC? If I'm going to be writing a lot of books, it seems to make sense to work with publishers from an LLC and get some protection from spurious lawsuits. (...
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Does any self-publishing platform support free on-line reading?

I am self-publishing a secondary textbook. In order for my local state to allow schools to purchase the physical textbook and use it in their classrooms, I'm legally required to make an on-line ...
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Posting stories to multiple sites

Suppose I have written an original story for fun not profit and now wish to post it on the internet for the delectation of others for free. Is it acceptable practice to post it on several unrelated ...
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Is it correct to write or say "Am I seeing the dawn in my twilight?" [closed]

Is it correct to write "Am I seeing the dawn in my twilight?"
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Describing people in a book that is first person

I am writing a novel that is in present tense. I'm worried I'm going back and forth from present to past tense when I describe the physical characteristics of people my main character meets. Here are ...
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Do you have to pay a fee for Web Content Accessibility (WCA) before Amazon accepts your ebook?

Below is the letter Sketprofs sent me. Any information about this would be greatly appreciated. Hello Brett, This is to inform you that we will have to take your E-book off from Amazon due to non-...
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How to publish a new religious study tool/study guide that is still a continuing work?

I have been studying the Bible in order to gain a coherent and comprehensive understanding of my Lord Jesus Christ. I narrowed the focus into the 4 Gospels. I then focused even more within the Gospels ...
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How are serialized web novels promoted?

There are sites where an author can self-publish free-to-access web novels, one short chapter at a time (500 to 1.5k words recommended per chapter). Many of the popular novels are published weekly and ...
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Where can I publish poems I translated to Pali?

I have been studying Sanskrit for 6 years, and have published short stories in magazines. I recently became interested in Pali and translated some classical English poems to Pali. But unlike Sanskrit ...
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As a first time wannabe writer, should I consider going in for Traditional publishing or Self Publishing?

Given that I am a wannabe writer with no real titles under my belt and relatively unknown, what would be a better option for publishing my first book? Should I go for the traditional publishing ...
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Sharing a Finished Work Online [duplicate]

So I'm planning on getting back into writing soon and, for the first time, sharing it online. I have a few social media accounts where I plan on sharing it too. What would be the easiest way to share ...
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Citing the Same Source Multiple Times in a Book

I am currently writing a non-fiction book which I intend to self publish. Regarding the citations and references, I intend to list them at the end of the book as endnotes and have decided to organise ...
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Is emailing an original idea to oneself using Gmail a foolproof way to timestamp it?

"one easy way to timestamp an idea is to email it to yourself using something like gmail. Since you are not able to falsify gmail's timestamps, you can use it as evidence of the timing of an idea&...
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How Could Satire Be Considered Inappropriate/Objectionable Material? [closed]

Amazon Kindle Vella has recently started a program where authors can serialize their work. I began serializing my novel, "the Zany Time Travels of Warble McGorkle" there. The first ...
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Which form of spelling is preferred when publishing for an English speaking audience?

Sample text: Dude had long been sceptical of abrupt changes in weather. (Quoted from an Australian author.) As an American, I was startled to see the alternative spelling of skeptical. Perhaps I am ...
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Self publish with Hebrew fonts

I am trying to self-publish my master's thesis which contains a decent bit of Hebrew. So far, I have tried Kindle Create, Vellum, and Apple Books for Authors, none of which seem to allow Hebrew fonts. ...
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Am I Too Young To Publish? [duplicate]

I am turning 14 years old soon and currently working on a story called "Royal Wings" that I would love to get published someday. When it is completed it will be intended to be a Young Adult/...
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Self published cost of books as a tax deduction

I sell physical review books for a certification in my professional field that are starting to pick up on Amazon, about $2000 per month. I am paying a publishing company to print my books and then I ...
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Is it possible to self-publish while also signed up to a publisher?

Is it possible to be signed up to a publisher but to also self publish? I am currently working with a publisher but in the future I would quite like to write a book series and the publishers do not ...
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Will marketing still be effective if I advertise my self published novels almost a year after they've been released?

I've been worrying if my marketing will still be effective for my self-published books when I market them almost a year after the novels have been released. My plan is to self-publish more novels this ...
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When publishing through Amazon, can you get some free codes for specific people?

I'm hoping to publish a book in July or August through Amazon, probably with a paperback option as well as E-book. There's been some people who've really helped along the way, and with another huge ...
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Can I grant non-exclusive rights on a non-fiction book?

I've written a short historical account on a local 17th Century shipwreck which I have been serialising on a Facebook group. Given the very positive response I would like to publish as a small book ...
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Can I self-publish in some countries and work with a publisher for another country?

I am creating a series of books. I'll be ready to publish the first in one month, then have about 20-30 more that will be done across the span of the next year or two. I'd prefer to self-publish on ...
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Can I include a data CD or DVD with a book when self-publishing on Amazon?

I would like to self-publish a school workbook on Amazon. I won't be selling as an eBook, as it is intended that users write in the workbook. There will be a teacher's edition that needs to come with ...
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Would it be wiser to debut with your side-project with a smaller publisher, over your main-project with a big publisher?

I've been seeing comments on the tightening window/acceptance for debut authors with planned-series since December 2019, especially now with the economy contracting even more due to Covid19 for the ...
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Website that pays for writing fairly

About a month ago, I stumbled upon a website that claims to pay writers fairly and transparently out of advertising revenue. For the life of me, I cannot remember the name of the site, and after ...
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How much can you change a self-published book for it to count as a "new" book in the eyes of a traditional publisher?

I have a book that is nearing completion. Because the current circumstances might increase interest in the book and also the Christmas sale is coming, I would like if it would be a good idea to self-...
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Which options for self-publish large book with Print on demand, bible paper and hardcover?

I want to publish one book with about 1,200 pages. We are talking about a book for daily use My requirements are: Print on demand (POD) paper of "bible" type (to avoid a book with a too ...
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International English Style Guide?

For writers who are self-publishing to Amazon (especially for a global or US & UK audience) is there a style guide for "international" English? Or must one commit fully to either an ...
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Can I publish both with Apple Books and Amazon?

I want to publish my book both through Apple Books and Amazon. Is this allowed? Or if I choose to provide my book through Apple, then I am obligated to not sell it through any other platform?
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I got a message from an Author Liaison representative. Can someone please give me advice on what to do? [duplicate]

I have received the message below on Wattpad and I think it's a scam. I am not that good at writing and I doubt that anyone would come to me out of all people. Can someone please help me I don't know ...
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Is it true that the need for marketing/promoting one's books is a "myth"?

For indie fiction authors, is it true that if one simply writes and publishes regularly, one will begin to see sales (as Dean Wesley Smith proclaims), and that book marketing/promotion is actually ...
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Can I use a print on demand service for my novel with an explicit scene?

I am looking to print the first novel I ever wrote for personal use—one physical copy to sit on my bookshelf as a token for completing the first one (there have been multiple after this one). This ...
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Is frequent releasing of new books a good alternative to doing promotions?

Is it true that releasing several well-written books consecutively/frequently will lead to sales without any need to do promotions? I have heard some indie-publishing authors/pundits say that a better ...
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Is there a way I can print a book only for myself?

As selfish as this sounds, I’m really interested in having my own book printed for myself as the title entails. I don’t intend to sell it or distribute it or anything of that sort, but just something ...
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Successful (non YA) epic high fantasy published episodically as a novella series

The high fantasy genre is notorious for producing enormous tomes. I am currently writing a BronzePunk epic of my own. However, I have chosen to publish it somewhat episodically as a series of ...
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I'm writing a book [closed]

I recently quit my job and now I'm bored at home with nothing to do. So, I decided to write a book. There is an phone app I can upload it on... I want the main character to be a woman in her 20s. ...
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Font Size for Book

I am writing a short book. What is the best font size to use with Times New Roman: 12 or 14?
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ShareLaTeX or OverLeaf templates to write a book to be self-published on Amazon

I'm planning to write a book and eventually self-publish it online through Amazon (I haven't decided which platform on Amazon yet, but Kindle seems reasonable). The book will contain mostly texts, but ...
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