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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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Can you use PayPal to sell a book without getting stalked?

Can you sell with PayPal so the readers can't find you? I wrote an autobio that Amazon and 2 others won't sell. We moved to Seattle partly because a fan was an asshole (but mostly because cannabis is ...
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Is it more expensive to self publish or use a publisher?

I'm wondering what I should use to publish my book, any suggestions?
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Is there a self-publishing service that can publish workbooks and flash drives?

There are various self-publishing services, like Amazon Publishing, B&N Press, Lulu, etc. I need a self-publishing service that can not only handle printing a traditional hardback book, but also ...
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Will publishing on Kindle, or making Audio Books, hurt my profits in the long run?

Should a self-publisher stick to just "hard copy" print-on-demand publishing of his books? Would adding Kindle, or hiring an "audio book" company, compete too much with the hard ...
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In the EAN-5 book price barcode, is there a usage difference between 0 and 1 for British pounds?

In some English speaking countries, many books carry a barcode for an ISBN (International Standard Book Number) (10 or 13 characters) followed by a barcode for the price (five characters). The second ...
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How is the process of finding a company to publish your book like? How much does it averagely cost to publish your book? How do you promote your book?

I’m very interested in writing and would one day like to publish my own book, yet I’m quite intimated by the cost and the search for finding a good publishing company. I’m also aware you’d have to ...
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Writing a short story set in a real museum - how much can I include?

I have written a short story set in a museum in Ireland. It is a private museum that contains various displays and sculptures. I am happy with the story and would like to submit it to a few journals/...
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How to self publish [duplicate]

Publishing my novel seems daunting. I'd like some advice. I realize it's a big subject but what is the first thing I should do to self-publish my novel?
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Looking for International Platforms for Self-Publishing Technical Books

I am a technical book author looking to sell my work internationally. I have been publishing my technical books on a platform called 'Zenn' in Japan, and I am wondering if there are similar services ...
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I may publish a true crime non-fiction book... who is legally responsible of the accussations? Author or publisher?

I run a small imprint about a niche topic (in fact, I use POD services, so it may not be considered an actual imprint/publisher), but I was approached by an author who is writing a book about an ...
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Can I publish a collection of poetry that alludes to other authors such as Shakespeare and Wordsworth without violating copyright?

I am a teacher. My students want to self publish their work as a collection of poetry and short stories. Some of their assignments were to allude to other works and authors—like Wordsworth or ...
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self publishing - what are the steps from end of writing to publication?

I have written a book on affirmations and now am looking for the steps that will take me from here to self-published. Is it a 1. line editor, 2. development editor, layout editor, book cover design? ...
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Does Amazon have any rules restricting political erotica?

I have outlined the plot of an erotic story featuring some WWII Nazi characters who are portrayed as being brutal, but arousing. I'm concerned about community standards at Amazon and other publishing ...
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Do I need a new ISBN when I change an illustration within my existing published book? [duplicate]

I published my picture book with an ISBN. I own the ISBN. Post publication I realized a character pose, on a page, does not represent the emotion, on the page. If I update the character pose and ...
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Should I self-publish my first ever novel?

I’ve spent the past (counts on fingers) too many years working on my first novel. I was in college and found more enjoyment daydreaming and writing it down than listening in lectures. I had never ...
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Logo for Self Published

Is there any logo for self published books? Since I am not approaching any publishing company, it would be nice if there is a self-publish logo that can be used at front cover of my book in place of a ...
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What is the function of self publishing websites?

Nowadays there are plenty of self publishing websites viz. Pothi , Notionpress, Lulu, etc. My question is; how they differ from a traditional publisher like "Patra Bharati" or "Dey's ...
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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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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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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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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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