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Where should I look for editing and publishing?

I have finally finished my first book, but I'm not quite sure where to look for editing or publishing. I'm interested in traditional publishing, but from what I've heard and read, I need an agency for ...
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How to punctuate quotes in paragraphs and multiple quotes used in succession

How would you punctuate quotes for multiple people talking simultaneously in the same paragraph? I.e., They lined up and waited for the last bell of the day and cheered with their tiny voices, "...
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Am I able to freely borrow or reference real people, places or things in a story that takes place on a different world or a made up landmass?

I'm currently writing my first novel and I can't figure out whether I am able to reference an abundance of different people, places, and/or things. I've had this idea of wanting to sneak in a sizable ...
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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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In APA, how do I cite two sources in a sentence? Where one mentions another and I want to retain the reference of that mention

For instance, the author that is commentating on the primary source is named Foster. The primary source is Dante's Inferno. I want to make reference to the primary source that Foster is addressing in ...
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How to describe races/ethnicities in setting where corresponding geographic locations do not exist?

In English, the common name for some racial or ethnic groups is a fairly neutral English word (e.g. white, black...). Others, however, are named only by reference to a geographic point of origin (e.g. ...
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How to deal with fears of author mortality when writing?

I have a story that I have been working on on and off since 2011. It's a plot idea that I really find interesting and it really means a lot to me. I also struggle a lot with treatment-resistant ...
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What do you call the technique of using idioms to form new idioms to allude to something?

On English Language Learners there was a question about the lyrics "Wake me up inside" regarding the grammatical correctness and meaning of the words. I am wondering if there is a name for ...
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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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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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Should an edit notice be in plural when mentioning multiple document titles?

I'm sending a message to a group of people informing them of an edit to one of their documents now mentions a reference to multiple documents and their titles. There is a total of four documents with ...
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Are there any tools for writing Wiktionary articles?

I am evaluating tools and platforms for a one-way dictionary project. One possibility is to expand an existing Wiktionary, but rather than creating and editing entries with its markdown. I wonder if ...
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SharePoint Visual Studio Workflow Only Works The First Time

Hoping someone has some direction on solving the following issue. I have a workflow, which changes the name of a SharePoint document based on the selected content type ID. The workflow is set to run ...
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Microsoft Word - Citation button greyed-out

I am doing a Practical Assessment Task for high school, and we have to use citations. I have a problem however, after page four, I am unable to use citations. The button is greyed-out. Any ideas? This ...
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A BibTeX for Reference-Style Links in Markdown?

Both Daring Fireball https://daringfireball.net/projects/markdown/syntax#link and Markdown Guide https://www.markdownguide.org/basic-syntax/#formatting-links suggest that in Markdown writing, ...
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Scrivener challenge with page numbers

I am having a challenge with getting page numbering to work in Scrivener (Windows). I have set Page Header/Footer checked for "Not on page 1", unchecked on "Count page 1". Here is my problem. I have ...
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How best to write an anxious character?

First of all; there’s another question at the top of the “similar questions” but for the life of me my VPN won’t let me access it and I can’t figure out what to do. But this isn’t about my VPN being ...
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How to write a cover letter?

How should I write the cover letter, when submitting some fiction to a magazine? What is the format? What are the things that I must and should include in it? I am not an established writter, I have ...
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How do you format a song when it's part of a larger spoken piece?

I'm editing a children's book which includes songs. I usually format the songs as a block quote in a slightly smaller type size and centred on the longest line. However, I've just come to a song that ...
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I gave my main character the same first and last name as in another book - is this fine?

I am writing a book and had nearly finished half of it and gave it to my friend to read, but she told me there is already a character in a book with the same first and last name. Would it be okay if I ...
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In a canon divergent fanfiction should tertiary characters be OC or cannon?

I am thinking of writing an X-Men fanfiction, but I believe my query could apply to fanfiction set in any long running work with a large number of characters. My fanfiction will concentrate on the New ...
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Publishing Contract - Unsure about the legal wording

So I've just been sent through a publishing contract for my debut novel. I don't have a literary agent as I submitted straight to the publisher. They liked the manuscript and have sent me a contract ...
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What is the preferred way of writing small numbers in academic writing?

I need to represent small numbers in multiple tables. I am wondering which is the preferred way: 1.235e-3, or 1.235x10^-3? The issue is that the latter requires more width than the former. Hence, most ...
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Know a personal name’s pronunciation but not its spelling

Suppose I heard three local residents talking about the bridge construction on a radio or podcast show. Cara Deleon: I don’t know if it is Kara. Muhammad Alif: I don’t know if it is Mohammad, ...
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Should a password/username be written in quotes or italics?

In a creative writing context, how should computer passwords/usernames appear? I opened Todd’s laptop and typed in his password: Battle_Ship76. I went to the settings and changed his password: ...
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Aside using alliteration in a rap lyrics, what else can you do to improve the flow of a song?

Aside using alliteration in a rap lyrics, what else can you do to improve the flow of a song? How much wood would a woodchuck chuck Alliteration can improve the flow of a rap lyrics, what other ...
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What is the typical mood and style of light novels?

My friend has asked me to give feedback on a light novel that he's writing, and I've been clueless on how to proceed. I'm an avid reader of non-fiction, and although I don't read much fiction anymore, ...
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Suggestion/help needed with book series' subtitles containing series numbers

I have a series of books, e.g. Acme Travel Series... Book Title: London Sightseeing Subtitle: Acme Travel Series (Book 1 of Acme Travel Series) Book Title: Tokyo Sightseeing Volume 1 Subtitle: ...
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Where do prose rhythms come from?

Do you think that the rhythms of poetic prose compositions are produced by their author with a sense of rhythm in mind, or by tinkering with their wording until they arrive at a rhythm they like? I am ...
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How do you use interjections effectively in poetry?

How do you use interjections effectively in poetry? I am wondering when and where you can use the interjection O. One thing I noticed is that O is often optional, and is used when we refer to a person ...
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The use of of repeated conjunction by tabloids

Here in Denmark, we have a tabloid newspaper (which will remain unnamed) which is infamous for, among other things, its ever-present writing mistakes, to the point that it almost seems intentional. I ...
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Creating a quotation contract

I am an aspiring script writer who is looking to get his first gig. An overseas firm approached me to write a script for four one minute commercials. I have stated my asking price to them but they ...
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When to use adjective forms of anatomical nouns in scientific writing?

Consider the following anatomical parts of crustacean: carapace, abdomen, and areola. In much of published literature, you'll see the phrases "carapace length", "abdomen length," ...
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How would I go about citing Twitter's terms of service?

I am trying to have Twitter's terms of service as a source of a paper I'm writing. I have been looking it up for several days and have found no answer. How should I cite Twitter's terms of service?
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Microsoft Word Formatting issue with KDP (How to move titles in the middle of the page?)

I have my nicely formatted word file to upload to the KDP page for Kindle publishing. When I launch the preview the titles are too high up on the page. This is not a problem for chapter titles, since ...
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How can I prevent MS Word from reducing the size of my vector equations?

I want to write "a vector" times "b vector" for making an orthogonal projection formula in MS Word. I use Equation Mode, but every time I do that, the size of "a vector" ...
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Any resources for writing in Anglish?

"Anglish" is a variation on modern English that avoids or replaces all words that have non-Anglo-Saxon roots. I'm working on a story where I'll need to convert a lot of dialogue (just for a ...
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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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Figure Annotation and Writing papers

If I had a figure like let's say imaginary figure A. If I were to use this figure, and only needed a segment should I put the whole figure in the academic Research paper or just the section? If so, ...
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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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An essay on Career Goals

I have to write an essay on career goals. I am applying for a Master's program. Do I start from the basic as to why I chose the subject and how and what do I intend to do after the master's ...
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Fan-non fiction market appeal

I found the discussion of flat vs round characters in the answer to this post pretty interesting: Example of a fictional story without any characters (the story being 1000+ words). Borrowing this ...
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What's the paper quality used for the Penguin Books Great Ideas series?

I'm trying to learn more for a self-publishing project, and I really love this series: https://www.penguinrandomhouse.com/series/BM5/penguin-great-ideas I'm an amateur so I might not be using the ...
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What is the proper way to insert a subsection into a section / end a subsection within a section?

Not sure if this belongs here, or math.stackexchange but what's the proper way to do a special case subsection in a section? This is mostly in a proof/logical statement context i.e. To show ... \...
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How to cite several testimonies from the same House Bill in Apa

We are attempting to cite several testimonies, both parenthetically and on the references page. Any help would be appreciated.
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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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In microsoft word I want to show more information in the citation

I have a citation in a word doc and want to show more information in the reference text on the page. So we have I want to change (Heymann,2020) to "Heymann, D. (2020, May 4). Malaria" I have ...
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Book on sentence structure/variety

Is there a good book on sentence structure and variety? My goal is to improve the way my sentences flow on the page and to improve the reader experience.
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APA style footnote explanation

What is the recommended way of explaining terms, like psychometrics, that are not essential to the paper (APA style)? Is it possble to add a footnote plus reference to explain the term? Or explain ...
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How can I cite multiple pages from the same site with no author listed in MLA?

I'm writing an MLA paper which in which I need to site 2 pages from https://www.merriam-webster.com. Here are what my citations look like in my works cited page: "dirigisme". Merriam-...

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