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Should an emoji come before or after a full-stop? 🤔

There is no real grammatical rule for this and the very fact that you are using emoji shows that grammar probably isn't very important. That being said, from what I see on social media, most people ...
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Should an emoji come before or after a full-stop? 🤔

I have an insight that might or not help you : I once had the very same question, but for my native language: French. I sent a mail to the "Académie française", which is the french official language ...
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Are illustrations in novels frowned upon?

There are exceptions to the "no illustrations" trend. For example, Susanna Clarke's Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrel is filled with black-and-white illustrations reminiscent of the wood engravings ...
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Are illustrations in novels frowned upon?

Books for young children --including novels --are almost always illustrated, and the younger the audience age, the more elaborate and central the illustrations. Middle grade novels frequently have at-...
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Will including maps at the end of my novel keep readers engaged?

I can't remember which book series it was but it included a map at the start of the book of the entire continent where the story took place and at the start of each chapter another map that was zoomed ...
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Should an emoji come before or after a full-stop? 🤔

Emoji is new and I believe there haven't any grammar rules related to emojis. You can put it before, after, or even as a full-stop. If you ask me, I prefer to put it as a substitute of punctuation ...
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Should an emoji come before or after a full-stop? 🤔

A sentence is made up of words, hence Emoji should have no place in them. Putting them after a full stop is the most sensible option. Writing out a sentence, then inserting an Emoji, then the full ...
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Outsourcing people to make a cover

I've had very good luck with fiverr.com (yes, two r's). It is called "fiverr" because the artists are supposed to be able to do some (relatively small) thing for $5 US. I have zero financial interest ...
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Describe illustrated characters?

Think about people who may use a screenreader (or like audiobooks) E-Books are very important and a lot of books are sold as hard-copies and as e-books alike. This allows people with a disability to "...
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Outsourcing people to make a cover

There are sites where artists who do book covers list themselves as looking for work. And there are individual websites or social media for various artists. Look around and find someone you like, or ...
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Are illustrations in novels frowned upon?

In general, @Galastel is correct; the problem is the costs. That said, the first Harry Potter Book by J.K. Rowling contains "illustrations", my copy of "Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone" contains ...
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Will including maps at the end of my novel keep readers engaged?

Maps are useful supplemental material for a novel, but can prove awkward if a novel becomes overly reliant on them for clarity. While it is now less of an issue than it has been in the past decades, ...
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Illustrations for a children's book to be republished

You need to consult with a lawyer. This question overlaps with contract law and copyright law and seeing as you don't have any of the original contracts it will be difficult to establish what happened....
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Is nudity allowed in historical nonfiction?

Do you have photo permissions from every person in every picture? If you don't, your question is irrelevant. You can't just publish pictures of other people without their permission. Nude pictures are ...
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Knowing when to use pictures over words

First, always include a picture of the finished product. It helps me, as the customer, realise what it is they're trying to achieve, it helps me see whether my intermediary stage is in the right ...
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Usage of an old photo with expired copyright

Follow the rules set out on the page you want to copy from. The railway schedule is part of the Bob MacIntosh Collection. Bob has given the DARDPI wiki permission to use his image collection and for ...
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Are illustrations in novels frowned upon?

Illustrations tend to be pretty popular in fantasy and (to a lesser degree) sci-fi books - authors often include maps to give people an idea about the geography of the worlds they've created. However,...
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Should I bother allowing images (headshots) for pen names?

Some writers put their image on the back of books, some don't. I think in the end as long as you provide it as a choice and not make the image required, you shouldn't have an issue. Some people ...
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Do published authors have rights to use their own book cover images?

Your contract should spell out what, if any, rights you have to use the cover art and/or book excerpts for promotional purposes. Typically, smaller or independent presses will be more than happy to ...
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Should I bother allowing images (headshots) for pen names?

Speaking from personal experience, as one who as published under multiple pseudonyms, I would have relished the ability to have a non-identifying image in place of a headshot. So many creative ways ...
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Will including maps at the end of my novel keep readers engaged?

[Added May 20, 2020. I just noticed that the question was about a real word situation about a century ago. People do know more about the geography of the real world than they know about the ...
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When you can't even draw a stick man...? (concept art)

You are not "overthinking," though perhaps you are in need of encouragement to keep writing. Many others have had these self-same questions. In my research and reading to learn "how to write" I came ...
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Should embedded figures/images be placed before or after they are referred to in text?

This depends in part on the type of writing (technical reference manual? novel with illustrations? etc) and how people will read it (printed book? online?). If a reader follows a reasonable path1 ...
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Describe illustrated characters?

A book should be a book, first and foremost, even if it has illustrations. It needs to be able to work on its own. Then, good illustrations add a new level of meaning and depth. The ideal is that ...
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Do I need less exposition if I'm going to add images?

No (generally) This answer is about light novels, which are short novels punctuated with occasional full page illustrations. They are different from graphic novels and manga because they are mostly ...
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Author and illustrator - Do publishers like authors who are also illustrators?

But why is it ‘harder’ to sell a book if you submit both text and illustrations? Why isn’t it more of a ‘can’t hurt, might help’ sort of scenario? It's a common misconception that editors/agents '...
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How to describe a seemingly-random doodle/symbol, whose details are significant?

Since this is a script, not a novel or a story, go ahead and describe it from a functional standpoint when it first appears: In the bottom right corner is the Chinese character for "danger", but ...
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