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Uh oh - My book stinks. Now what?

Leave it there, you can always come back to it later. If it stinks that bad, you may not want your name associated with it. I personally have dozens of things kept in a folder that will likely never ...
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Is it true that good novels will automatically sell themselves on Amazon (and so on) and there is no need for one to waste time promoting?

It is most likely anecdotal evidence. There are always breakout successes where this worked - people published their story somewhere and it got big. 50 Shades of Grey comes to mind, which came out of ...
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How to make readers know that my work has used a hidden constraint?

You do not. Nowhere in Green Eggs and Ham does Dr. Seuss tell you that the whole thing is written using exactly 50 different words. It's an "Easter Egg" as @Alexander points out in a comment. It's ...
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Can I hire an author manager as a beginner author?

You certainly can --someone will always be willing to take your money --but there are multiple reasons this is a bad idea: 1) You're putting the cart before the horse: You're managing a writing ...
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Is it true that good novels will automatically sell themselves on Amazon (and so on) and there is no need for one to waste time promoting?

TL;DR: No I'm not really versed in the world of writing, but I do know things about software engineering and delivering content. If you are just writing for fun and the royalties are a bonus, you ...
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Can I bring back Planetary Romance as a genre?

This is literary science-fiction. I identified it by taking the genre it definitely must fit in, and then looking for a commonly used, readily understood modifier that subtracts the "gee whiz" ...
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Can I give a lecture about my book without disclosing my real name?

Yes...but... Yes, of course you can use your pen name. Your audiences need never hear anything different. None of your marketing materials need give your real name. The issue comes when you need ...
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Uh oh - My book stinks. Now what?

My first published book was the eighth one I had written. I don't know that the other seven were stinkers--they earned me literary representation, and four of them climbed quite high on the ladder at ...
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Is it a bad idea to adopt an 'English' pen name as an Asian American writer to reach a wider audience?

I think right now some publishers are looking for diversity, especially small presses. Li Ang Chang might get a little farther than Susan Brown, and probably quite a bit farther than Joe Brown. I ...
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Is it true that good novels will automatically sell themselves on Amazon (and so on) and there is no need for one to waste time promoting?

To be honest, I think what he says is fairly ignorant. He has a big audience already, mainly due to putting in a LOT of effort and dedication for years to grow his online image and brand. When you've ...
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I cannot figure out the exact genre (and target audience) of my book

Your novel has a major supernatural element in it: people come back from the dead. No matter how you spin it, the central premise of your novel is supernatural. Correct me if I am wrong, but if you ...
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Uh oh - My book stinks. Now what?

I've no idea how experienced you are or what your writing ideology is. I can tell my method and my view of my own work. Rather than read books on how other people do things - I simply wrote. The idea ...
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Can I hire an author manager as a beginner author?

Probably Thinking of a Literary Agent The role you are describing is really that of a Literary Agent. Part of the question is, "Would a Literary Agent take on an unknown and begin representing her/...
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I cannot figure out the exact genre (and target audience) of my book

Keep in mind, genre isn't an exact science, it's a marketing tool, and cross-genre books can actually do very well. Neuromancer is science-fiction noir. Star Wars is science-fiction fairy tale. ...
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How much web presence should I have?

You need a website As a fiction author you should buy a web domain (URL) as close to your nom de plume as possible. Include contact info, and a professional bio. If you want a blog or some personal ...
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Is it a bad idea to adopt an 'English' pen name as an Asian American writer to reach a wider audience?

People adopt pen names for all sorts of reasons. George Orwell, Mark Twain, and John Cougar Melloncamp all had pen names for different reasons. Realistically, there's no one that can answer this for ...
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How overcome the budget constraint while building a fiction writing career?

My advice is to ignore the people that advocate writing a book in one month, or two, or three. Even with no other duties, it takes me at least six months to finish my fifth draft of a book, and I may ...
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Is it true that good novels will automatically sell themselves on Amazon (and so on) and there is no need for one to waste time promoting?

I think this is a total myth. Even if the book is well written: If no one knows, that it exists, no one will buy it. Promotion is the way to tell the people "Hey, here I have a good novel and it ...
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Would it be better to write a trilogy over a much longer series?

I feel like publishers would regard trilogies as a safer bet than a long-winded series. But then again, publishers regard works from well-known authors as a safer bet, too. To paraphrase Brandon ...
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Will it help you to get published if you have a lot of followers of your writing?

If you have supporters following your blog, you might be able to argue that you have an audience who will buy your writing. However, to be meaningful to an agent and therefore a publisher, your ...
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What is "Buying Back My Book"?

The reference is to buying out of a publisher's exclusivity clause, in order to regain the rights required to republish your own work elsewhere. Writers often refer to "getting your rights back" for ...
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How to make readers know that my work has used a hidden constraint?

First of all, I think that that kind of serious constraint is mostly a stunt. It can be interesting, once. Usually an introduction or blurb for that sort of work explains the constraint, and why the ...
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I don't want to be introduced as a "Minority Novelist"

Author talking points and author background might give a reviewer or journalist something to write about. 1st-time fiction authors are – publicity wise – a dime-a-dozen. If there is a way to talk ...
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Uh oh - My book stinks. Now what?

The same thing has happened to me. I wrote my first book in 2007. It turned out okay, but it wasn't something I was going to release to the world as it was. Since then I've moved onto other things. ...
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How much web presence should I have?

At a bare minimum, you need a central landing place to direct people to in your marketing. The important items you want to cover are: Title and brief description (genre, audience) of your book. Your ...
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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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