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How to identify whether a publisher is genuine or not?

Anthologies are often different from other publishing. It is common for small publishers or even individuals to put together a call for an anthology to include any short work: comics, artwork, poems, ...
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Do editors rewrite?

The editor is there to make sure the publisher is happy with what they're publishing. This doesn't always coincide with what the writer wants to say, but the reasons for this will include many that ...
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How to plan the font size in a fiction?

Assuming you aren't self-publishing, all concerns about the font-size and typography belong to the final publisher (unless you're playing fancy games with fonts, which is rare, and probably not a good ...
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How to identify whether a publisher is genuine or not?

A publisher that primarily makes money from authors, not from sales, is called a "vanity press." These are generally not considered real or legitimate publishers in the industry. However they do ...
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What are the pros/cons of writing in English in a non-English country?

You should write in whatever language you are most comfortable with. Personally, I find that one of the biggest downfalls in writing is worrying about your audience too much. You will eventually build ...
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Do editors rewrite?

It changes from editor to editor and from writer to writer. There are stories where the original manuscript was completely turned upside down by the editor. A very famous case in Italy had the young ...
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Will the publisher/agent tell me what to write?

A This answer has been given multiple times before on this site, and it was consistently met with reservation and disbelief. Yet it is what I have learned from published authors: First novels are ...
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For publishing negotations I would like to know what a publishing company makes in profit?

Before you sign anything, read Kristine Kathryn Rusch's series on "Dealbreakers" -- clauses which, if they are in your contract, should make you walk away from the deal. For example, here's one about ...
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Why does word-count matter for a debut author?

I think I read this in the Sell Your Novel Toolkit, but I may have seen it elsewhere: Retail stores have limited space. Debut authors (except for a very limited few) have very limited shelf space. ...
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Do editors rewrite?

I'd also say it is worth seeing what "light editorial" is about. It might be worth asking what is driving them to change, I'd ask about a few (three) specific changes you see as critical that are ...
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How to identify whether a publisher is genuine or not?

I agree with Mark Baker, and Chris Sunami. It sounds like a scam. We have an equivalent thing in Academia, unfortunately it IS common for scientific journals to charge authors for publication, and ...
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Is it posssible to find a literary agent if I'm Egyptian but write in English?

I see no reason why not; agents have no bias against foreign writers, they want good stories. You seem to have a command of English, and you obviously have Internet access. The technical details of ...
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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?

Chasing the market is usually a bad idea. Unless you're an extremely fast writer, the trends may have changed again before you get there. In this case, the likely motivation is that the market is (...
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Can I publish a book under one company when I have published a book under another?

As long as you don't have a contract specifying that your next N books must be with Copmany A, there's no reason you can't go with Company B. If you mean that you self-published and want to change ...
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Is it possible to self-publish with a pseudonym but still be approachable for offers?

Make sure it is possible for prospective business partners to reach you. Create a website for your pseudonym where you advertise your work. Make sure that website is easy to find. Put the address into ...
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Do editors rewrite?

An editor should NEVER rewrite. What they should do is make suggestions on how to improve the writing. The writer will not always agree or even want to make changes. And I say this as someone who has ...
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Is it posssible to find a literary agent if I'm Egyptian but write in English?

I spent some time in Oman and Kuwait this year and in Egypt a few years back and found the people to be extremely welcoming and lovely. When I look around York I see many people from other parts of ...
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As an author, how can you ensure that your agent/publisher isn’t ripping you off by pocketing your money and giving you false info about sales?

How can you be sure your employer is telling the truth when she says there's no money for bonuses this year? Or your local farmer's market farmer who says the early rain messed with the harvest and ...
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Writer's Platform

Yes, you can. For example, the time I published my first book I already had a number of people willing to buy my book and who weren't related to me or weren't close friends of mine. It was a non-...
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Will the publisher/agent tell me what to write?

Terry's answer aligns with my knowledge, but here's a little more I'd add that is relevant to your question. Writers I know who have been agented are asked to revise their manuscripts before the ...
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Do British publishers change US English spelling to British English spelling?

I've seen a few books been published exactly as they were, and also many books that have been changed according to the place they're being published in, not only in language but also the context that ...
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What benefits might there be to membership in a Writer's Guild?

It depends on the specific organization. The one I know best is the SFWA -- the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America. They're pretty amazing; so they're a great example of what benefits a ...
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