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Is it more expensive to self publish or use a publisher?

There are so-called vanity publishers that you pay to publish your printed book. Only use them if you want a limited number of printed copies of your work to give away for free to your friends and ...
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When submitting a letter to an agent for publication of a novel, what does it mean to say that your manuscript is "complete"?

Complete means done. Completely. It means you can send the version you believe is already publishable, right now. If you are still fiddling with the content, it isn't done. Publishers do not care if ...
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When submitting a letter to an agent for publication of a novel, what does it mean to say that your manuscript is "complete"?

"Complete", in this context, means first and foremost that you have written the whole text from beginning to end and not just the first few chapters. Since many, if not most, agents and ...
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Is it more expensive to self publish or use a publisher?

I've done both, though in different areas. I have two self-published fiction books that essentially nobody cares about. I suck at marketing, and as a consequence I sold about 10 copies of each of them,...
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Is it more expensive to self publish or use a publisher?

+1 to Ben. All I would add is that the traditional route of agents and publishers mean your book is read by professional evaluators of your genre that understand the current market and what is selling,...
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Do I sell my prescriptive nonfiction book to an agent or directly to a publisher?

Publishing houses will let you know (and indeed usually specify this on their website) whether they accept manuscript submissions and, if so, in which genres. A book proposal is a proposal to write a ...
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Could I publish a one-sentence book?

Yes, you can. You can write (and publish) anything you please. It's unlikely, though, that anyone will want to buy that book. There are certainly cases were such a book that contains only a single ...
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