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I spent 25 years in prison writing epic fantasy manuscripts. All are handwritten due to my circumstances. What is the best way to get them published?

The first step is to type up one of your stories in standard manuscript form. Preferably your best and most favorite story. 'Best' because that maximizes your chances of getting literary ...
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I can't afford an editor because my book is too long! What should I do?

I hope to one day have a book published by a major publishing house. ... most women aren't into this type of material. You are not alone. I suggest you google 400,000 word novel (roughly your ...
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How can I make my book longer without it feeling like padding, while also not significantly changing the plot?

Here's my advice: don't worry about adding more just yet. It's your first draft. From my experience, it's going to get longer. Both my sister and I are working on writing books. My sister's story (a ...
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How can I make my book longer without it feeling like padding, while also not significantly changing the plot?

Some authors tend to "write short" (use the minimal possible words and then need to expand) and some tend to "write long" (write too much then need to cut) when it comes to first ...
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How can my book purchase get the most money to an author?

In most cases, traditionally published authors are paid by the publisher. They are paid an advance on royalties when the book is purchased. If the book earns out — sells enough copies to cover the ...
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How can my book purchase get the most money to an author?

You should buy whichever format you prefer. Prices will be adapted to cover cost. In the end, authors will earn the same. You should not buy from Amazon, when a book is available elsewhere too, as ...
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I can't afford an editor because my book is too long! What should I do?

Just to add to Wetcircuit's excellent answer (which I 100% agree with and won't reiterate) here's a few thoughts about why your novel is so long: Is the book definitely "one story"? As in, ...
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I spent 25 years in prison writing epic fantasy manuscripts. All are handwritten due to my circumstances. What is the best way to get them published?

Regardless of the method of publication, you will have to get them into an electronic form, because computer files are how everyone handles such things these days. You could transcribe them by hand, ...
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I spent 25 years in prison writing epic fantasy manuscripts. All are handwritten due to my circumstances. What is the best way to get them published?

Read it out loud into a voice-to-text app on any device/OS Perhaps a better alternative to manually typing into a computer, or using handwriting recognition software would be to simply read the ...
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How do I protect my future rights when approaching a publisher with a completed short story?

Well, usually magazines buy only first publishing rights + limited anthology rights. So you don't have to protect anything because that's all they want. If you're finding magazines that say they want ...
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I spent 25 years in prison writing epic fantasy manuscripts. All are handwritten due to my circumstances. What is the best way to get them published?

You stated you "spent 25 years in prison" and has been trying to publish for years. I'll assume you have ways to contact the outside world or are already out of prison. Going the way of ...
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I spent 25 years in prison writing epic fantasy manuscripts. All are handwritten due to my circumstances. What is the best way to get them published?

Assuming you weren't in jail for something that people would hate you for (child abuse, rape, some murder), you may have an EXCELLENT back-story. Having written the stories in jail is something that ...
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Is it okay to use words from other languages as names?

Many names in English are just regular words from other languages. I know someone called Aimee, which is "loved one" or beloved in French. She is "named after" her father, whose ...
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Is it okay to use words from other languages as names?

I wouldn't deem it offensive if I ran across a name in your story that forms a word in my language, but it's a little too likely I might find it funny or distracting. Same goes for other languages if ...
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I can't afford an editor because my book is too long! What should I do?

Edit Yourself, and Writing Circles Paying someone to edit your work is hardly a requirement of traditional publishing. You can critically engage your own work and it will improve. Likewise, you can ...
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How can my book purchase get the most money to an author?

Advice from an author: From the blog of Ilona and Andrew Gordon, authors: Where is the best place to buy your books that gets you the best returns for revenue/publicity? I’ve been buying my books ...
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I spent 25 years in prison writing epic fantasy manuscripts. All are handwritten due to my circumstances. What is the best way to get them published?

If you are asking about how to convert from hand-written paper to an editable computer document, reasonably up to date cell phones can recognize and transcribe the text by photographing a printed page ...
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Should I self-publish my first ever novel?

Take the win After entering the first few chapters in a writing competition, I learned I had beat out about 900 other submissions and even received a full manuscript request from an agent. This is a ...
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Should I self-publish my first ever novel?

Wow, there are so many angles to explore. It sounds like you've just about given up hope of finding a traditional publisher. Therefore, your options are 1) self-publish the book, or 2) throw it in the ...
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Should I mention the number of books I'm planning to have in my novel series?

1 When querying agents or publishers, you should display your skills and competence as a writer. It is part of a writer's ability to know what they are writing: a standalone novel, a multi-volume work,...
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Should I mention the number of books I'm planning to have in my novel series?

No, you should not mention it. Near the end, you can mention you believe there is the potential to create a book series with your character, but I'd leave it that. Just focus on selling the one book, ...
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Posting Poetry by Deceased Persons

In the United States, the Copyright Act of 1977 asserts that the copyright of works written by people who died in the 1920s expired in the 1990s. That means the works are in the public domain and you ...
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Article was not published within agreed time, how do you avoid/handle this situation?

Look in your publishing contract. (In the absence of a contract, the written communication between you and your publisher can serve as an agreement and stand in for a contract.) If the contract (or a ...
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Does the author change if rights are completely transferred?

Typically, in a standard publishing contract, even if the publisher has substantial creative control, it's still customary for the authors name to remain on the work. It's important to carefully ...
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Does the author change if rights are completely transferred?

I feel this is the best way to work with the publisher No, this is the best way to stop working with the publisher. If you want to get rid of your manuscript and never touch it again and never see it ...
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How is the process of finding a company to publish your book like? How much does it averagely cost to publish your book? How do you promote your book?

Unless you are self-publishing or working with a hybrid publisher, publishing doesn't cost the author anything. While there are legitimate hybrid publishers -- writer and publisher share costs for ...
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Front matter layout for hardcover

The common traditional ordering of the front matter and its elements are listed in the Wikipedia article on Book Design: half title (contains the title of the work in small print) frontispice or ...
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Any tips on how to gain a following online in order to publish books?

Start a blog. Write guest posts for other blogs and news outlets such as online and print magazines and newspapers. Position yourself as an expert for your topics and give interviews for tv and ...
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