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How can I contact JK Rowling for permission to publish my sequel for the Harry Potter series?

I'm sorry, but the chances of JK Rowling letting an amateur, unpublished writer use her ideas is zero. She and her partners have billions of dollars riding on the HP franchise. If she is tired of ...
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How can I contact JK Rowling for permission to publish my sequel for the Harry Potter series?

In an interview, Stephen Fry (who has recorded the audio-book versions of the Harry Potter series from the start) recalled how, at a book-signing that J.K. Rowling was doing, there were ...
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170k debut fantasy story. Is it possible?

Don't kill the one story. Expand until it is two: Slightly contradictory, but consider if your story is too long. Does it keep focus throughout the work? Are all areas of those pages equally relevant ...
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Is there an industry term for a letter inquiring if a publisher is interested in a work?

The term you're looking for is "query letter." Reedsy gives several tips for writing one: https://blog.reedsy.com/guide/how-to-write-a-query-letter/query-letter-examples/
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170k debut fantasy story. Is it possible?

Every single debut fantasy writer I know personally who had a long debut novel queried a shorter novel. They might have queried a 120K novel, landed an agent, and in revision with the agent, ended at ...
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170k debut fantasy story. Is it possible?

A good long story will work better than a story crammed into a length too short for it. (Not that there's any guarantee for even a good story.) Perhaps you should rope in beta readers. If other ...
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Copyright if I continue someone else's work

I am writing a book - continuing someone's book series. I'm sorry to say that you're already infringing copyright. You cannot publish books about other people's characters without their permission. ...
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170k debut fantasy story. Is it possible?

If I was in your position and I felt my novel was ready, then I'd write my pitch letter and send it out to agents that rep my genre. If they think the story has potential, then they will most likely ...
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Ligatures in modern novels - A Publishers perspective?

There's a difference between typographic ligatures (also called stylistic ligatures), such as fi, fl, ffi, and ct which are seen in some typefaces, and lexical ligatures, such as æ and œ. The latter ...
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Is it advantageous for authors to work as an LLC?

If an author does something which gives some other person grounds for a lawsuit, an LLC will not in general offer any protection to the author. For example, if a work is held to be defamatory, or an ...
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170k debut fantasy story. Is it possible?

You do not need to debut with the first (good) novel you complete. This shouldn't stop you from trying, but there is also nothing wrong with putting this one on the shelve for a while and publish it ...
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170k debut fantasy story. Is it possible?

Excellent question. You see, most publishers who work with new authors are reluctant to publish anything over 100,000 words, simply because they don't know if it will sell. However, there are ...
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Can I use something from another series in my own?

It depends on a lot of things: How much you use: A school that teaches magic is fine. A school in a castle in rural Scotland that teaches magic to children in secret, starting from age 11, is going ...
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Can authors work with a different publisher for a derivative work?

You will be "plagiarizing" some of the text in the first book for the second, you need to ensure (with an agent or lawyer) that you have the right to do this when negotiating the first book ...
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Can authors work with a different publisher for a derivative work?

It entirely depends on the details of the contract. Certainly a substantial part of the text is repeated, but the contract needs to spell out what rights are involved. On one hand, non competing ...
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Ligatures in modern novels - A Publishers perspective?

In digital printing, how ligatures work is part of the font definition. To get an idea of to what extent you can push that, have a look at "Sans Bullshit Sans", a font that replaces entire ...
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Can authors retell their own stories in different ways?

Sure. There are multiple recent examples of authors having done this: Stephanie Meyer wrote Midnight Sun, a retelling of the first Twilight novel from Edward Cullen's perspective EL James wrote Grey, ...
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How do you handle editions in comic books?

The frame challenge is that you have better tools at hand. Enters the Retcon Reframing past events to serve a current plot need. The ideal retcon clarifies a question alluded to without adding ...
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If writing a technical book, what's a "correct" way to write the manuscript and include graphs / charts / diagrams?

It will depend on the publisher. If you have a publisher in mind, it may be best to just ask them. Some examples: Sage Publishing welcomes LaTeX submissions ASCE on the other hand does not, they want ...
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Can I submit my manuscript to publisher as well as literary ageant?

As a general rule, publishers tend to fall into two categories: Large publishers will only consider agented submissions. Smaller publishers will consider unagented submissions and agents will ...
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Can I submit my manuscript to publisher as well as literary ageant?

Assuming you are asking about a novel, as along as you are complying with the publisher’s and agent’s submission policies you are free to submit your work to as many people as you want. The big ...
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Can you publish a webtoon on a webtoon website like webtoon in comic or manga format?

There are rules for what can be depicted on WEBTOON, but layout isn't one of them. Though the minority, there are community-published comics ("Canvas") that use a "traditional" ...
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How do you reduce a 5-page book proposal down to 1 page?

Start by compressing the book proposal into a single sentence with at most 25-35 words. Yes, you heard me. One sentence, at most 35 words. See step 1 in "The Snowflake Method For Designing A ...
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How or why would a publisher republish a work that's out of print?

In one word, sales. A publisher will republish a book when it thinks there is a renewed or continued demand for it. A new cover will be used when it seems likely to stimulate additional sales, or when ...
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Can I take the text of my own already published book (ebook & POD), amend & improve it, add new title and cover pic, and self-publish as a new book?

This entirely depends on the details of the contract. If you signed an abusive contract, you may never be able to legally publish it again. If you signed a good one but it's still in print, you ...
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should I insert a copyright notice into my Kindle Direct Publishing Vella publication?

It is not necessary to include a copyright notice in your Kindle Direct Publishing Vella publication, but doing so can help to deter potential infringers and establish your ownership of the work. You ...
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What does working after under contract look like?

I would think that it always depends on the company. The best way is always to ask them about their expectations and what they would expect. This will cut down the following risks: If they do not ...
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Could one sell a screenplay written for an animated show?

The Writers Guild of America (WGA) publishes median and maximum payments for scripts for both TV and Film. They represent writers on some of the top animated TV series on broadcast (‘Bob’s Burgers,’ ‘...
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Can you publish a single chapter of a manga series?

I believe you are allowed to sell anything legal on Amazon, as long as you aren't defrauding or misleading people. Another route is the website "Patreon", people "subscribe" for a ...
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Do you have to hire an editor to see if your novel is appropriate for an age group?

I would personally not get an editor to say what age range your book is for. For one, editors will probably not do anything for free. For another thing, it's fairly easy to tell. Think of your book as ...
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