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The chances of getting a three volume set of 400,000 word novels by an unknown writer accepted for publication are as near to zero as makes no difference. Such a project would be extremely expensive and represent a huge risk for a publisher. It is not entirely impossible, but it is highly unlikely. Something like 80 to 120 thousand is a more acceptable range,...


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I've seen many novels that don't have a Table of Contents. In a non-fiction book, it makes a lot of sense to have a TOC. Someone might want to skip to the part that is of interest to him right now. If, say, I was searching for information about the Battle of Gettysburg, I might open a book called "History of the Civil War" and look for a chapter whose title ...


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How and where you cite depends entirely on your audience. For school reports and academic/scientific papers, you use formal citations both in the body of the text and in footnotes or endnotes. You're writing a popular science book. Formal citations will slow down the reader and probably turn most of them off. You want prose that catches the imagination ...


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Different publishers will have different preferences about this. An academic press is likely to prefer a more academic style. A popular press will prefer a more popular style. Ultimately, this decision is going to be up to the publisher. If you know who the publisher is, ask them which style they prefer. If you don't know yet, use the style you are used to ...


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A lot of factors collide to make a book a bestseller. It's not just the writing - there's also how original the concept is, and how much it speaks to the audience, the right place, the right time, and probably more. The same book might not have sold as well had it been published a few years earlier or a few years later. Or it might have sold just as well. ...


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How can you market a book if you don't speak the language in that country? This overlaps a bit with your previous post, but might be the most challenging part of this approach. Unless your Japanese is advanced, you might have to pay people to help you translate marketing materials. Luckily, Japanese social media is particularly private and it wouldn't be ...


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No. But take into account the context that you are passing to the reader and whether it is the intended one. Also, in countries like USA people have actual names from all over the world. Nobody complains (okay, I guess that a few do, but you get the point). As a woman, I find it very interesting that men would like to try out female pen names. Speaking ...


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