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When submitting my manuscript to a publisher, how should I answer "What are you prepared to do to market your book?"?

I am a new author, preparing to submit my manuscript. The publisher's submission form has asks a question I am somewhat confused on. "What are you prepared to do to market your book?" One of ...
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Use nonbreaking space when cross-referencing and citing?

I am writing a scientific report. In general, should I use non-breaking spaces in my cross-references and citations? Here are some examples where I use tilde where a nonbreaking space might be used. ...
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How do you write a submission for a previously published book (taken off the market by the author) and introducing a 2nd book in the original series

The original children's historical fiction picture book was self published by the author. It sold a few thousand and was on Amazon but was too expensive to continue being published by the author's ...
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Scrivener, footnotes are missing/misformated when compiling to PDF (Windows 3; V3.0)

I'm creating a novel in Scrivener 3.0 that makes heavy use of footnotes. In recent compile tests on a chapter, I'm finding that on one page the footnotes are being displayed laid on top of the text at ...
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A BibTeX for Reference-Style Links in Markdown?

Both Daring Fireball and Markdown Guide suggest that in Markdown writing, reference-style links can be put at the end of the document (say) or right after the reference is made. My question arises ...
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Scrivener challenge with page numbers

I am having a challenge with getting page numbering to work in Scrivener (Windows). I have set Page Header/Footer checked for "Not on page 1", unchecked on "Count page 1". Here is my problem. I have ...
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Onomatopoeia for a noise people make when shutting someone up?

When someone wants to shut someone else up, they often make a noise that sounds kind of like "up-up-up," or "ah-ah-ah," often while putting a finger to the person's mouth. How ...
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What do these 3 numbers mean on the copyright page?

Text: published in the USA by Hyperion Books for Children 2005 Published in Great Britain by Puffin Books 2005 This edition published 2013 020 What do the 3 numbers mean?
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Does publishing my story on sites like Royal Road or ScribbleHub reduce (or increase) the story's market value? Why?

I read dozens of stories serialized on the web, for free, on sites like Royal Road and ScribbleHub. And several of them sign contracts with publishers, get "sold" to the 'zon, audiobook, ...
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Can ibid. follow op. cit. instead of loc. cit. to convey "exactly as in the op. cit. above"?

It would seem that the more familiar ibid. could be used instead of the more intricate loc. cit. in such a case. For example if we have: 11. Stern, op. cit., p. 58. and the subsequent citation is to ...
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Protecting a POV in visual adaptation of a novel

I’m considering allowing a film adaptation of my novel but want the “frame story” message maintained. What would this device technically be called in the agreement? Example: The original Planet of the ...
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Is a comparative title in an ongoing book series considered a recent comp or not?

I have a novel where I have an excellent comparative ("comp") title in mind, but the book is part of an ongoing series of novels (scifi/fantasy, if it matters). The suggested time range for ...
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How do I write dual POV (probably in first person)?

Thinking about certain scenes in my book and the messages/themes I want to convey, it seems best to write from two different POVs: the young adult female protagonist and the older male protagonist. In ...
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What is this literary device called?

A direct quote from the bible is changed for comedic effect. Is it an allusion? maybe a paronomastic pan? And God said: “Let there be cake. And there was cake. And God saw that it was good.”
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What are good tips for a subject line when emailing a query letter?

Do I include the title of my book? The genre? Do I just say "query letter?" It seems like it should be easy but after I've heard how hard it is to get an agent I feel like it matters a lot.

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