Literalman
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In this day and age should the definition / categorisation of erotica be revised?
19 votes

You didn't say who lost their minds, but your question implies that it was wannabe writers. Did you read this to a writers' group? It is quite explicit erotically, and it's not right to assume that ...

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Is it poor form to paraphrase well known authors in dialogue?
6 votes

If someone recognized it as a paraphrase, I’d call it a literary allusion. It’s OK to borrow from an author if both you and the listener know it’s not your original thought. If I don't hear a ...

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Is it true that writers don't really need agents and they can just query publishers directly, as Dean Wesley Smith says?
3 votes

My agent at Wordwise Media found a publisher (Writer's Digest Books) for my book The Editor's Companion and was confident enough to request a substantial advance. I thought we would never cover the ...

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To what extent should we fear giving offense?
2 votes

The editor “will see to it that the sensibilities of the readers … have been respected and not unnecessarily offended”—Words Into Type (Englewood Cliffs, NJ: Prentice-Hall, 1974), p. 57. I agree, and ...

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Problems with picture alignment in Microsoft Word - which other DTP software can I use?
2 votes

In Microsoft Word, use tables instead of text boxes. The tables won't bounce around the page the way text boxes will. You can just create a one-row, one-column table to hold the picture and (if there ...

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Does Dean Wesley Smith's recommended method of writing into the dark, editing and sending actually produce quality writing that editors accept?
1 votes

All three answers have good insights. In answer to part of the poster’s question (“Is there anyone here who actually writes like this? And how successful have you been in doing this?”), yes, I have ...

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Citing a paper presented at conference
1 votes

Victoria University in Melbourne, Australia, has guidance for citing conference proceedings at http://libraryguides.vu.edu.au/apa-referencing/conference-proceedings Hope this helps: The basics of a ...

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Is it advisable to begin marketing a book before it is published?
1 votes

I worked for two book publishers, and books were often offered at a prepublication discount. This would bring in some money ahead of the printing bills, and it would allow any large orders (such as ...

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MS Word: images and lists break paragraph formatting
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0 votes

It’s a bit hard for me to see, but it appears that every paragraph on each page has a black square in the left margin, indicating that the “Keep with next” or "Keep lines together” attribute or both ...

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Is there a better way to introduce acronyms through a dialogue?
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Although it's intended for journalistic writing, the Associated Press style guide has a useful list of acronyms that don't need to be explained to readers. NASA is on the list. The guide says to use ...

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Dumping an entire world for dramatic effect?
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I think all the answers, pro and con, have merit. I’d like to add that if the change and how it affects the characters is the main point to be explored, I think it could work.

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