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Q&A Will it help you to get published if you have a lot of followers of your writing?

Background To be honest, I really didn't know how to title this question. Anyway, the background. I was sitting around in front of the plan for the second book of my trilogy. Woohoo! I finished th...

3 answers  ·  posted 6y ago by Daniel Cann‭  ·  last activity 1y ago by desbest‭

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Q&A In 2021, which publishers distribute novellas?

The Hugo awards are prominent fan awards in the SF&amp;F genre. In 2021, I noticed that all of the finalists in the Novella category are from a single publisher, Tor.com. Novellas have, I underst...

2 answers  ·  posted 1y ago by Monica Cellio‭  ·  last activity 1y ago by Mark Baker‭

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Q&A How to determine relative success of different, similar books published by different means?

This answer discusses how to choose between traditional print publishing, ebook publishing, self publishing, etc., and concludes by stating that You should publish your book using the channel wher...

1 answer  ·  posted 2y ago by Canina‭  ·  last activity 2y ago by msh210‭

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Q&A What is the main publishing format authors should be using today?

I've recently begun investigating the publishing process, and what I as an author need to do to get my book read. I'm aware of the self-publishing option, but as I have not studied any options exte...

1 answer  ·  posted 2y ago by Thomas Myron‭  ·  last activity 2y ago by Mark Baker‭

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Q&A Is publishing a book around the age of 14 possible?

I'm currently in the beginning stages of writing a book. I'm not very far along (I have the lore for the universe written and about half of the outline) however I am genuinely pursuing this. I want...

1 answer  ·  posted 3y ago by Carlie‭  ·  last activity 2y ago by Mark Baker‭

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Q&A Is the first page of a novel really that important?

I am reading in a few blogs like this that the first page of the novel is really important if it has to get published. Is this true? Can a good story not compensate for an ordinary first page. I h...

6 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by codeNewbie‭  ·  last activity 2y ago by DPT‭

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Q&A Choice of words on writing

Novice on writing here, except few academic reports. I've got an idea to write a blog about my travel experiences, Although I speak Queen's English, I wish to write this blog for anyone interested...

2 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by Vishwa‭  ·  last activity 2y ago by Secespitus‭

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Q&A Should one invest in a professional editor before querying?

Let's say you have completed a novel. Since you're not totally naive, you have also complete a few drafts, where with "few" I mean at least more than two. You are at a point that your book seems ...

1 answer  ·  posted 3y ago by Liquid‭  ·  last activity 2y ago by DPT‭

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Q&A Do living authors still get paid royalties for their old work?

Do authors still get paid royalties for their old works? For example, If I decided to buy a copy of the "Odessa File" by Frederick Forsyth or "Kane and Abel" by Jeffery Archer, do the authors get p...

3 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by srini‭  ·  last activity 2y ago by Mark Baker‭

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Q&A Are competitions worth it in order to get published?

I have recently finished my 25,000 word novella and contacted some publishers and agents about a month ago. I have only heard back from a couple rejecting me but considering the format of my book a...

4 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by Tttttttttttttt‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by Mark Baker‭

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Q&A Is it a copyright violation to have the character share some characteristics with a known character?

More specifically, consider the following examples: 1) Say my protagonist is a boy who has a lightning-bolt scar on his forehead, wears round glasses, and has dark hair and green eyes. His name is ...

3 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by Adyescu‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by Mark Baker‭

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Q&A Replacing Amazon's ISBNs

I published many paperbacks with Amazon ISBNs. Everything was perfect but some books became too popular (sold well) and it was the beginning of my drama. I completely lost control (long story). Th...

2 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by Eve‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by DPT‭

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Q&A How can I make my 'first draft' good enough to be published?

One of my bugbears about writing is the editing process. I'd much rather get it right first time, rather than chop this and change that afterwards. Other industries would not tolerate the rather c...

5 answers  ·  posted 4y ago by robertcday‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by Kevin‭

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Q&A Would it be better to write a trilogy over a much longer series?

I'm planning out a long series (more than five books as is). It's very optimistic, I know. But I'm just wondering: Would it be better to plan out my series as a trilogy, leaving room to expand if...

3 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by klippy‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by Mark Baker‭

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Q&A What determines genre?

Is the "genre" a piece of fiction belongs to determined by the author, or by the editor and publishing house? Is there an established definition for each genre, or is it largely ad hoc? I ask bec...

6 answers  ·  posted 12y ago by Zayne S Halsall‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by Mark Baker‭

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Q&A Is it a bad idea to adopt an 'English' pen name as an Asian American writer to reach a wider audience?

There is currently a dearth of Asian American writers on U.S. library bookshelves, and those few authors who are Asian Americans tend to write about things associated with Asian culture. Think of A...

8 answers  ·  posted 6y ago by Sharpie‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A Am I Breaking Too Many Rules?

I've finally committed to writing my first novel. I've been listening to things like Writing Excuses which encourages first time writers to finish their works, but I'm definitely writing an old dar...

5 answers  ·  posted 5y ago by Kirk‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A Can I publish a book under one company when I have published a book under another?

I published two books with a publishing company, and I was wondering whether I could publish my next one with a different one. Can I?

1 answer  ·  posted 6y ago by Clover‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A Is there any risk of being published in the wrong genre?

From this question: However, unless you're an established author, you don't have the luxury of declaring your work to be fantasy or science fiction like Fowler does; someone else has to do that...

2 answers  ·  posted 6y ago by Summer‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A Do you believe a role play can be published?

Do you think a role play can be good for publishing after some editing from the partners? Role Playing is my beloved hobby, but I am not sure what it takes to present it as decent literature.

1 answer  ·  posted 6y ago by Lady Fickle‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A How many errata are too many?

I'm not sure this is the right Stack Exchange Community for this question, but here I go. I bought a book on Machine Learning from a (I believe) popular publisher a few days ago. It's a first edit...

2 answers  ·  posted 7y ago by houcros‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A Current best program for self-publishing?

What is the best program (or programs) for layout, typesetting, and then printing (at home, or taking files to a printing shop) a book? It would need to be one which takes into account the way page...

1 answer  ·  posted 7y ago by Ash‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A Figuring out when a book was printed [closed]

I've recently purchased a book from Amazon, and I was curious as to when it was printed. I looked at the copyright page, which looks like this: The biggest year number shown in this page is 19...

1 answer  ·  posted 9y ago by Ram Rachum‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A What type of writing would this fall under?

Would this be considered prose, or poetry? The reason I ask is because someone had told me that I should submit it to a magazine but I don't know what kind, if any would look at it. I write it abou...

1 answer  ·  posted 10y ago by Lokiie1984‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A IF i want to write an episode to a TV sitcom, how can i send it to the TV network?

what are the steps to such thing, i want to write an episode to beavis and butthead and send it to MTV ,i don't live in the USA,i don't know if that a problem , please provide me with all the detai...

1 answer  ·  posted 10y ago by XNA‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A How to summarize prolonged plot

I'm trying to write a summary of my book's plot for a query letter to literary agents, but my plot is extremely hard to summarize. The reason is that the plot is fast-paced, erratic, and constantl...

2 answers  ·  posted 11y ago by Yehuda Shapira‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A Software recommendations for magazine layout?

I use Word now but I would like to find a better software for laying out a magazine. In this magazine, I would like to create columns (2 or 3 depending on the page), insert image on 1, 2 or 3 colu...

1 answer  ·  posted 11y ago by Jonathan‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A No English degree, what are my chances on successfully publishing a novel?

I don't have an English or Writing-related degree in any way. As of right now, I have no degree, but what I mean is that I'm not even pursuing a degree in writing. How does this hurt my chances? D...

2 answers  ·  posted 11y ago by bdrelling‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A Am I a new writer?

I have a very crudely written book that I self published through Amazon in 2013. I did not do any advertising for the book and it only sold about 80 copies. I am now in the process of a query let...

2 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by Steven Johnson‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A When do you stop "pushing" a book?

Let's suppose you have finished your novel, through all the appropriate stages of drafting and editing needed. You begin submitting the book to various agents and/or publishing companies, but none ...

2 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by Liquid‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A Authorship implications of presenting one’s manuscript as an older one in the prologue

Umberto Eco, E. T. A. Hoffmann and others have pretended (in the introduction to the story) to have found and edited obscure old manuscripts. In my view this added to the charm of their writings. ...

2 answers  ·  posted 4y ago by Ludi‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A What is the difference between literature and review study?

I had submitted a review article few days before and I have received a comment from an editor of a journal. The comment is " Is it literature or review study"? I am wondering that I had submitted ...

1 answer  ·  posted 4y ago by user55697‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A How to get my book taken seriously as a teenager? [closed]

I have been working on a book for a while, and I probably will be done with it soon. My work is very original in my mind and in the end, this book will be very high quality. But I have been wonderi...

4 answers  ·  posted 5y ago by lightofdeanthomas‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A What paper stock should I use for the soft cover of my book?

I do soft cover books and laminate the top side, and therein lies the problem. The cover keeps curling up too much. I have tried Ningbo 350gsm which works perfect except that now it's too stiff and...

1 answer  ·  posted 5y ago by System‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A How can I (or can I?) create a Canva.com cover for a CreateSpace 6"x9" title? [closed]

http://canva.com appears to offer support for multiple formats including eBook (and also Kindle), but what I can't tell from the homepage is whether they offer direct support for creating a cover (...

1 answer  ·  posted 6y ago by Christos Hayward‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A how to tell if a book will be a bestseller? [closed]

I wrote a novel and it is Science fiction based novel. Almost every close friend of mine read the novel and none of them gave a negative response. What are the possibilities that I need to assume, ...

1 answer  ·  posted 3y ago by Niranjan Mahajan‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A What team do I need to start creating comics?

In my last question Does marvel accept new heroes by other people, people advised me to start creating my own comics. I wonder what kind of professions I need and how many people to start publishin...

4 answers  ·  posted 4y ago by Ver Nick says Reinstate Monica‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A Help with my story - elements of a scene

I’m writing a story where a vampire pulls a girl into a room so he can feed off her without anyone knowing. What are the things I should consider when I describe her being pulled into a room by hi...

2 answers  ·  posted 4y ago by Alison Smith‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A Enigma Book with a money prize

The idea is simple: we intend to publish a puzzle book that contains a difficult enigma. The first one to solve this enigma will win a prize (i.e., $10.000). Some obvious rules: The solution need...

2 answers  ·  posted 4y ago by Chaotic‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A What are some effective ways to gain readers?

I seem to be having trouble finding any readers. I have my work in progress on Wattpad right now, but I only have 527 reads. I don't know what I'm doing wrong with my promotion. I post my story...

2 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by Aspen the Artist and Author‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A What journals publish surreal fiction?

I'm trying to place a short story that is surreal. So while it has science fiction elements, it isn't really science fiction. At the same time it's a bit too weird to be literary fiction. Does anyo...

1 answer  ·  posted 4y ago by Luke‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A Submitting a partially complete draft?

I'm 50,000 words into my first book. Based on my plot and roadmap, that's about 25% of the way into it, so about 200k. I have roughly 110 pages in a good place, as I've already re-drafted three or...

1 answer  ·  posted 6y ago by kmunky‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A Is this America Star Books Special Services unsolicited email a positive step in publishing and marketing?

I received the following in unsolicited email: Hello, My name is ___________. I saw that you have written _________. My question for you is: may I promote the book at the Los Angeles Times...

1 answer  ·  posted 7y ago by Christos Hayward‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A Misleading facts in the About the Author section

In the 'About the Author' section of Cuckoo's calling, it says that Robert Galbraith spent several years in the military etc etc. But now that we all know who Robert Galbraith is...does this not co...

1 answer  ·  posted 8y ago by Victor123‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A Meeting with a respected publisher, what questions should I ask?

At a writing conference I've managed to snag a 15 minute appointment with a publisher (who published Terry Pratchett, my favourite author). I'm a debut fantasy novelist. She will have received a c...

2 answers  ·  posted 8y ago by Tristan Warner-Smith‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A What is first electronic rights?

I am unsure if I adequately understand the concept of first electronic rights. If I post a story on a writers' website for free but also publish it through Amazon, will it affect me?

1 answer  ·  posted 9y ago by Javeer Baker‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A Is there a way to ask online booksellers to pull pirated editions of my books?

Eight of my books are available on Google Books as 100% online, downloadable, but no Creative Commons licensing. Now I am starting to see them show up in bookstores, in versions I didn't have print...

1 answer  ·  posted 9y ago by Christos Hayward‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A Can a literary agent be hired?

I've sent my manuscript to tens of literary agents. Strangely enough, I received no positive response. My question: Can I hire a literary agent? If yes, how much it costs? Are there other ways (e...

1 answer  ·  posted 10y ago by porton‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A First-time meeting with publisher & editors (What to expect)

My fiancée is a first-time children's book author. What should she expect from her first meeting with the publisher and editors? Any advice? They've already seen some samples of her unpublished ...

1 answer  ·  posted 10y ago by Old McStopher‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A How can I make a collection of essays / arguments more attractive to publishers?

I've written several essays and am still working on some that I would like to eventually get published. The issues I cover are on a wide range of topics ranging from Scientology to Piracy to Demo...

4 answers  ·  posted 10y ago by J.T.‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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