Publishing is the act of printing and distributing writing in physical or electronic form. It may refer to the commercial publishing industry, small press, self-publishing and on-demand publishing. This tag should be used for any questions regarding the publishing process in any of these forms.

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What, if any, are PoD options for posters? [on hold]

I've found PoD solutions for a lot of stuff, but not yet a PoD solution for color posters. What are the print on demand color solutions there?
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Is it okay to publish a book at a young age?

I am writing a novel that is called 'Murder' It's about a girl who almost gets murdered but then has to live with the murderers with almost no knowledge that they are the ones that killed her. ...
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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 edition ...
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Do I need copyright, trademark or other registrations, to publish stories by Shakespeare?

I have written summary and storyline of Shakespeare's plays. I need to know the process of publication, and the legal notes, on publishing synopses, where the original author is someone else.
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How is “A song of ice and fire” not in violation of amazon's policies?

So amazon has been delisting and removing works of small publishers for a while now, as it seems some of them are in violation with its terms, such as "incest", " under age", and "graphical ...
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Should I care if my short story has the same title as someone else's book?

It appears to be a pretty obscure book. It's on Amazon, but there are no descriptions or reviews. From the cover, I'd say it was a kids book, which would put it in a different market. Let's assume ...
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Using LaTeX with publishers?

Background: Im working on a rather long instructional book, and have just started trying to use LaTeX. The book doesn't have any scientific notation in it, and most of the diagrams I made in other ...
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should I put the reference number after the dot or after a space? [duplicate]

I am writing my thesis. and I need to know the correct way of putting the reference. for example: this is a sentence taken from someone [2]. this is a sentence taken from someone[2]. ...
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Who is the first writer (or book) that has an index? [on hold]

I need to know who is the first writer to make an index in a book. Or maybe if the writer is unknown, the first book where the index appeared. I am aware that it's hard to indicate exactly the first ...
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Writer's Platform

I realize most agents and publishers ask you information about your writer's platform. I looks like having a writer's platform has become an essential part of your introduction to agents or ...
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Author and illustrator - Do publishers like authors who are also illustrators?

Dr. Seuss did it, other authors in the past have done it, but I've heard that publishers like working with specific illustrators and would rather have the words written by the author and then they'll ...
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Where can I find sales numbers for books?

I'm a writer, working on a non-fiction book proposal. Finding public, free sales numbers for comparable titles is nearly impossible. BookScan is a subscriber service run by Nielsen. "Above the ...
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It's hard for a foreigner to publish in english?

I'm from Brazil and I plan to write my first book. I'm thinking about writing it in english, because then it could be publish worldwide (I know, dreams). The problem is that I don't know if it would ...
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Write multiple trilogies or make a saga?

So I am currently writing a fantasy story that tends to be long. This question is related to the following question: related The main difference resides in that it is certain that the story will be ...
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Submitting new work to another publisher while first deal is pending

A family member has had a verbal offer of publication for a book (a collection of pieces), though no contract has been signed yet and the printed book is probably quite a ways off. If all goes well, ...
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Translation rights acquisition: what fees will there be and how much will they be?

My friends and I plan to open a publishing house in our country, focusing on the Sci-Fi genre. We intend to get translation rights for foreign Sci-Fi books and publish them in our country. However, ...
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Where can I find a professional publisher who will accept my book?

I started writing a book at the end of my 5th grade year. My 6th grade teacher is totally against teen authors, so I stopped for a while. Then my 7th grade teacher inspired me to start again. I'm 13 ...
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Is it a Bad Idea to Publish in Multiple Genres? [duplicate]

In his book How to Write Science Fiction and Fantasy, Orson Scott Card mentioned that you should stick with one or the other (either sci-fi or fantasy). While I think his reason was primarily based on ...
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How many short stories make a collection

I would like to know, from someone who has marketed a collection of short stories (or is otherwise knowledgeable in these affairs), about how many short stories a publisher is looking for to ...
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Translate and publish in English

I authored a bicycle traveloque in regional language Malayalam, which is well accepted by readers and three editions of the book have come out yet. I want to translate book into English, German & ...
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publishing my first book - in an economical way

I am a student, and have just completed writing my first book. A few of my friends went through it and said it was a good one. I wish to publish the book, since I am a student I do not have any ...
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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 ...
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How do publishers expect authors to use social media to promote their books?

I am new to the world of writing, and was initially surprised to read on some publishing advice website (eek) that authors should use social media to interact with readers and promote their books. How ...
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Can the author control Amazon excerpts or are they automatically generated?

Amazon books frequently feature excerpts available to readers via a "Look Inside!" feature on the Amazon site for books. Can the author of a book (or publisher) control what parts of the book are ...
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How do you get paid for getting your book published?

I've heard that there are 2 ways to get paid: The writer will get (for example) 3 cents per word. Then, even if the book is a huge hit, the writer wouldn't get any more money. The writer will get ...
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Illustrations for a children's book to be republished

I illustrated a book 20 years ago. No royalties: one-time use. Did not sign a contract for copyright. It is considered an orphan. Now the author wants a new publisher to print same illustrations. Do I ...
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Maintaining readers over time with serialized fiction?

I am one of several authors on a fairly new shared blog. The blog has a mix of serialized and one-shot posts. Because it's a new blog (2.5 months, ~30 posts so far), there is quite a variety of ...
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how can I promote my Kindle Direct book?

I've started uploading the books I've written to Kindle Direct Publishing. How can I promote them, on a shoe-string budget?
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Presenting Fiction as Non-Fiction

I am toying writing a book involving layered stories: There is Manuscript A, written by a character, which is an ostensibly real account/diary of an incident she experienced. In the fictional ...
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What is the number above rrd-h on copywrite page

What does the number under the library of congress control number and above rrd-h? The number is 31
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In what parts of a newspaper/magazine one could get an article published?

If you have an article and you want to get it published in newspapers or magazines, what are the parts you could do that? I know guest column is place like that, but any other idea? If you think my ...
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(Negative) references to real people and places in a novel

I was wondering about how much freedom a writer has to refer to real people and places in a fictional work and in what situations it's best to get permission or avoid it altogether. I do know that ...
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Should I use different pen names for different audiences (non-fiction)?

I am working on three separate works for three different audiences. All are non-fiction. One is for children ages eight to twelve, another is for teens ages fourteen to twenty, and the third is for ...
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How does one go about publishing erotica, and how far is too far?

I write erotica, it started out as an amusement to see how far I could go, but it became a real passion after three or four stories. I have even published a few online and those stories have become ...
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Should I have my work edited by a freelance editor before seeking publication?

I have a friend who is a freelance editor and I was planning on employing her to look over my novel before shopping it out to publishers. However, I don't know if publishers like this or not. Do they ...
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What do I need to know about publishing a book which I have illustrated, not written?

I recently went to the market to buy books for my 2 year old kid and found many expensive books printed on expensive paper had poor drawings. I realized that I can draw far better. I have decided ...
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Amazon statistics, who is selling how much

How can I estimate how many copies of a book are being sold on Amazon? I presume there is some relationship between the rank of a book and its number of copies sold. For example, "The C Programming ...
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Publishing Through Blogs/Story Equivalent of Webcomic?

I really want to publish my work somewhere online. That being said, recently, I've had quite of an interest in webcomics--however, I can't draw, and I prefer full on writing. Is there a possible way ...
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Where is a good place to post an 800 word essay on encouragement

I want to write a book that's encouraging, and I have the first chapter, which is a little encouragement on just being alive. It's 800 words, and I'd like to upload/post it on some web, blog, or ...
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Why do hardcover books retail for more than three times the cost of softcover books?

One thing I've noticed while browsing bookstores is that hardcover books tend to cost more than softcover ones. Oftentimes a hardcover book that's five times the price of a paperback doesn't have ...
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Can a title be copyrighted?

Is there any such thing as copyrighting a title? A title of a novel / short story is usually short, up to five words or so. The words are chosen after much thought to reflect the contents of work. ...
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Story teller dilemma

Without the ability to use proper grammar and no knowledge of punctuation and the convoluted intricacies of writing techniques will a book reviewer reject a story written in person of no education ...
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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 pages ...
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Having poems published in magazines/journals Vs. Posting them online for free?

Until now I have written just 2 poems. I was looking around to have my poems published. From past few days, I am looking for magazines/journals that pay and accept online submissions. After having ...
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What is front/back matter?

I was browsing around for different writing tools and one of the sites mentioned tools for front and back matter in addition to tools for chapter planning. What is front / back matter?
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How does one go about successfully getting their movie script, or screen play, into the right hands?

How does one go about successfully getting their movie script, or screen play, into the hands of top level Hollywood producers? Does one need a literary agent? If so where does one find one that ...
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How do I create a book on iBookstore without having a Mac?

I use Linux, and I'd like to format a book for the iBookstore. When I go to signup to iTunes Connect to upload my books, it says: 3. Download iTunes Producer Download our delivery ...
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I am looking to self publish a book but I don't need everything the sites offer

I have created a picture book and already have it designed and have a local printer who is going to handle the print-on-demand. I can not find a self publishing website that does not dictate the ...
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ISBN - is it possible to have one and a title before publishing?

i am currently writing a book but would like to know if i can pre register an ISBN and Book title. I am little concerned someone might call their book the same as mine before i finish it. So i really ...
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I am an unestablished author with a decent book. Should I publish online, or try to find a 'real' publisher?

As I understand it, 'breaking into the business' is expensive in terms of time. If I have a decent product should I put in the effort, or is self-publishing (e.g. with Amazon) enough?