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Is the Concept of “Machine of Death” Copyrighted?

I am a fan of the book "Machine of Death"; http://machineofdeath.net/pdf/MachineofDeath_FINAL.pdf PDF Page 452 of the above link details the copyright for the material contained within the book. ...
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Is there an equivalent of ACX for people outside the US and the UK?

I was intending to create an audiobook version of my book by recording my own narration, and then upload and distribute it via Amazon's ACX service, which in turn makes the audiobook available on ...
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Why would an agent request an exclusive submission?

I understand why publishers often ask for exclusive submissions. They're counting on a story that has been submitted to them to be available for them to purchase if they decide they like it and it ...
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Submitting work to agents who request exclusive submissions

I've submitted some of my work to an agent that requested an exclusive submission. They say that after 6 weeks of no contact I can assume a rejection. My question is this: would I be breaking my ...
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Major in Journalism & Public Relations [closed]

I want to be an actor and writer. When I go to college, I'm going to major in journalism and public relations. I was wondering what college/university in Texas would be the best for that? I've looked ...
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alternatives to “he said” in dialog

I'm working on my first fiction story. And one mechanical thing I struggle with is how to identify the speakers in dialog without constantly saying "Bob said", "Mary said", etc. Any ideas? That is, I ...
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Can you specify camera angles in your screenplay?

So I guess camera action is up to the director. Would I ever be allowed to pan if it is important? Would I not be able to pick certain angles? If I can, what would be the best way to specify --for ...
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A Background Voice Heard Over A Phone

There's a running dialogue between two of my characters. However, I am not using INTERCUT and only one of the two characters will be in frame. The other will be heard through V.O.. Now, here's my ...
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Film script - writing scene transition from TV Broadcast to story reality

I'm writing a script that has a news broadcast sequence to establish the background of the story, and then we see the main character is watching this news broadcast to transition from worldbuilding to ...
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How to handle screenplay revisions in Final Draft?

I need to revise a screenplay in Final Draft, and I'm finding that the revision features in the program are poor. Are there any ways to introduce revision features in to Final Draft, similar to Track ...
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Rapid Cross-Scene Cuts in Screenplay/Script

In a screenplay I'm writing, I want to use a rapid cut-together sequence of reaction shots from characters in several different locations already established earlier in the script. Is it still ...
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How do I write a emotional scene?

So. The scene is about one of the protagonist who was til now, more a cold than a warm person. However she's not a sociopath, she just mostly hides her emotions and tends to push people she cares ...
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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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If a heading is in roman numerals, is an in-text cross reference also in roman, or arabic, or spelled out

Where in the Chicago Manual of Style is the answer to my subject question? I looked in the CMOS, but could not find the answer to my question. The book is nonfiction, self help divided into parts ...
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Need the name of a novel from plot [closed]

Folks, need the name of a novel based on the plot line. The plot is about an English guy who is very uptight and more punctual than a clock. One day, his wife leaves him for another guy and writes ...
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Third person multiple pov in a crime mystery

Fellow writers, I am plotting a crime mystery novel. I have the story and gist in place. It should have the "whodunit" element. I want to use Third person multiple pov narrative(more than 6+ povs). ...
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Referencing real and fictional people/characters in novels - legal implications

I've been going out of my way to avoid referencing famous people in my novel as well as fictional characters, but I keep seeing pop culture references in other books I read as well as in TV shows, ...
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How can I create an inter-connected plot across a series?

I am an aspiring author, and I have recently just begun developing my first novel. It is a series, but I have engineered the first novel to be a standalone in case the series falls through. When I ...
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Realistically Writing newly-deaf characters

I am not deaf and nobody I know is, yet I am curious how an author goes about writing in a newly-deaf character's POV when they aren't deaf themselves.
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Help in deciding setting [on hold]

I'm writing a fantasy story, I'm still planning the plot and characters, I have an idea about the setting, but I'm divided about the technological level of the setting. It is more of an adventure ...
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How to convert handwriting into text

Recently, I found a short story that I had written many years ago when computers were not that common. It is 25 pages of handwriting. Obviously, I don't want to spend hours typing it. My typing speed ...
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Use double or triple minus hyphen (-) to stand in for em dash?

Should I use -- or --- to stand in for — ? I've seen people use double hyphen minus, but some apparently use triple. It could be nice to use triple, since then you can reserve double to stand in for ...
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Describing laughter in dialogue?

I'm having a problem that is not addressed by The Chicago Manual of Style or the AP Style Guide I have access to: How does a writer express laughter in fiction? I have seen no consistent answer. It ...
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What to avoid when writing a villain?

The villain so far has only appeared in two chapters. However now he's making a return in a chapter which is mostly about him, his actions and his past. Now. What are mistakes I should avoid when ...
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Following the Chicago Manual of Style, what's the correct format and sequence for a citation of one out of a series of pamphlets?

Suppose an organization puts out a series of leaflets or pamphlets (in the 4- to 8-page range). Each one is independent, but the series has a strong theme and purpose (such as "best plants to grow ...
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How can I write a thesis statement and stay on topic in a persuasive essay?

Recently I was made to write a persuasive essay about whether or not this quote by W. H. Auden is true: Machines are beneficial to the degree that they eliminate the need for labor, harmful to the ...
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Including a book extract in my blog

Can I include an extract of another persons book in my blog? If so, are there any restrictions that I must follow? PS: If I am asking this question in the wrong place, I will delete it and ask for ...
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How should I have my male character express strong feelings?

I am a woman, and I wrote a book out of the perspective of a guy. His best friend tells him she wants to kill herself. So he writes her a diary (with her in mind as the audience) about everything they ...
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What do I do with the length of my book and how to split it in two if needed

I have almost completed a high fantasy novel that I have spent over 10 years designing the world and everything that works in the story. It is the first of a trilogy and therefore has a main story ...
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which pronoun do I use here, “he” or “him”? [migrated]

I had a question about possession. I wrote the sentence: He may need to stay for a while, therefore I’ll listen to any concerns you or him may have.” Is it him or he? Because it sounds natural ...
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Gerund Overkill

I like to use gerunds in my writing and I wonder if I'm overdoing it. I wrote this paragraph: I couldn’t help thinking to myself, who is this woman on the phone? And if it’s not Burns’ mother then ...
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Inciting incident in Fantasy

In my fantasy story, there is about 10,000 words before the inciting incident. I originally intended to land the end of my story at about 40,000 words. This is partially due to the fact that a lot of ...
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How do you write a good product description?

Are there any rules or procedure to write a great product description. Any examples of good desciptions online?
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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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Format for capitalizing quotes

Do you have to capitalize the second part of a dialogue if the second part is separated from the first. “Behind every great fortune,” he said as he started to zip up his jacket, “is a great crime. Do ...
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When to start submission campaign for a free ebook referencing another book?

Recently I published my book "New Testament Commentary by a Mathematician" with Lulu and started an AdWords ad campaign for this book. There were zero sales and I decided to put the ebook online for ...
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What's Essential In A Combat Scene?

I've just been reading a bunch of Jim Butcher's Dresden Files books. Although they were the most enjoyable read I'd had in ages I always found myself skimming long segments that described involved ...
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Attributing a real quote to a fictional character

I've looked at a few fictional character quote questions on here but none seem to hit onto my question: Can I attribute a real quote to a fictional character? That is, can I take a quote that was ...
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Documenting a Mongo Collection Field

While writing some documentation I stumbled upon the need to describe the location of a field in a Mongo Collection on one of our corporate servers. After spending a bit of time on this I arrived at ...
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How to write a death scene without making it overdramatic?

Okay. In the story there's a flashback where one of the main protagonists who lost his best friend in a battle where he was the only survivor. His best friend is a important character and because of ...
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Is Polari too familiar and recently used to “steal” for a cant in a fantasy setting?

I am writing a fantasy novel and I wanted a few of the characters who speak a secret language. I didn't want to create an entire language from scratch. So I started looking for real secret languages ...
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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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How linear should I be in writing my story?

This my most serious writing endeavor ever. I've gotten much farther than I've dreamed of getting. So far, I've been chugging along writing everything in the order that I imagine it being written in ...
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Tips for Coming Up with a Good Portmanteau (Name Smush)

In advance of the recent blizzard which struck the East Coast of the U.S., many media outlets were trying to coin a catchy name to describe the event (mainly to hashtag it on social media, let’s be ...
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IRC for Creative Writers

Are there any 'active' irc channels designed for writers? I say active, because I've found a couple channels, bit they were all empty.
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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 filler words like 'So', 'Anyway'

I find myself using these words all the time. Now (<-- there's one!), to be clear the context I'm using them is in conversational style writing, on social commentary, or in forum posts like ...
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1answer
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How to make a non-action-packed scenes enjoyable

The specific example that I was thinking of is writing about people traveling through a snow-storm. I tried to write one, and I found myself using phrases like, "The blasting wind blew against their ...
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How to make travel stories interesting?

I have some good, true travel stories. Things that involve guns, explosions, and all kinds of other good stuff. I want to write them down, but I'm having trouble envisioning how to present the ...
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How many names in a book are too many?

It seems to me there is a relative limit for commercial fiction regarding the number of named characters. This makes sense, of course. Readers get confused; lots of people aren't good with names. ...

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