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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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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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Citations for summary on a journal article - APA formatting

I'm writing an APA summary paper on a journal article. I am not using any other sources but that journal article. Would I need to keep citing the article throughout my paper such as putting ...
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How to write a homosexual character, whose homosexuality isn't the point of the story?

I'm writing a modern fantasy novel, with a female protagonist whose principal romantic interest is another girl. I want to know how I can write her without having her homosexuality being the ...
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Is there a message board for writers and aspiring writers where we can sample each other's writings? [duplicate]

If this doesn't get posted I understand since this website appears to be for technical questions and answers about writing. I would like to find a board where we can read portions of each other's ...
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Do I need to cite quotes when conversing casually with friends?

If I'm speaking casually with a friend and quote something I heard, do I need to cite the source of that quote/saying? Ex. "After all, we're no strangers to love." "Well, when in Rome..." Does this ...
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Influence of The Protagonist's Birthday [closed]

I was writing up my story and i wanted to know how much should the Protagonist's Birthday be part of the story. I have seen many stories in books,movies and games in where birthdays play very ...
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Is it good/bad/neutral to introduce a character's day to day life if it's immediately going to be drastically changed?

So I'm writing a science fantasy WiP and I'm unsure how to introduce the characters and their background, day-to-day life if that's all going to change after the inciting incident. So in question ...
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How I should handle gender-neutral pronoun in technical writing? [duplicate]

I am writing API documentation for a mobile loyalty program and I am not sure which of the following is better wording: 1) When the user requests for their visit and order to be registered in their ...
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How to help reader visualize the environment in a story?

In a story where there is 1) only one character 2) doesn't talk to anyone 3) don't know where he is 4) and is narrating his story
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Is it possible to do novel-scale writing on a Chromebook?

I've been looking into Chromebooks for their portability and cost and was wondering what kind of writing tools, if any, exist on the platform that could be used to write larger projects without making ...
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Disable Auto-Enumeration on Export to tex in Scrivener

I use Scrivener to write almost anything and recently got into writing Tex for University submissions and papers. Recently I hit the problem that most Exercise Sheet for my University are numbered ...
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If I write an erotic / porn novel now, what are the chances that it might impact my mainstream writing career?

Given that I have written a few erotic / porn novel now, what are the chances that it will impact my mainstream writing career later? Even if I do write using a pen name. Will people be willing to ...
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How to write about paternal and maternal grandparents?

What are some practices to write about paternal, maternal grandparents, especially when their names are not used? In my case, the names are not given. One method I am considering is "p-grandfather", ...
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Adding figures into a report, How to cite?

I am writing my first ever thesis these days. In order to describe a feature extraction methodology, I am going to insert a figure to my thesis and that figure is taken from the original paper in ...
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How to reference an ISO/IEC?

I'm doing some college work and I'm using ISO/IEC 27000 Information technology — Security techniques — Information security management systems — Overview and vocabulary. In Word, I have set up the ...
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My Conflict Doesn't End at the Climax. What can I do?

I am currently writing a short book. I've neared the end of the plot, but now I'm seeing a problem: my conflict isn't ending at the climax. The climax should always be the point where all of the ...
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What is the best way to avoid plagiarism when importing information from a source?

I have been a habitual writer since my childhood but recently planned to move on to the next level and use my skills professionally. From last 7-8 months I am trying for small internships (paid /non ...
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Including text file name in footer of compiled Scrivener document?

I'm working on a short story collection using scrivener. Each story is one text file in the scrivener document. I'd like to include the story name in the footer, next to the page number. Is that ...
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Present tense novel with past tense flashbacks

I'm currently writing a mystery novel in the third person present tense. I chose this to create more suspense as I like the idea that the reader is discovering things at the same time as the ...
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First page of the Diary - Quote [closed]

am gifting some one a diary I want to write something meaningful in the first page of it. All I could come up with is... In the most ammaaazing journey that you are yet to embark upon, Called Life! ...
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I'm unable to figure out the logical solution to a problem; how do I keep writing?

I'm outlining the plot for a scifi screenplay. I have the main characters, premise, the first half of the story, and the climax thought out. I don't want to bore you with details, but the story ...
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Allowing people to edit/proofcheck my posts on wordpress.com

I have a frequent issue of publishing posts on my blog that contain basic typos, which can be quite embarrassing for an otherwise well written post. On Stack Exchange, other users have the ...
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How to be good at analysing texts

I always have problems in analyzing texts, as I'm not sure what analyzing actually entails. What does it mean to have a good analysis of an author's work, either fictional or non - fictional?
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Should I describe my characters going to the toilet?

Should I let the narrator (third person) describe that my characters are going to the bathroom (for a sense of realism and accuracy) or should I simply omit it as it as it adds no value to the ...
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What are potential pitfalls for a young writer?

Though I'm by no means perfect, I generally consider myself a good writer. The issue is that most older writers I know look back on their writing at my age and cringe at the sentences their artless ...
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Is it possible for characters to get stuck reacting the same way to everything?

Alright so I am new here so I'm not sure if it's okay to ask this type of question, but I am wondering if it is possible for characters to get stuck in a sort of 'rut' where they react to things with ...
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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 to license my translation to be published under my copyright?

I am planning to translate a paper and distribute it with my name as translator with a license that permits free redistribution of the work with my copyright notice and welcomes donation support. What ...
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Which year to cite reference as?

In a nonfiction snippet I'm writing about metrology, specifically the term micron being used in reference to the unit multiple micrometre (AmE: micrometer) I need to cite Resolution 7 of the 13th ...
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Photos in Screenplays

I cannot seem to find any information about this question. Is it appropriate to include photos of characters in a biographical screenplay?
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How to describe pain in first person? [duplicate]

(Made up character) Farrel jumps from his rambler house roof but lands horizontally and on his left arm. His left arms ulna snaps and pierces out of his skin. This is just an example because I'm ...
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How can I establish ownership over my work?

I have an irrational fear of my work being stolen. I understand that this is, realistically, extremely unlikely to happen. There are just too many barriers to something being successfully stolen and ...
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IS vs ARE question [closed]

Help me with the correct sentence. There IS only three wine glasses left. or There ARE only three wine glasses left.
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How would I keep using past tense with resulting actions

I'm having trouble figuring out which form is the past tense for sentences like these. For each example, which would be correct? Or have I completely missed something? Thanks. John stepped on the ...
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Term for stereotype stories

Is there any term to describe stories where the "evil" characters are extremely evil, and the good characters are extremely good?
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Fallacy of relative privation? Propaganda device? Unobtrusive slander? What is it? [closed]

I've asked this on EL&U: some of the answers were close, but no cigar. I'm looking for a term that one of the characters in my play will use to describe her enemy's dirty tactics. It is a very ...
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Is “vampiric” a legitimate word?

Writing a short story and the word 'vampiric' found it's way on the screen describing a medical blood-taking device. Word [of course] pitched a fit and I can...sort of...find some evidence that it is ...
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Writing backwards

I am a writer, I tend to write and then write my outline. I have done this for many years with papers and stories but it doesn't seem to work with my books. Is that a good strategy?
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How to collect my ideas in one story?

I start to feel that i'm mad. I make storys from everything that i see on the street. A dialogue, an interesting personality, a funny couple, a hard question or a perfect view to write about. Words ...
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Writing productivity trackers

I'm looking for an exhaustive writing tracker, either software or a spreadsheet. ideally, the basic things it would need to track are word count per session, projects worked on, submission status, ...
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Adding coding template in a Google blogger

I want to add a code viewer in Google Blogger like in image given below. How can I add it please help.
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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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Two perspectives in a non-fiction book

My daughter and I thought it was a good idea to write a book about our experiences throughout her casting for a movie that she did. Her view on the journey and My view as her mother. Not sure how to ...
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How to motivate yourself to finish something?

Far too many stories of mine have gone unfinished simply because I lost motivation to keep writing (and it doesn't help that I manage to convince myself each project will be my magnum opus). How can I ...
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Which one and why: (alphabets and integers sets) OR (alphabets set and integers set)?

Consider the two phrases: alphabets and integers sets alphabets set and integers set Are both grammatically correct? If so, which one is a better style and why?
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How do you know if your writing can become a story

Hope this is the right forum to be asking a question! I have been writing every since I can remember, my stories, writings, letters, poems, lessons and emotions where captured from as young as 14, I ...
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How can you write during a full work day?

As provided in this excellent answer by @what, there is a certain 'creative time,' for writing, when you can write the best. I've been aware of this for awhile, though I never really saw it for what ...
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What is simplistic writing?

Can anyone here enlighten me on what simplistic writing means please? Is it good or bad in the field of sciences and engineering?
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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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