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How would my work being available online affect my chances of a book deal?

Preferring to peddle my Science Fiction manuscript to a Literary agent, may well be an impossible dream. In which case I feel that whilst I’m considering that option, however remote it may be, I ...
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Where's the line between coincidental similarity between a character and a person, vs. being uniquely identifiable?

I'm trying to understand the verdict in Red Hat Club case. Vicki Stewart sued author Haywood Smith, claiming that a character in Smith's books was defamatory - that the character was clearly based on ...
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Is this acceptable?

After I began writing my series, I decided to type some of the names into Google. I found that the name of one my characters (Trent Steele) was used in an episode of The Simpsons. I also found that a ...
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Question regarding topics and headings for APA papers

I am writing a trending topic paper for my Sociology class using APA format. I have 10 topics that I must talk about. How do I do this with the headings? I need the reader to know the different topics ...
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How to share research and character notes between multiple works in Scrivener?

My previous workflow was "write in LaTeX, using emacs", with research and character notes kept in plain-text files, using symlinks between multiple works set in the same fictional world. This allowed ...
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Stories about people who went from rags-to-riches-to-rags and stayed there?

I need suggestions for stories I can read to get inspiration on how to tackle a nonfiction rags-to-riches-to-rags story with an uplifting ending. It's easy to find rags-to-riches stories, but I'm ...
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Not happy with format of self-published book. How to proceed?

I currently have my book published on Amazon using createspace and Lulu (google weave of the ride). However, I am not happy with the quality of the product. I don't want a glossy cover, bleached ...
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Where should I place a comma in this sentence?

"Hatha yoga is also a great form to use because it combines both spiritual and physical attributes which could help beginners find out what they like the most." I'm having a hard time trying to ...
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Better synonym for overthinking something?

I very frequently need to identify issues with overthinking decisions in product development. I've been relying on the word "over indexing" too much. A example phrase would be "I really think you're ...
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Using “Earth words” in a futuristic, fictional setting

As a writer of primarily science fiction, I've often struggled with finding a happy medium between making the prose/dialogue relatable for readers and avoiding using too many "Earth words" as I've ...
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Should a main character be like the reader, or better than him?

As I was reading different stories, I came to wonder about what is better for the reader to identify with the character. Indeed, it is often unclear whether the MC (main character) is like the reader ...
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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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Seeking resource for salary related letter format

I hope this is the right site for this question. If not, please direct me to the correct one. I am looking for help to provide feedback to someone on a letter they have drafted. I have found it tough ...
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Software that allows for notes in the margin

I am writing a technical reference book and am looking for some software, preferably free, that will allow me to put a short sentence or two of small notes or tips in the sidebar. Each of these might ...
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proofreading / indenting

I have a question about dialogue indents. I'm proofreading a piece for my proofreading course and I've come across something that's stumped me. The first 6 lines of the story are dialogue and they ...
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How Can You Find A Writing Buddy?

I have noticed I work best in collaboration with another. I am extremely prolific and have a lot of time for writing. So how do you find that reliable, positive person who is deeply involved in ...
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copyright of a fictional character

one of my main characters in my book is an abusive man, who is referred to as 'The Dementor' by his family, because of his similarities to the characters in JK Rowling's Harry Potter. It is clearly ...
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Susan Sontag - In America [on hold]

I don't know if it's the best place to post this question but I am going to give it a try. In Sontag's book In America, one of her characters Maryna says: "...quand, au beau milieu d'une phrase, nous ...
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TBBT season 8 tenure position [on hold]

In TBBT season 8, Sheldon, Leonard and Raj, gave interview successfully. What happened then? Who get tenure position?
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How To Organize Writing?

Let's say there are elements of good writing such as: - Characters, Conflict, Dialogue, Ideas, Mood, Plot, Scene, Style, World You want to start focusing on one of them. Which do you think is the ...
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How much does imperfect grammar put off an agent?

I've written a novel and looking back the story line was good but the grammar wasn't great. I submitted the book to a few agents and received some constructive comments which I took on board. I have ...
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Is contributing to “social media” an example of “writing for exposure”?

It is generally a bad idea to write only for exposure, since exposure doesn't pay the bills. However, there are many "social media" websites that make money by trying to get people to provide content ...
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Recharacterizing a character

I have a character who I specifically wrote to be a certain way. However, I want to rewrite the character to be different--weaker, and less independent in order to allow room to grow. How do I do this ...
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How to convey breeding through character dialogue

I'm trying to write a story based in medieval times. Some of my characters are kings and nobles so I'm trying to make their conversations more... "regal"... or "elegant". But I'm unable to create ...
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How do I describe Newtonian physics to the reader in a way that is realistic yet not too complex?

I have a story where I adhere strongly to plausible physics for space combat (some behind-the-scenes development for the story: How to Conduct Plausible Space Combat Intercepts and Tactical Options ...
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What are the advantages of different date formats in resumes and CVs?

I've seen a somewhat related question, but it doesn't answer my question quite right. Say you're writing an event that happened on a single day, and you need to put it in your resume or CV. So how ...
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How to expand beyond a single series?

I am currently writing a science fiction/fantasy quadrology and would like to eventually expand on it. I have an entire world built around it and I would like to know the best way to introduce it. ...
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How long can a first novel be?

I am writing my first novel, which has gathered about 150000 words. I guess it will be around 170-180k words when it is finished. Assuming that it will loose 20% after the first draft, it will have ...
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What to avoid when writing the downfall of a character? [on hold]

To make this clear. By ''downfall'' I don't mean death, I mean more morally wise. So, the character is one of the main protagonists, he's an anti hero (using murder etc to achieve his goals), now with ...
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How can I find Indian names that will be accessible to my readers?

My novel is set in India, and I'm having trouble finding good but pronounceable Indian names. Many characters are royal, so I'm looking for rich, respectful names that mean important things. How can ...
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Formatting for floating text with gradient effect [migrated]

(I hope this is the right place to post this question. Also, apparently I don't have the reputation required to post more links to make my question more clear, so please forgive the omission of any ...
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Trying to find a specific quote related to the problems of our time [on hold]

I am trying to locate a quote which I know I have read before, but I do not remember who said it or the exact wording of the quote. It went something like this: The problem with our time [era, ...
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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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What government registrations are required to sell Books in USA from other country via CreateSpace?

I have recently completed my adventure, fantasy novel. I am planning to self publish it via CreateSpace POD option. I am from India and I want to sell my book on various country. So my question is ...
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How to create suspense in a very short story?

I wrote a short story (900-1000 words) about a character presenting some election process and at the end, we learn that The problem that I have is that the suspense in that story lasts about as ...
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Where are the six honest serving men?

A lifetime ago I learned about Rudyard Kipling's 5W1H framework: I have six honest serving men They taught me all I knew I call them What and Where and When And How and Why and Who ...
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What are some techniques for deciding which of two or more plot directions to go with?

I have always wanted to write a book but have never actually taken the time to do so. There are many things that hold me back but one of them is that I often come up with story lines in my mind. As I ...
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Interviewing a kid [on hold]

I'm a journalism student and I have an assignment to interview a talented kid. What should I ask him besides the standard questions about what he does, for how long etc. I need something original. ...
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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 does “//” or “///” mean in legal documents [migrated]

I see // or /// after text in legal documents. OPTION 1. Is it used on ANY PAGE to indicate "this line intentionally left blank"? Example: there are a few blank lines at the end of a page but there ...
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What is a productive response to a negative review?

I see basically three possible responses: (a) Write a rebuttal ranting that this person is a jerk and his criticisms are totally unfair and that he isn't worthy to be spit upon by a great author like ...
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249 views

Using the Minto Pyramid

Using the Minto Pyramid, should I order the paragraphs of my paper by going through the rows of the pyramid like this? Thesis > Why > How > Where > A > B > C > D > E Or should I start at the top ...
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How to think of a plot in 5 minutes

I have an English high school exam in five days in which I will be given 2-3 prompts e.g. A story which includes the sentence, "I could not not believe when my neighbour walked right past me" or a ...
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How to convey that the POV character *does not understand* what's said in dialogue?

The general advice is often to focus on the content of what's said in dialogue and just write it in the reader's language, largely whether the characters would use that language or not in-universe. ...
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Scenes with different languages spoken after translation

So... imagine you have a story in your native language written down, with protagonists that speak this language and no problem at all, except a bunch of scenes where your protagonist meets someone who ...
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How does one go about self-publishing their first book?

I am an avid reader who loves a good story. As such, I have many book ideas swirling in my head constantly. I have one book idea that keeps coming to me. My wish is that I could write and publish ...
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First person - alter ego - FICTION

Is it acceptable practice to write a fiction novel set in an imaginary universe in first person plus have the main character be an alter ego of yourself(the main character has my voice essentially)? ...
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Can I use an abbreviated two-digit format for year in a resume?

Can I use '14, '15, '16, etc., instead of the full four digits?
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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.
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How to Self-Publish a Picture Book with No Gutter?

I've self-published a few things with print-on-demand services (notably Lulu). Now, my partner has written and illustrated a children's picture book, and she's run into a notable stumbling block: each ...

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