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It will depend on the terms of your contract. Try consulting a contract lawyer and look it over.


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Consider dropping the first few chapters. Most books can stand some tough-love editing, and if the first few chapters don't stand out as great, even to you, the author, maybe it means they are dispensable. It might be that you needed them to get your start on the story, but --like the sketch on the canvas that the artist later paints over --they aren't ...


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Even the most famous and celebrated poets tend to have limited audiences --and you'll never please everyone. Given that, the most important thing is that you produce a book that you are proud of and happy with.


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Hook your readers from the first sentence and don't let them go until the very end. You can't tell literary professionals to hang in there till your story gets interesting: you'll be tagged as an amateur straight away. Do your homework. Serious writers know this stuff. I wish you well.


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Agents and publishers are irrelevant. The real question here is: How do you get readers to read your full book? And the answer to that is that your book won't leave the book store if the beginning is not superb. And that is why agents and publishers read only the beginning: because the reader will. Also, congratulations on a healthy dose of ...


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Rewrite the first few chapters and make them superb. There is no law that says that yesterday's writing has to stay in the story. If the story's definition has improved, or if you yourself have improved in writing skill and creative voice, then throw away yesterday's inferior work. Make every page shine! Publishers and Agents are like every other ...


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If this is the first book you've sent out, you might be unaware how unusual (and prized!) it is to get any personal feedback from a publisher at all --form rejections and silence are much more common. Given this, any offer to reconsider upon revision should be taken extremely seriously. No publisher ever requests a second look at a manuscript unless they ...


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I had a similar experience over thirty years ago, but it didn't result in a publishing contract. My manuscript was being reviewed by five publishing houses, and the first to reply was a rejection. However, they had some very nice things to say about it and suggested that it was just too long and had too many characters. They recommended that I rewrite it and ...


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I'm a fan of http://www.writersbeat.com myself. The site itself is a forum, and you'll be able to publish parts or complete stories while getting loads of great feedback. A very helpful and friendly community. I don't know if there are actual agents or publishers lurking there, but it's quite large so I would not be surprised. OpenBook.pub as Ivo suggested ...


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Canada, like most major countries, is a participant in the Berne Convention, which is an international agreement governing the handling of copyrights regardless of the country of origin. The basic agreement is that all works are protected for 50 years after the date of publication or for 50 years after the death of the author. Since Ian Fleming, the author ...


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From the statement of your question, it seems that you are only supposed to make public a summary of your work, since you can hardly be expected to publish a whole paper in a blog, or even less in a wikipedia article. Furthermore, you are stating that you are required to publish a minimum of one paragraph. Thus by asking your question as you did, with the ...


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Treat each column as if it were a separate chapter in a book. Try to organize the order of your "chapters" so that they flow in a logical order based on the order in which the reader is likely to encounter each in a real world situation. For example, a series of columns pertaining to the hiring process in a company might use the following order: Accepting ...


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There's very little you can do to improve the flow of the articles, short of rewriting the articles themselves. A collection of columns will always be a collection of works written separately. However, there are some devices you can use that will help the book. You can group the articles by subject. This will keep similar articles together, making the ...


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I think CreateSpace is a good candidate for this. The cost per copy is better than photocopying, and it will be nice perfect bound paperbacks. This route will also allow you, if you choose, to make the book available for sale online through Amazon and other outlets, with you getting the net proceeds to donate as you would personal sales. There are no setup ...


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If the original work is still protected by an existing copyright, then the only way any form of fan fiction could be published would be with the permission of the original author or copyright owner. The reason for this is that fan fiction by its very nature is considered a derivative of the original, and a copyright protects the owner against any derivative ...


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We aren't lawyers, and I don't think there's a single hard and fast rule for this. Rights can vary depending on geography, time, and author preference. There are works which are now in the public domain which anyone can adapt, so, for example, any Sherlock Holmes story which uses elements which Conan Doyle wrote before 1923 can be legitimately published ...


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I think that you need to separate your thinking and focus on this from the perspective of a writer and not a software developer. Licenses as you have identified them here do not really apply to books or e-books the same way that they do to software. If you look at the following examples and then compare them to a Copyright, I think you'll see that all you ...


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You don't need a publishing house for that (and anyway your intended distribution is too low for such companies to be interested). You just want to self-publish your work. When I self-published a book (making, ultimately, about 300 copies), I went to a commercial duplication place that could do production and binding. I was producing a manual, so 8.5x11 ...



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