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I am not a lawyer. The observations below apply in the US, I don't know much about international copyright law outside the specific area of software copyrights. Here in the US, if you wrote something, you own the copyright on it, period. All you need in order to assert that copyright is proof that you wrote something, and when. There are many ways to do ...


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A significant proportion of agents and editors still want submissions in Standard Manuscript Format, which includes using a serif monospace font such as Courier. Many of them have become less fussy about the particular font and will also accept a proportional font such as Times Roman. However, in no case should you use a non-serif font, or anything that you ...


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For tracking short stories and direct submissions to publishers, use Duotrope, a free online tool that contains every market you've ever heard of and a multitude that you haven't, complete with submission history, links to websites, etc. Also, be sure to donate to them, because they deserve it. For tracking agent queries, use Query Tracker, which has a ...


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When I was doing work as an Editor I loved the Courier font, or any fixed pitch font for that matter. As nice as Times New Roman looks, after reading 100+ first pages it starts to wear on the eyes. A fixed pitch font just makes it easier to read page after page and in the end readability wins when it comes to formatting and fonts. But as for what an editor ...


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I'm afraid I've never seen any statistics on this. As the comments have noted, this is a very difficult estimate to make - there are many different definitions of "getting published" (does self-publishing count? e-Publishing? Vanity? Short stories? Posthumously?), and it's practically impossible to track the many, many writers who never got past the ...


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Do not try to query with an unfinished manuscript. Dear Query Shark, I have an incomplete fantasy novel here's where I stop reading and send a form rejection letter -- Janet Reid, http://queryshark.blogspot.co.il/2009/09/134.html Google will find you this advice over and over: an unpublished author should not query an unfinished novel. e.g. ...


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It depends on the magazine. Many publications have submission guidelines, and you might check those for what anything required in the cover letter. I found an interesting variety of requests with a few minutes of googling. Asimov's Science-Fiction is clear on what they want: Your cover letter should contain the length of your story, your publishing ...


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Because evaluating an author's work is expensive. It consumes time that could otherwise be spent finding other authors. That time is a dead loss if the author signs with another agent. In the end this is a matter of power. While the agent does work for that author, there are more authors looking for agents than there are agents looking for authors, so the ...


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How less well regarded are they? Unless your previous publication experience consists of "Dear Penthouse: I never thought this could happen to me..." then I would leave the bulk of your experience in place. That being said, if you have extensive publication experience I would prioritize the more prominent publications first, keeping it to about 5. The time ...


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As someone that's submitted papers to scientific journals I can say that the feedback I received was no, in the case of a scientific paper, it isn't detrimental. It also doesn't help at all, as science papers are judged on their merits alone, ostensibly, but I've always gotten the impression that the editors are more likely to take an entry from someone ...


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When I edit MSS, I find it easy and natural to work on copy that's 'typed' in Courier and double spaced. Another fixed-pitch font might be OK, I guess, but Courier is by far the most familiar and the easiest to edit, AFAIAC. It's impossible to edit matter set in a variable-spaced font;1 there's just not enough room2 to insert proofreaders' marks quickly and ...


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Two tips for submissions (no matter how short the story is): Write just a letter/email and ask for permission to send them your story. In this letter (like in every cover letter) you should describe your story and yourself shortly and you should put in there, why they should publish your story. Why is it fantastic? Why do people really want to read it? ...


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I went to their about page, and that pointed to socialwrite.gather.com, which says: Payment Socialwriters are paid in the following ways: Per Article: $2.50-$10 for any articles posted on Gather that receive a minimum of 250 unique page views AND Monthly Bonus: $25-$100 based on the popularity of their writing throughout the month ...


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What are the legal issues when submitting work to publishers? Your work must be your work. Don't submit anything that someone else has written, not even if you just copied a few sentences. Even if you changed them. There are companies out there that can run automated checks on your work to see if they can find something in it that even remotely looks ...


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Let the editor decide. Send your story. Editors can't buy a story you don't send. They know more than you do about what they want. And you are almost certainly not a great judge of your own stories. They may like a story that you think is not your best. Many writers and editors are horrified by this advice. They are concerned, I think, that writers will ...


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Personally, I use a spreadsheet just because it's easier for me to control and manipulate, but I'm also a member of Query Tracker and they let you track all your queries and responses. Plus, they give you access to lots of data about agents in addition to comments other users leave which almost always include when they queried, when they got a response, and ...


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It's absolutely possible. If you already have a good idea of the publishers you would like to work with, check their web sites for submission information. If not, try subscribing to something like Writer's Market to get the info. Do be aware that some publishing houses shy away from publishing international authors because they aren't sure how to parse ...


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To expand somewhat on the great information that @Standback provided, you have to keep in mind that the numbers you found pertaining to business success is in itself an incomplete number. The government statistics are based on those businesses that are actually documented as a result of completing some type of government form, such as a business permit or ...


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When you submit to an agent or publisher, your writing is all they have to go on when forming an opinion of your work. You want to make the best impression that you can. Think of it this way: If they're considering two equally engaging stories, where one will need significant line-editing to fix the grammar, and the other doesn't, they'll want to buy the ...


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For each story I have a spreadsheet set up that not only has the usual information about a story (Word count, summery and the like) but also information about all my submissions, including: What magazine it was sent to The editor at the time When it was sent out When it came back What the results were Any notes about the submission It's not fancy, but it ...


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I've been an on-again, off-again writer for Ars Technica for nearly ten years. (Mostly off for the last four.) Periodically, they solicit submissions from new writers, usually in a few specific subject areas. I don't know that video games is one of them, because Ben, Casey, and Andrew seem to have that on lockdown both in terms of volume and quality. And ...


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If they want the information in the synopsis, then put it there. I also see no problem mentioning it in the cover letter additionally, but you don't need it there when it is in the synopsis. If you do not have a writing career (yet), then your age (or date of birth) and current profession should be sufficient. Tell them, why you are in expert for children's ...


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The magazine is most interested in the legal situation. So you should mention if the offeror (probably your friend) holds all necessary rights of the translation (made by you). Also it should be clear that the story is not licensed in its original version in a way that would make it impossible for the magazine to publish it (like: a different publisher ...


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It is tough to get published in a magazine or journal, but if you want to be a professional writer, I think that's the route to go. Most writing contests are not terribly high visibility, and quite a lot of them are expensive to enter. A single solid publishing credit in a reputable magazine is worth more than a hundred awards from contests no one has ever ...


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Your grammar doesn't need to be perfect in fiction and breaking certain rules is perfectly acceptable so long as you convey the correct meaning. An agent isn't going to turn down a brilliant story because it needs to be proofread. However, if you know full well that there are lots of grammatical errors and it will require significant re-writing at some ...


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One method I heard of to protect yourself is to mail yourself a copy of your work before you submit it. That way you can have a sealed and postmarked copy of your work in case of plagiarism. I am not sure if this also applies to digital media but archiving a copy of any emails sent out containing your work might be a good idea.


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I use a combination of: Sonar 3 (a submission tracking tool); and Tagging submitted files in a Subversion repository Sonar 3 is a nice little desktop app that let's you define stories, markets, and create "submissions". Each submission links a story to the market it was sent to, records responses from editors, acceptances/rejections, and allows some ...


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I am not a lawyer, my post comes from my experience working in the publishing world. It's also only what I know of the US copyright laws, not any international ones. Purchasing a copyright isn't required. You own the copyright to your work, no matter what. The "poor man's copyright" (mailing yourself a seal copy of the manuscript) is no longer a valid way ...


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While an answer has already been selected, I wanted to add some further points. In the US, you must have registered your copyright to begin an infringement lawsuit. You can register your copyright either before or after the date of infringement. However, registering copyright before an infringement provides for additional benefits not available when ...


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In the U.S. and other Berne Convention signatories, you own the copyright in a creative work as soon as it is fixed in a tangible form (e.g., a computer file). You do not need to register to have a valid copyright. However, you do need to register before you can file suit against someone for copyright infringement. You do not need to have registered before ...



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