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If you are referring to "title case," where some words are capitalized and some aren't, there is no one standard rule. The AP stylebook says: Capitalize the principal words, including prepositions and conjunctions of four or more letters. Capitalize an article – the, a, an – or words of fewer than four letters if it is the first or ...


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The short answer is that there is no right answer. The hardest word choice in any book is the handful of words that make up the title. And if I were allowed to give advice then the advice I would give is to trust in magical word angels who will eventually whisper in your ear and tell you what the title should be. But let's say that the whispering word ...


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Off the top of my head: Why You Might Want To Leave Now Instead Of What You Wanted to Hear About, I Am Going To Talk About All The Things I'm Going To Try To Tell You If You'll Just Be Quiet The Stuff Standing Between You And Lunch I'm Going To Talk About The Following Because I Have The Remote A long time ago, in a galaxy far, ...


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I rather like "Hang Fire." Sounds mysterious and dangerous, it isn't quite grammatically correct as a phrase but it could be in the right context so it's got some tension pushing me towards exploring it, and it's visually evocative. I also encourage you to find a phrase or proverb in Russian which makes sense when translated to English and see if that ...


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Book titles are often duplicated quite by accident, and there is pretty much no way of preventing other people from publishing a book with the same title. It happens all the time, and as long as the title isn't something trademarked (like something in the Star Wars universe), it's generally not a problem. I'd recommend you concentrate on writing the book, ...


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It depends. For example, type "Time", or any other such common word, in Amazon. You will find there is more than book with that exact title. Certainly, when searching for books, I have found many books with the exact same title. In such cases, I use the author or genre to narrow down my search. On the other hand, if the book is in the same genre, then it ...


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I see no reason for concern. The two words don't look the same, or even really sound the same. I don't see any reason anybody would get the two confused, certainly not on a scope that should worry you. Maybe if your novel gets turned into a multimillion dollar film, "Taiwan Sick" could be the title for the MAD Magazine lampoon :P Now, this isn't what you ...


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I like this advice that I heard long ago: Tell 'em what you're gonna' tell 'em. Tell 'em. Tell 'em what you told 'em. Adjourn. EDIT moved from a comment and added to this answer at the suggestion of @Neil Fein: It's a professional presentation, you're a professional, so act like one. The best opening, imo, is "what I'm going to talk about." Anything ...


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I'd say that it doesn't matter at all. Titles are not required to be unique. A little searching can reveal dozens of short stories and novels that have shared titles, all without hurting recognition or sales. I would only be concerned about this if one of two things apply: The work whose title you share is very well-known in your genre. In that case ...


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Pick the story that represents the whole collection best and call it [That Story] & other tales, as someone already suggested. Or pick a completely different name - try to figure out what it is that connects your stories, is it a theme, character? Is it anything at all? Do these tales work together, or is the only thing connecting them that they were ...


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I don't think that there is a general rule about dropping articles from the title, esp. in academic research papers, however, according to the book, How to Write and Publish a Scientific Paper, a title of a paper is its label, and should therefore be succinct in its description. [Specifically,] the meaning and order of the words in the title are of ...


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This may seem like a trivial distinction, but as a title choice it's important as the title conveys an overall sense of the tone of the story. First of all, the use of the contraction didn't is less formal than without so it might be best to consider the verbiage you've used throughout the story and match the word choice to the formality of the voice in ...


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First off, if you're writing for the government they might have a format they expect, so if so and it says something on this point, it wins. Otherwise, I would not use colons in any of your titles or paragraphs. The colon's job is to introduce what follows (e.g. in a list), but a title/subtitle/subsubtitle/etc structure already provides that implicitly. ...


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Find a phrase or topic that is relevant to your story. If any of these three pertains to something that happens or is stated in the story, then go with that. If none of them do, then try to think of something else. I like Lauren's suggestion to go with a Russian phrase that can be easily translated. Personally, the first two sound more like titles for a ...


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My book, Writing The Science Fiction Film, is due out in April 2013 but it already has an ISBN number. I didn't deal with it my publisher MWP organised it, but it shows that it is possible to do. They've also told me that it will appear for pre-order on Amazon etc. very soon (this is 6 months in advance of publication date!) and it obviously will need one ...


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I have trouble coming up with titles, too! Yet titles matter. Busy agents and publishers aren't going to spend much time looking at material that appears uninteresting, and your title (in addition to your cover letter and perhaps your first few sentences/pages) is one of the few opportunities you have to catch their attention. Even if the title is changed ...


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I don't know what a Gigaku Mask is, but I had no idea what The Stone Dance of the Chameleon was either, and that didn't prevent me to buy - and love - that book. Don't forget that the reader buys also by the cover and the resume, and that will probably give them more insight. If I had seen the picture of a Gigaku Mask, I would know it was some kind of ...


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I think a title has two purposes: to get the attention of the potential reader, and to give him a clue what the story is about. Putting a foreign word or a word that is likely to be unfamiliar to most potential readers can attract attention. A natural response is, "What does that mean?", which may get them to look for more information. If the potential ...


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At the start of your presentation, show This is going to be legen - wait for it, wait for it ... and at the end, instead of "THE END", put DARY!


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I'm intrigued by the title but not by the intro. The key to an effective opening paragraph, and story as a whole, is you don't want your readers to think about sentence structure and other technicalities. You want them riding the roller coaster of your characters' experiences and emotions. This intro doesn't do that for me. One, I'm not sure where I am. At ...


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It's often a matter of house style, if you are working with a publisher, and the style can vary within the same publisher, depending on the series. I've written many books for Peachpit Press, and they have two popular series with different styles. For example, imagine you were writing a book on PowerPoint (as I have). In their Visual QuickStart Guide series, ...


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The choice between Continuous/Progressive form and Imperative form is one of style. Choose one form and use it consistently. In my experience, I've heard plenty of strongly held opinions about which is correct, but seen no convincing evidence that it makes any difference. I can't back this up, but if you have a significant audience of non-native English ...


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I would definitely avoid Tooth and Nail - it's already heavily overused. I confess, all three titles sounded very generic and indistinct to me. They tell me this is an action-packed thriller, but nothing more specific than that. I'd recommend you consider what you find to be the most interesting, important, and/or unusual elements of your book, and try to ...


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I've had the same feeling in regards to my "Metaverse" in my ongoing book "Legends of Wind". If you enter Metaverse into Wikipedia, you can see that it is not a new word. My definition is different of course, but one other definition, for example, is the merging of this world and the internet, where they blur together. It has also been called upon for an ...


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It all depends on what you're aiming at with your title. The title may not be meaningful. Take Nana by Émile Zola or Old Father Goriot by Honoré de Balzac. It's merely the name of the protagonist or just a significant character. It tells nothing about the content, the story, and is too generic to indicate anything about what kind of story it is. Such a ...


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No, sorry. I stopped reading at, "crystalline turquoise water and shiny white sand". Two adjectives per noun makes for ponderous reading. Plus, the use of "gripped" and "finally" implied tension to me, which was then contradicted by the sand and water sentence. Is she tense or is she calm? I don't mind the idea of an extra finger, but would this character ...


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There are some ways, some better, some worse. If this story is connected to some common theme, story, legend, myth, take its name and modify it, come up with some pun based on how it twists the theme, or such. This is a better method but it may or may not always work. One universal method that always works and always produces decent results though is: ...


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Find a key word or phrase and then start searching through Bartleby's and Shakespeare to see if any good quotes come up. Even if they don't, just looking at poetry might shake something loose.


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The truth is (as usually) not nearly as simple. There are different styles of writing and different audiences you're aiming at, but not only the split doesn't go along the line of "online/offline", the line is not nearly as clear-cut as you're trying to make it. Some of the longest books even written never reach paper and have avid audience online. And ...


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"Seek" is only noun in highly technical senses. If someone said "Taiwan Seek" to me, I would think "Taiwan Sikh?" How about Taiwanted Taiwan Hunt Taiwan Classified (I like the last because "classified" also means "secret" and so the title suggests LA Confidential or High-School Confidential.)



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