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After the author writes the book, he submits it to the publisher, who then suggests edits all over the book, which the publisher believes will improve the book. Thus, it's really the author's choice, but the publisher can be insistent. Such suggested edits can be done to the title, or just parts of the entire work itself. It's still the author's decision, ...


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There are quite a few ways to approach and answer this question: Ebooks and e-readers are still relatively new, but have shown already that there's a future for them. Even stronger, they're already passing sales of regular books. There are several reasons for this, some of them are: easier to pack several books with you for a trip, ebooks are quite often ...


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If you can't boil down your novel into a logline (or "elevator pitch," which is how I learned it), then you may actually have a problem with your novel. You've provided the structure of your answer in your own question. An elevator pitch much have: the protagonist the goal of the protagonist the antagonist the stakes of failure So pick those out of your ...


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I think they actually have less say over the matter than that. Richard Dawkins has written quite a bit about the lack of choice authors have over their titles. Dawkin's publisher actually refused to let him title his most recent book "The Only Game in Town"; he had to settle for his second choice: "The Greatest Show on Earth". He's also bemoaned the ...


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The second sentence feels grammatically incorrect because it's not a sentence; it's two fragments joined by a semicolon. That doesn't make it wrong, but that's probably why you're reacting that way. If you want to keep the fragment style, I would tweak it thus: Or perhaps not despite -- perhaps because of. I made two changes there. First, I ...


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Frankly, I read a lot more of what I would term "Literature" than I ever used to, simply because large chunks of it are in the public domain. Given the amount I read, "free" is a powerful motivator. That being said, I absolutely refuse to pay for ebooks. I work in the publishing industry, and the claims that the costs of the physical product being equal or ...


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"In the" sounds like it's going on for a while — a chapter or two. "At the" sounds like a point on a line: he describes everything in one or two paragraphs and then moves on. Both are grammatically correct, but I think they have slightly different shades of meaning.


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The more clout you have as a writer-- the more popular your books are-- the more control you have with future books. They renamed my first book and wouldn't take no for an answer. On the other hand, I was able to veto all but three of the content changes (which were good changes, in my opinion). A title can kill a book, but it shouldn't be the reason you ...


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You can include whatever sections you like; the real question is whether your advisor or committee will approve what you write. If the structure is made more logical, organized, and clear by having a section called “Actuator Design” within a chapter called “Actuator Design”, then go ahead and use such a section. There are cases where structure would not be ...


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Seems like step 2 of the 3-step method of coming up with the title. First step: you compress the story into a half-page summary, that catches the essentials, piques interests, and so on. You condense events from the chapters into single sentences, cull unnecessary fluff, replace revelations with mysteries, spoilers with questions. That way you obtain the ...


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Conventions have changed. Fifty or a hundread years ago much of scientific literature, especially in the humanities, was written in an impersonal (often passive) or generalizing ("one", "we") style, implying professional detachment and an objective view. Today, both the relativity of knowledge (that "things might be different for different people or at ...


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While loglines (or log lines) serve as "elevator pitch" once you have finished your screenplay or novel, some authors, like Blake Snyder in Save the Cat! recommend that you come up with your log line before you embark on the journey of writing, because like the premise it will serve as orientation whether you are still on track. A logline must be: one to ...


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Generally the approach is to present one idea per academic paper. You have one basic hypothesis, and one method to test it. If you have more methods to try, you present those experiments in other papers. If you have more hypotheses, you test them in other papers. In the natural sciences you usually find that a research team publishes a string of papers on ...


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The best reporting is as simple as possible, factual and as clear as the events reported on. Limit yourself to 6th grade reading level. When reporting opinions of participants, use quotes. Your opinions should be kept out of the reporting. Since your teacher is also asking for opinion, I would turn in two articles, and make the second an editorial where you ...


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The topic seems informal to me, and lends itself nicely to a more personal, less formal tone. I'm okay with it being not strictly grammatical. Given that, consider a version that is even less grammatical and more informal: Or perhaps not despite. Perhaps because of.


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If you truly mean the groom's speech, then I would hope that you are the groom, because otherwise you probably won't know enough information to make it a truly meaningful speech! The groom's speech is primarily about thanking everyone for their participation in the wedding. In fact, the groom's speech traditionally includes more "thank you's" than any of the ...


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How about this: What are the best practices to use in this senario? I have a master GridView in my page which performs these actions: Add a new record Delete a record Search data bound to the GridView Display detailed information about selected records in the GridView For adding new records, I'm using a dialog or other ...


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I've made a few changes to the grammar, and tried to neaten up the text as best as I could while still keeping the essential meaning of what you wanted. I used "Facebook page" instead of a "Facebook website", since that seemed more correct I changed "questionnaire" to leaflets, as I assumed this is what you actually meant. I added in "Mubarak's ...


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Either is fine. But they have slightly different... connotations. "In the beginning" makes most people in the western world think/associate that ancient book called the (Christian) Bible. Which starts out with "In the beginning" ;-) So, it gets a more epic feel right off the bat than if I started with "At the beginning". "At the beginning" is more ...



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