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Dec
6
comment Referencing, but not using, trademarked characters
@SF Actually, characters can be subject to copyright, as well. If you wrote a novel with the characters from the Harry Potter series, for example, by using the same descriptions and distinctive elements (even if you call them different names), that would be an infringement (Parody would be an exception to this)
Feb
16
comment How to handle taxes for a self-published book
It doesn't have to be a formal business. It can be a one-time activity, such as publishing a single book. If you pay me $50 to paint your bathroom and I spend $10 on a bucket of paint, that would go on my Schedule C. (But as you indicated, a sole proprietorship can become a substantial operation -- some in fact have multiple millions in revenue)
Feb
15
comment How to handle taxes for a self-published book
@Jay A Schedule C activity isn't a separate business entity; you are merely running a sole proprietorship using your own social security number (as opposed to a partnership or corporation)
Aug
13
comment What permissions do I need for nonfiction travelogue?
With photos, keep in mind that the people in photos you wish to publish have privacy rights, so you will need to obtain a release from them.
Feb
19
comment How to handle taxes for a self-published book
Good point re paying estimated quarterly taxes, many people forget that.
Feb
19
comment How to handle taxes for a self-published book
@kindall/Steven: see edit
Feb
12
comment How do co-authors' rights to a manuscript work?
@Standback: All authors have to intend to merge their contributions into a single work at the time that they create them, otherwise they are not considered co-authors. For U.S. law (at least on the West Coast), there's a 4-factor test from Aalmuhammed v. Lee -- most important are whether the authors referred to themselves at co-authors at the time of creation, and whether their contributions have value standing by themselves (or are only valuable as part of the entire work). It does get complicated, no doubt.
Jan
17
comment How does one present spoken dialogue as a secondary language to signed speech?
@Lauren Good point, but wouldn't signed speech be quotable as literal text? My understanding of sign language is very limited, I'm not sure if it allows for the richness of natural speech or just conveys concepts.
Jan
17
comment How does one present spoken dialogue as a secondary language to signed speech?
@Lauren: Not all quoted text is spoken out loud. Quotes can denote any verbatim text: "I like bananas," the monkey wrote on the typewriter. (Then again, I've struggled with a similar issue: writers.stackexchange.com/questions/2144/…)
Jan
17
comment How to write about things which depend on each other
Can you give some examples?
Apr
6
comment Translation as the starting point of a new work of fiction
Better than zombies! Then again, maybe not.
Mar
18
comment Software for analyzing a manuscript?
I'll edit to clarify intent. I've seen other discussion regarding writing tools, such as writers.stackexchange.com/questions/2050, writers.stackexchange.com/questions/1854 and writers.stackexchange.com/questions/1970
Mar
16
comment What to do if I end up confused by my own plot because of 'trying to be original' or 'trying to make the story more deep'?
Can't help to think of the phrase "The inmates are running the asylum." In your story, does the reader know the doctor is a patient, or is it revealed only when the doctor comes to this realization?
Mar
16
comment How to improve this introductory paragraph (to fit writting standards and grab the reader's attention)?
Thanks for posting your samples, they’ve prompted some excellent advice! Please keep them coming...
Mar
14
comment First conversation scenes I've written (looking for errors, conventions, and improvements according to writting standards).
This is great!!
Mar
14
comment Please help me improve this sentence…
I'm not entirely sure what that means, could you have a look at my question on EL&U? english.stackexchange.com/questions/16283/…
Mar
13
comment Please help me improve this sentence…
Thanks, great tips, especially re decade. I'm using would as the past tense of will, not as a conditional -- is that the cause of the grammatical problem?
Mar
13
comment Please help me improve this sentence…
Thanks! These examples make the sentence longer, though; I'm looking for something short and sharp, with an informal tone (i.e. something the speaker might have said in a conversation)
Mar
13
comment Please help me improve this sentence…
Thanks, I like the "was about to" construction. I was thinking that "I'd" ("I would") made it shorter and sharper, but is it wrong/awkward in this context?
Mar
13
comment Please help me improve this sentence…
Yes, I like it, nothing wrong with metaphors!