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Mar
7
comment How to avoid “Adult” rating when publishing erotica on KDP
When you submit your book you can choose up to three categories. As far as I know, Amazon doesn't ever have anyone physically read any books for evaluating content.
Mar
6
comment Erotic fiction: Kindle Direct Publishing guidelines on pornography
Unfortunately, I don't think anyone can define this. Amazon uses an automated process that helps them identify "adult" content, and the algorithm they use is proprietary, so we are left guessing. As long as you stay away from the three taboo topics, though, your content should be okay. Strong language or descriptive content have not caused any of my books to be flagged.
Mar
5
comment Do most e-book writers just self publish on Kindle to start with?
Another advantage of using services like Smashwords or Draft2Digital is that they basically allow you to submit a Word document which they then convert for you to create the various e-book formats you'll need. The fact that they also handle the distribution to all the different retailers also helps to simplify things for writers. When you create an account with either of them, they will have you provide the information they will need to send you payments, as well as the IRS forms you will need at the end of each year. This is true of KDP as well.
Nov
21
comment How can you write during a full work day?
Excellent! I'm glad it worked for you.
Aug
14
comment Should an author seek copyright clearance before finding a publisher?
I will edit my answer to further explain why I used "and/or".
Apr
28
comment Using “and/or” in a manuscript
I totally agree that using "and/or" in more "formal" writing is unacceptable. The point I tried to make was that using it in "fiction" could be more acceptable. This would be especially true if, as @Nicole and I have mentioned, it is a phrase that is common with your setting and/or characters.
Apr
27
comment Using “and/or” in a manuscript
I guess it all depends on where you are from, but in my parts of Texas, it's not at all uncommon for people to use "and/or" in their dialogue. If it is used in a proper context, there would be nothing wrong with using it in writing. If it is used only one time in a 50,000 word story, then it would not be nearly as acceptable.
Apr
25
comment What is the most important element of a drama, beside its message?
I'm voting to close this question as off-topic because it appears to be more about acting rather than writing.
Jan
19
comment Discouraging link to Lulu or CreateSpace
Personally, I believe that people will find any book that is advertised through AdWords and purchased through PayPal to be "non-professional", but that's just me. If you're truly intent on self-publishing, you should really use Kindle Direct Publishing and/or Nook Publishing because that's where the vast majority of the e-book readers will be going to look for books.
Jan
18
comment Unofficial Fan Fictions - How can I Secure Them?
Dale Emery is absolutely correct in his answer when he states that the discontinuation of the board game does NOT forfeit the copyright. Any use of the characters, settings, or other portions of the board game in your writing could cause it to be considered as a derivative work, which would violate their copyright and could possibly put you in jeopardy of being sued. You need to thoroughly research the copyright AND trademarks for the board game before attempting to publish anything.
Jan
18
comment Poor man's copyright techniques
It is true that a copyright notice is not required. I simply stated that because I assumed the OP was looking for some means to stake an "official" claim to his copyright, and posting a copyright notice is the easiest way to do so.
Jan
10
comment Writing techniques or exercises to improve ability to show rather than tell?
When you get a chance, would you mind paraphrasing or summarizing the content? I'd prefer to not send people to another site to get their answers.
Dec
12
comment How do I explain a lack of sufficient data in my essay?
Sometimes you need to be willing to do some real research if you want to have some real data. Having said that, I found four sites on Google with very relevant data, so you may want to reconsider what you are looking for. One in particular was a gold mine of information, but sometimes you have to work a little harder to find what you need. Some states have better information than others, but there is information out there.
Sep
25
comment Is CreateSpace 100% free for self-publishing?
You are no longer required to purchase the proof copy, although it is recommended.
Jan
1
comment Create and publish collection of public domain poems from 19th century
Also, I'm not sure where you got the idea that US copyright lasts for 150 years, but that is not correct. The US has had a number of changes to their copyright laws, but basically any books published prior to 1923 are no longer protected. Books published after that had to have their copyright renewed every 28 years or they fell into the public domain. There were a couple of changes that happened between 1964 and 1998 that complicated things further, but the current coverage is for the life of the author plus 70 years. copyright.cornell.edu/resources/publicdomain.cfm
Jan
1
comment Create and publish collection of public domain poems from 19th century
There are a couple of different ways in which the examples you gave are currently available through Amazon. First of all, any that were submitted prior to the middle of 2011 were grandfathered in. The current Amazon policy went into effect in Feb. 2011, and started being really enforced about the middle of 2011. The second example are books that were converted from sources such as the Gutenberg Project and are available for free. There are others that may slip through the initial review, but Amazon usually catches those and removes them in time.
Apr
3
comment Is publishing to Amazon Kindle-alternative eBook markets worth the time and effort?
@Vass, yes you can. They each have their own processes and require a different format, but they are both available. You can go to pubit.com to create an account to manage your books through B&N. Kobo (Sony) and Apple also have their own programs now, but I haven't created accounts with them yet.
Dec
18
comment How to publish public domain books?
I was referring to the author re-publishing their own works in a collection somewhere later in time from the original publication. I personally could not take a collection of someone else's public domain works and publish them as a collection and thereby lay claim to a copyright of their individual poems. I added some more info to my answer to give a better example.
Dec
11
comment How can I catch more errors when I proofread?
lol - I wish I could take credit for being that clever, but it was an honest typo! :) Nice catch!
Sep
27
comment Which well-established vanity publishers offer publishing for money and how much money is enough?
Sorry, but I can't name any that are still in business. About ten years ago I was looking at vanity publishers for a project, but the more I looked into them the more discouraged I became. With my marketing background and my own self-publishing experiences I would be willing to bet I could do a better job than a vanity press.