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Jan
31
comment How can I write a thesis statement and stay on topic in a persuasive essay?
But it only has a ONE typo.
Jan
31
comment Use double or triple minus hyphen (-) to stand in for em dash?
What will you be doing with the document that makes you want to represent an em dash with characters other than an em dash?
Jan
2
comment Plural of single letter variables
Consider recasting the sentence: … as each c is a member of a different field.
Dec
21
comment Can I use an old painting of Lilith as my book cover?
Morgan, given that you will be using a photograph (not Collier's actual paiting), find out what copyright law says about photographs of public domain works of art. Also note that it makes no difference whether you sell your book or give it away. Copyright law is about copying and distributing, regardless of whether you make money.
Dec
21
comment Can I use an old painting of Lilith as my book cover?
That's right Chris. I looked up the painting, and the first photograph I found (on Wikimedia) says: "The official position taken by the Wikimedia Foundation is that 'faithful reproductions of two-dimensional public domain works of art are public domain.'" See the Licensing section here: "commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/… I quickly realized that I don't know the legal standard.
Dec
19
comment Swearing in a book, within a context. Too offensive?
Write the one where you offend yourself. You'll have way more fun. You'll write a much better story. You'll gain more readers than you lose.
Oct
14
comment How do I write about something which can only be felt with closed eyes?
Yes. Learn touch typing. Or try dictation software.
Oct
13
comment Best practices for designating prose as intellectual property?
According to The Copyright Handbook (from Nolo Press), your work is copyrighted when you express it in some tangible form. But in order to sue for copyright infringement in the US, you must register. Timely registration (see the book) enables you to request "statutory damages" (see the book!), which can be substantial. Untimely registration (e.g. after you discover the infringement) limits damages to actual losses and the infringer's actual gains. The Copyright Handbook is an amazing resource. Chock full of information, and surprisingly easy to read. Buy it. Read it. Read it again.
Sep
1
comment Taxonomy of understanding: term
I'm voting to close this question as off-topic because it does not appear to be about writing. It might fit better in Academia or some other Stack Exchange site.
Sep
1
comment Taxonomy of understanding: term
I don't think this is a writing question, so I'm voting to close. But my guess is that you are talking about Bloom's Taxonomy. There's a terrific book by Anderson and Krathwohl that refines the model.
Aug
26
comment Use of copyright across nations
In many countries, you are not required to register the copyright. You own the copyright as soon as you write the text. Registering may help in a lawsuit.
Aug
24
comment How to turn an unknown detail in the story into a mystery instead of a lacking detail?
The Writing Excuses folks use the phrase "hang a lantern on it."
Aug
16
comment How do I create a book on iBookstore without having a Mac?
Please improve your answer by explaining in what ways is Draft2Digital is better than Smashwords. (And in what ways D2D falls short of Smashwords.)
Aug
14
comment Is CreateSpace 100% free for self-publishing?
I added a bit of detail about how much each retailer gets for books printed through CreateSpace. Let me know if that clarifies. I once got a proof with cover that appeared to me to be trimmed wrong. About 1/8" too short and 1/8" too wide. But only once. I suspect it was some kind of process error, and that buyers got the right size. Cover colors are interesting. Computer monitors distort colors. Translating from RGB (if you work in RGB) to CMYK (for printing) distorts colors. You can calibrate your monitor, and work in CMYK, but I haven't yet felt the need to go to all that trouble.
Aug
14
comment Is it legal to self-publish books independently (in any form) with no LTD, L.L.C., D.B.A., etc.?
I think it's a 1099-MISC (but I'm away from my office right now and can't check mine).
Aug
8
comment How to make distinguishing characters who have almost the exact same traits?
Watch the movie Sliding Doors for many examples of how to distinguish characters physically. In that movie, the filmmakers had distinguish characters in one timeline from the same characters in an alternate timeline.
Aug
7
comment How to Choose What is Included in Table of Contents for ePub Book
For a while I used Jutoh. I found its usability awkward, but it gives lots of control. Now I use a homegrown thing, built on Pandoc (to convert Scrivener's RTF files to markdown), Jekyll (to convert markdown to HTML), and Ruby (to compile epubs from HTML files). If you're interested it's on GitHub ( github.com/dhemery/jpub ), but be aware that the git repo is a little out of date, and I offer ABSOLUTELY ZERO support. Lots of folks use Calibre or Sigil. I avoided Sigil because it looked as if its developers were abandoning it. But now I think new developers have taken up the reins.
Aug
5
comment I am looking to self publish a book but I don't need everything the sites offer
The puzzle, I think, i hows to get the book into the distribution channels. In the US, I think buying an ISBN from Bowker gets you into the important listings. Retailers can order the book from the publisher, but is that what they normally do? Or do they prefer to order through distributors?
Jul
26
comment Avoid repeating specific words with no synonyms
13 Norwegians and 6 Norways seems reasonable to me in an essay about your experience learning the language. What makes you think it's too many? Too many for what?
Jul
24
comment Legal or copyright problems using Google drive or other cloud storage for story notes?
You would need a lawyer to determine that for certain. People often get up in arms about some online service or other requesting the right to copy users' stuff, but usually it's expressly to give the service permission to do what the user is using the service for. A cloud storage service, for example, needs your permission to store your stuff, and to present it back to you. Other kinds of online services--such as social media sites--are a whole nuther kettle of bees. If you're concerned, consult a lawyer. In any event, read the agreement you're agreeing to.