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comment If I get a free ISBN through Amazon's CreateSpace now, will that impact any decisions about getting my own ISBN later?
Well, Amazon is quite happy to print and distribute a book with an ISBN that belongs to you. I did that for my second book: I am now technically a publishing company, but Create Space prints the book and it is sold on Amazon.
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comment Is CreateSpace 100% free for self-publishing?
And there is, of course, a difference between "it's printed on pages that are the right size" and "it is an attractively-formatted book".
Sep
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answered When sending out press releases, do you include a cover letter?
Sep
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answered Is CreateSpace 100% free for self-publishing?
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answered If I get a free ISBN through Amazon's CreateSpace now, will that impact any decisions about getting my own ISBN later?
Sep
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comment If I get a free ISBN through Amazon's CreateSpace now, will that impact any decisions about getting my own ISBN later?
Think of an ISBN as being like an item number in a catalog. If you have a regular edition and a large-print edition, or the first edition and the updated second edition, each must have its own ISBN. Otherwise there would be no way for purchasers to specify which they want. A given seller COULD have their own, separate catalog number to identify different editions of a book, but then what would be the point of having ISBNs?
Sep
22
comment Do I risk losing reader if I put too many religious/anti-religious views?
But we're getting way off writing and into social issues and politics. My original post on this went further than I should have. My intent was just to comment that "Christianism" was a loaded word invented by someone with an agenda, and I got a little carried away.
Sep
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comment Do I risk losing reader if I put too many religious/anti-religious views?
... you not be allowed to do that you can do now? Get an abortion. Marry someone of the same sex. Maybe possibly limits on pornography. Compare that to the laws that have been imposed in the last few decades that Christians generally oppose. You can be forced to participate in a gay marriage whether you like it or not. The government tells you what kind of health insurance you can buy. The government tells you what light bulbs you can use. What kind of business you can open and where. Who you are allowed to hire and fire. How far toilet seats must be from the wall.
Sep
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comment Do I risk losing reader if I put too many religious/anti-religious views?
@ghoppe Well, okay, in the same sense that Christians in the 19th century sought to impose their religious beliefs by outlawing slavery, and in general laws against stealing and murder and rape are consistent with Christian principles. But (a) No one is saying that you have to convert to our religion or be killed or otherwise penalized, as happens in many Muslim countries. No one is saying that there should be laws forcing you to join Christian churches or give them money. And (b) Suppose a group of Christians swept the next election and were able to pass every law they wanted. What would ...
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comment Capitalization with compound nouns starting with a number
A common grammar rule is that you should never begin a sentence with a Hindu-Arabic numeral, but instead should spell out the word, and then capitalize it. However, in technical writing, many people ignore this rule because it can be confusing. I doubt I'd write "Sixteen MB of RAM are required ..." instead of "16MB of RAM are required ..." etc.
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answered Story without any character development whatsoever?
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answered Can a sentence start with verb?
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answered When mentioning two items in a sentence, should I specify which one I'm referring to in the next one?
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comment What is a good name for a character who loves money?
I'd avoid giving characters names that too obviously describe them, unless the story is intended to be a comedy or a very blatant allegory. In real life, greedy people are not all named "Mr Cash", violent people are not all named "Mr Fist", etc., and seeing names like that in a story just seems ... silly.
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answered Copyright issue when referring to a textbook
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comment Do I risk losing reader if I put too many religious/anti-religious views?
... the idea that someone could say, "I think X is morally wrong, and therefore I will seek to persuade others that it is morally wrong and that they shouldn't do it. But of course I wouldn't make it illegal, because that would violate other people's freedom." Which is, in fact, the position of almost every evangelical that I know personally or who I have heard speak publicly.
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comment Do I risk losing reader if I put too many religious/anti-religious views?
Can't say I've heard the term "Christianism" before, but hearing it was coined by Andrew Sullivan, who I have heard of, okay, I get it. I think you'd be hard pressed to find many actual Fundamentalists or evangelicals who say they want their religion imposed on others by force of law, that's more a caricature of evangelicals. Best as I can make out Mr Sullivan's logic, he says, "I think that anything I believe to be morally wrong should be illegal. Christians say X, Y, and Z are morally wrong. Therefore, Christians must believe that these things should be illegal." He rather skims over ...
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