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Jun
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answered technical subjects - non-fiction vs fiction
Jun
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comment technical subjects - non-fiction vs fiction
Ditto. I had a textbook for a computer science class in college once that had a bunch of little "Sally gets her first job as a software developer" stories. They were mind-bogglingly stupid. Full of "Oh, Sally said, as a software developer I get to meet so many interesting people!" sort of lines. At the time I thought to myself, What, is the author of this textbook a frustrated novelist? Maybe there are textbook writers out there who do something like this well, and the stories really add to the book. But I don't recall seeing one.
Jun
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comment How do you get paid for getting your book published?
As I understand it, usually a writer contacts a publisher with a proposal for a book, and if the publisher is interested they'll contact the writer to actually write the book. But I was once contacted by a publisher who asked if I would be interested in writing a book that they wanted written. I guess they thought I was competent to write it based on things I had written in the past. I presume that happens more often with people who are actually well-known authors.
Jun
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comment How do you get paid for getting your book published?
It is rare for POD books to be sold in bookstores, but it happens. The writer gets a much smaller royalty because the middle-man has to get a cut, and POD books are usually non-returnable. One of my POD books sells a few copies per year in a bookstore.
Jun
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answered How to suddenly introduce a scary character, but include description?
Jun
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answered The fine line between accurate science, and confusing my reader
Jun
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comment Should I completely eliminate passive voice
Yes. Just because there are lots of times when X is bad, doesn't mean that it's ALWAYS bad. IN GENERAL you shouldn't poke someone in the eye. But my eye doctor pokes me in the eye with some fancy gadget every time I visit him as part of the examination for a medical condition I have. It is rarely wise to take "always" and "never" rules literally.
Jun
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answered Published with no contract
Jun
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answered Is the following deus-ex-machina? If so, should I remove it?
Jun
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answered Is there a format I can save my poems in that will make the publisher unable to copy and paste?
Jun
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comment Is there a format I can save my poems in that will make the publisher unable to copy and paste?
You have LEGAL protection. Anything you write is automatically protected by copyright, and if someone steals your work you can sue them.
Jun
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comment How to properly cite a source in your footnotes?
Ah. Quotes like that, well, I haven't done a study, but I think they tend to use a very abbreviated citation immediately after the quote. Like, "No state would remain stable if its citizens believed they ought to cease from all exertion except feastings and drinkings and the vigorous pursuits of their amours. -- Plato, Epistle VII." Usually quotes like that don't include a page number or publisher, etc, just author and title. You certainly could give a full, formal footnote, but it's not normally expected.
Jun
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comment Punctuation-Quote or Quote-Punctuation?
I'm an American, but whenever it's up to me, i.e. I don't have an editor imposing a style, I use British style, because I think it just makes more sense and is easier to read. (Let me emphasize that this is not an endorsement of Limey culture in general, just this one particular convention. :-)
Jun
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answered How to properly cite a source in your footnotes?
Jun
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answered How to write when thinking in multiple languages?
Jun
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answered Feedback: What to use and what to ignore?
Jun
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answered How to make the reader “accept” absurdity?
Jun
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answered Copyright of a TV series when used as reference?
Jun
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answered How to write about transgender issues while avoiding cognitive dissonance?