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May
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answered Which one is correct?
May
9
comment Which one is correct?
I think it's better with "allow" than "allows". With "allow", you're implying that the "will" applies to "allow" as well as "expand". We do this all the time. "Bob will run and jump." That is, he "will run" and "will jump". It's also legal with "allows", but then you're saying it "will expand", future, but it "allows", present. In this case it works either way.
May
9
comment Is it possible my book could be taken off-line for sale if there is a cease and desist letter?
Well, this depends a lot on what country you're in, and in the U.S., on whether the other party is a "public figure". In the U.S., even if someone can prove that what you said is false, you can still win a libel suit unless they can convince the court that you lied out of "malice" or that you showed "reckless disregard for the truth". These rules were made to protect reporters who write stories that are false because the reporter simply made a mistake. My understanding is that in most other countries, it's much easier for the plaintiff to win a libel suit than it is in the U.S.
May
9
comment When self publishing, are there benefits to making a company to represent your books? Is that then a publishing house?
Sure. Go ahead. I'm happy to tell you what I've done with my company. As you're in a different country laws may be different, and the usual "I am not a lawyer" disclaimer.
May
8
comment When self publishing, are there benefits to making a company to represent your books? Is that then a publishing house?
... unless you're afraid that you're going to trying to cheat yourself, I don't see what you'd gain. Maybe there's some situation where a contract would protect you from some outside party? I'm not sure what that would be, but legal issues can certainly get complicated and weird.
May
8
comment When self publishing, are there benefits to making a company to represent your books? Is that then a publishing house?
You mean written contracts with my own company? I didn't. We just made verbal contracts. Which is probably dangerous as the owner is a very unscrupulous person. :-) As my company is a sole proprietorship, under US law it is not a separate legal entity from me, so any contract would not just "in real life" but also legally be between me and myself, and thus probably meaningless. If you made a corporation, then it's a separate legal entity, and there might be some value to having a contract. But the main purpose of a contract is to have an enforceable agreement between two parties, and ...
May
7
answered When self publishing, are there benefits to making a company to represent your books? Is that then a publishing house?
May
7
answered Is it possible my book could be taken off-line for sale if there is a cease and desist letter?
Apr
29
revised Is there a reference for “dumbing down” material?
added 323 characters in body
Apr
29
answered Is there a reference for “dumbing down” material?
Apr
29
comment Background speech with foreground dialogue
I agree that putting the background speaker's words in italics is a good idea. I've seen that done and it does clearly set them off. The idea of using two columns is interesting, but it would be decidedly unusual, and therefore the reader's attention would likely be focused more on the odd technique than on what the characters are saying or doing. I would save something like that for a VERY rare case where I really wanted to emphasize simultaneous action. Frankly, I doubt I'd do it unless there were many places in the story where it was appropriate, so the reader would get used to it.
Apr
29
answered Table of content in Newsletter
Apr
29
answered How to assure your plot isn't a carbon copy of another story?
Apr
22
comment How should I begin my research for my Military Fiction?
@Fortiter This would pretty much rule out all science fiction, as none of the writers that I know of has ever even been to another planet. But seriously, ignorance is curable: one can do research.
Apr
18
answered What are the advantages of different date formats in resumes and CVs?
Apr
18
comment How likely is the “five consecutive word rule” to detect “random,” as opposed to intentional plagiarism?
@Lauren RE "million monkeys at a million keyboards" As it happens, elementary probability theory as proven that wrong.
Apr
18
answered How likely is the “five consecutive word rule” to detect “random,” as opposed to intentional plagiarism?
Apr
18
comment What is the smallest amount of text that can be plagiarized?
@NeilFein Certainly didn't mean to imply that all answers/comments on that question were yours. I said "question referenced by Neil Fein", not "comment made by Neil Fein"!
Apr
15
comment What is the smallest amount of text that can be plagiarized?
See the comments on the 5-word question referenced by Neil Fein above. No sensible discussion of plagiarism simply counts the number of words. It's not that simple.
Apr
15
comment Can a self publishing author use a Pen name/Pseudonym?
copyrightservice.co.uk/services/knowledge-base/kb_pseudonym