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Mar
30
comment Is it possible to write about failed detective novel?
@Realdeo Do you have to write a novel so it can have a sequel? Of course not. Most novels don't have sequels. But you might want to consider whether you want to leave room open for a sequel.
Mar
30
comment Is it possible to write about failed detective novel?
@LaurenIpsum This version -- gutenberg.org/files/10148/10148-h/10148-h.htm --, which I was under the impression is the "canonical version", but I don't claim to be an authority on the subject. Skip down to the epilogue. Technically he was killed by the Prioress of Kirklees. I have apparently mis-remembered the story after all these years. I was thinking she was acting at the direction of the Sheriff. Actually he was already dead. She acted on her own, but with intent to please Prince John.
Mar
30
answered Is it possible to write about failed detective novel?
Mar
30
comment Would a government care if my novel mentioned their controversial / questionable practices?
@reed Okay, let me clarify. In the U.S., freedom of speech means you have the right to criticize the government. It does not mean that you have the right to kill people or blow up buildings, or to threaten to do so, or to encourage others to do so. Freedom of speech in the U.S. certainly isn't perfect. If you want to protest cases where someone got in legal trouble for political speech, I might well agree with you and join the protest. But the FBI has been watching your friend ever since he threatened to kill the president and blow up buildings? Sorry, I'm not joining you on that one.
Mar
29
answered How do you describe someone approaching and calling out at the same time without using different font sizes?
Mar
29
answered Is there a term for a fiction piece that goes after the prologue but before the epilogue?
Mar
28
answered Does the protagonist need a name?
Mar
28
answered how much pages do i have for a paperback book
Mar
25
comment Is it possible to create an audio-book for very old text/book?
If by "summarized" you mean that you would include large amounts of the original text, but not all of it, like you're going to leave out half of the original text but keep half, then no, you can't do this without getting permission from the copyright owner. You'd still be copying large amounts of someone else's text. If you mean you're going to rewrite it in your own words, like "Hamlet begins with Hamlet meeting the ghost of his father ...", then as long as you don't use any but a few snippets of the original text, you're ok.
Mar
24
answered copyright issues and permissions
Mar
24
answered Is copyright implied when you self publish?
Mar
24
answered Is it possible to create an audio-book for very old text/book?
Mar
24
answered Is it possible to publish a single copy of a book?
Mar
21
answered Coming up with Chapter titles
Mar
21
answered Would a government care if my novel mentioned their controversial / questionable practices?
Mar
21
answered Referring to nameless protagonists in essays
Mar
21
comment how do i copyright my book? please help thanks
Hmm, the referenced duplicate question specifically refers to an e-book, while this question just says a book in general. Saying that this is a duplicate embodies the assumption that the process is exactly the same. Which it is not. For starters, copyrighting a paper book requires mailing two physical copies to the copyright office, which at the least requires additional explanation for an e-book. And anyone asking presumably does not know how similar or different the procedures are. Etc.
Mar
16
comment Can technical writing suck less
.... saying, Oh, this is all so simple and obvious.
Mar
16
comment Can technical writing suck less
Yes. It seems to me that when people write a users guide or other technical material, they have one of two goals: 1. Impress the reader with how smart I must be to understand this really complicated subject. Or 2. Explain this complicated subject to the reader so he understands. People with goal #1 will use lots of big words, leap right into the most difficult material without building up to it, give examples that explain nothing, etc. If the reader leaves saying, Wow, this subject is really hard, they consider that success. I think the best technical books are those that leave the reader ...
Mar
10
answered What to do if your story seems too similar to another?