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Feb
23
comment Experience Dealing with Chinese book printers?
What's your planned print run?
Feb
13
comment costs of self-publishing photo book, coffeetable
I think that the OP is asking for the resource described in point 1.
Jan
6
comment How do I write a letter to a publisher?
Looks better! You'd definitely want to be putting your work in the context of their existing authors and publications.
Jan
5
comment How do I write a letter to a publisher?
Certainly do not say "your house" or "your publishing program". I would hope to see evidence of decent research into the publisher you're hoping to entice. It irritates me when people write to me without having even looked at my current catalogue. <my colleague grabbed the laptop and wrote that>
Dec
4
comment How do I create a book cover for my self-published book for under $500?
Here's an interesting dissection of the process behind a particular cover design, with a total materials budget (stock images) of around $100: davidbarnett.wordpress.com/2013/09/30/…
Nov
11
comment Using quotes for sarcastic text
Can I use quotes to emphasize sarcasm? "Yes"
Oct
10
comment For Sci-Fi books, what is the purchasing split between regular and ebooks?
What was your source for the all-books data?
Oct
1
comment PDF e-book page size and fonts
+1: PDF's lead to reader disappointment and frustration, as they do not scale or flow with different page sizes. I'd stay clear of it completely.
Sep
19
comment Software for developing and organizing characters
Wow, just looked at Character Writer -- is that sort of software widely used? Would that explain the two-dimensional stereotypical characters in so many books? Still, imagine how much better Dickens could have been with such a tool at his disposal.
Sep
1
comment ISBN codes for privately sold books?
There doesn't seem to be any reason to be paying money for barcode images at all. Plenty of free sources out there.
Jul
25
comment Are agents too busy for new clients? What should I do next?
"They are more prone to invest on a famous person then to bet in a new writer" ... and more prone to invest in a young writer than an old one. They want to reap the benefits of a long future writing career.
Jun
16
comment What republication rights do I have?
That is one horrible and dysfunctional website. Choosing a book from the carousel is like playing a video game.
Jun
13
comment Where do I fit in the future of publishing?
I've got some ideas ... @Jeremy email through the address on my contact page if you like
May
24
comment Do publishers really need to translate between UK and US English?
As an Englishman who lived in the US for 10+ years, I've heard this "knock up" thing quite a few times from Americans. I have never heard the phrase from a Britain, and I think they'd associate it with sex. So, I assume it's just something from a 1940's British film that has been passed around the US consciousness.
May
20
comment Do publishers really need to translate between UK and US English?
Not all publishing is fiction, of course. If you were publishing a book on art, biography, or history then there's much less controversy about whether the "translation" damages the book's text.
May
4
comment Tips For A Good Medieval Fantasy Novel
Are you writing for your own pleasure, or for the purpose of getting the work published?
Apr
30
comment How do collaborating authors choose an agent?
I suspect the agent probably has quite a strong say in the matter as well.
Apr
26
comment Critique: Make excerpt more visual/flow better
Are you looking to find a publisher for this work?
Apr
24
comment Critique: Make excerpt more visual/flow better
What's the target audience age range for this?
Apr
24
comment Overuse of bullet points
Ach, @LaurenIpsum has opened Pandora's Box. Now it'll be bullet points for everyone.