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The "Star Wars" of books, you might say

Are there any prominent examples of authors who wrote the middle book (or even the last book) in a trilogy first? Non-fiction preferred, but will take fiction examples, too.
posted by NotMyselfRightNow on Jun 20, 2014 - 16 answers

Does buying the Kindle Edition count towards bestseller lists?

An old friend put out her first book, and I want to pre-order it, but I also want to help it "pop." If I buy the Kindle Edition instead of the hardcover, will it still maximally count for the popularity trackers like NYTimes bestsellers and Amazon Best Of, or whatever? Or is that too "new media"?
posted by tintexas on Feb 15, 2014 - 3 answers

To Self-publish, or (try) to Publish... and I'm a snowflake

I am writing a guidebook for my industry and while I want to catch some of the increase in reputation that comes from going through a real publisher, I also pretty much want to give it away (electronically but also in hard copy as gifts for clients etc) to as many people as possible. Is there a way to achieve both of those goals? Published by an independent, real publisher, printed for those that want to pay, and those I am willing to pay for, and free for me to distribute as much as I want?
posted by HopStopDon'tShop on Oct 3, 2013 - 7 answers

Please help me remember the title of this book

I read a book in 2006 or 2007. I believe it had just come out. It was a compilation of chapters by accomplished female authors; I think largely chick-lit authors. It was sort of quarter-life crisis type of book. I specifically remember one chapter by a woman who broke up with her boyfriend repeatedly, and then he died. Her friends remarked that if she had married him line he wanted, she'd be a widow and she said she would rather have been his widow than be his nothing. Is there anyone else on earth, or on AskMe who's read this book and can help me out with a title, author, or editor?
posted by Enchanting Grasshopper on Sep 12, 2013 - 2 answers

Depictions of Children's Street Culture in Fiction and Nonfiction

Please recommend fiction and nonfiction novels which depict folklore and mythology created by children who are free of adult supervision and authority. [more inside]
posted by zarq on Sep 3, 2013 - 16 answers

Trying to find a short story about an alien and bacterial mind control.

I recall reading a short story featuring a eco friendly alien or superhero driving a car or spaceship covered in plants and fueled by water. [more inside]
posted by j03 on Jun 7, 2013 - 1 answer

The perils of listening to your readers

A while ago I read an essay/article/rant online re a fantasy author / series and I'd like to read it again but google is failing me because I can't remember any specifics. [more inside]
posted by fearfulsymmetry on Apr 23, 2013 - 2 answers

Recalling a book title and author

I read a novel when I was in high school that was written I think back in the seventies or maybe the sixties. I have been trying for awhile now to remember the title and the author. I've done some searches, but I can't narrow down my search terms to where I can get search results that would be helpful. Please help me remember! [more inside]
posted by Fukiyama on Apr 18, 2013 - 2 answers

Book Reviews All The Way Down

"Book review" typically refers to the review of a single book. Is there a term for a single article that reviews the collective works of an author?
posted by NotMyselfRightNow on Nov 30, 2012 - 13 answers

Publishing my first novel - what should I be doing?

I just got an offer to publish my first novel. I know very little about the publishing industry and the business aspect of being an author. Help! [more inside]
posted by inire on Oct 22, 2012 - 13 answers

RPG into book, laws and etiquette

What are the rules about creating a novel from a personal RPG? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 4, 2012 - 5 answers

Who is Weinberg?

Book-filter: Used to have a list of quotes by someone named "Weinberg". Predates Gerald Weinberg but many of he quotes were computer-related and from the '60s! Who is Weinberg? [more inside]
posted by Man with Lantern on Jan 20, 2012 - 5 answers

Efficient support of the author

cstross! jscalzi! Other fiction authors! What's the most efficient or author-preferred way to spend a given amount of money on his/her books? [more inside]
posted by ROU_Xenophobe on Nov 10, 2011 - 11 answers

What will happen when I blatantly plagiarize Kafka's The Trial?

What will happen when I blatantly plagiarize Kafka's The Trial? [more inside]
posted by Meatbomb on Nov 9, 2011 - 20 answers

What's this movie?

Looking for a movie based on a book written by a child author in the nineteenth century possible called 'the young travellors' [sic] [more inside]
posted by soymilk on May 15, 2011 - 5 answers

How about "skyline" or "in the distance"...

When a book is reviewed by an editor, do they look for words that are repeated too much? [more inside]
posted by SpacemanStix on Sep 17, 2010 - 10 answers

Perhaps a chair coated with glue?

With NaNoWriMo looming ever nearer, I would like to hear your best tips, tricks, habits, and techniques for staying chained to the keyboard. [more inside]
posted by BitterOldPunk on Oct 22, 2009 - 26 answers

Are there any authors like Cormac McCarthy?

Which author comes closest to Cormac McCarthy? [more inside]
posted by Bacillus on Oct 21, 2009 - 19 answers

Book Recommendation for fans of "Life of Pi"

I need a book recommendation for my girlfriend; her favourite book is Yann Martel's "Life of Pi". Any ideas? [more inside]
posted by mizike on Oct 7, 2009 - 28 answers

What to do when in the presence of your personal heroes (and how to avoid the cost and wait)?

Book festivals? National Book Festival? What to expect? [more inside]
posted by notcomputersavvy06 on Sep 25, 2009 - 4 answers

what the fuck...is this book?

Can you help me remember the name of a book I read 15 years ago which had a character repeatedly using the catchphrase "What the fuck, it's only a buck" when wasting money? [more inside]
posted by arniec on Jun 23, 2009 - 3 answers

Recommendation for a book on putting together a memoir?

I need a recommendation for an instructional book on putting together a memoir. I already have a good portion of it written. The area I need help with is what to do with the various experiences that I've written about. Right now it's a bunch of stories with a central theme. I need to pull it together and make it a book in other words.
posted by adfeb on Mar 1, 2009 - 2 answers

What is the name of this story about waiting? "Godot" isn't in the title.

ID That Story: novel (novella? short story?) in which a man is standing in line. Pretty much the entire story is his experience while waiting in line. It's a future/dystopia story. The man is waiting in line to make a complaint. He falls in love with the girl in front of him, though she's not allowed to turn and look at him. It's a parable about overpopulation. It was probably written in the 60s or 70s. That's all I remember.
posted by grumblebee on Nov 20, 2008 - 8 answers

Should I write this chapter for free?

I've been asked to contribute to a collection of op-ed/essays/creative nonfiction type stories, to be published together as a book. I have no idea how this stuff works, but I know the release form says I won't get paid. Anybody have any experience with this kind of thing? Is this a normal clause for a first-time author who barely even counts as an author? [more inside]
posted by ultraultraboomerang on Sep 29, 2008 - 6 answers

Tété-Michel Kpomassie: Where is He Now

Tété-Michel Kpomassie: where is he now? Whatever happened to him? I can't find other books by him after An African in Greenland; I've read he eventually received French citizenship and lives there now - but what does he do? He must have written other books or articles, right? Anyone know?
posted by luriete on Sep 3, 2008 - 3 answers

Self publish much?

The rights to my ~400 page pop/technical book reverted to me when the publisher went bankrupt. How can I best monetize the second edition? [more inside]
posted by lothar on Jun 11, 2008 - 4 answers

Should I send them the manuscript?

An agent is interested in my book but says that they only have an "optional" contract- authors can sign it or not, given their preference. Should I give them my book? [more inside]
posted by arnicae on Apr 13, 2008 - 15 answers

I want to read stories or articles like those on 'This American Life'

I've been reading 'New Kings of Nonfiction' by Ira Glass and love it. I want to read more articles and books in this vein. [more inside]
posted by reenum on Feb 27, 2008 - 7 answers

Earning Quotes from Quirky Comedians

How can I get B-List Celebrities to give me a quote for the back of my book? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 22, 2007 - 15 answers

Book signature for a messy signer?

I have a small book coming out in a few months, and will most likely be asked to sign a number of them for family, friends, complete strangers. However, my signature is a indiscernible squiggle. Should I practice a special signature for the book, or maybe buy a small embosser to use with the signature? Any examples of out of the ordinary author signatures people have are welcome. [more inside]
posted by inthe80s on Aug 8, 2007 - 20 answers

I want to be published.

How do you get a book published by a (semi) major publisher as a first time author? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 8, 2007 - 13 answers

Is dealing with a publisher worth it?

Should I bother with a publisher? How much do nonfiction authors make off a book deal these days? [more inside]
posted by antipasta_explosion on Feb 12, 2007 - 8 answers

Problem with editor

Unprofessional behavior and bad PR in the book world... am I better off taking my book back from this publisher or sucking up their bad behavior and just being done with it? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Feb 12, 2007 - 9 answers

What if it's not a novel I want to write?

I have found a ton of information both here and other places about the outline of a NOVEL, but not other types of books. What would be the general structure of an outline for a book that is: 1/3 history, 1/3 case-study/interviews/current applications, 1/3 how-to and NOT a novel. Useless information included inside :-) [more inside]
posted by sandra_s on Aug 15, 2006 - 4 answers

If I can't find this book, I may be driven to drink, too.

I am going insane trying to find this book. The author was interviewed on Fresh Air (it might have been a repeat, but played not that long ago). In order to help you help me, there is . . . [more inside]
posted by Medieval Maven on May 23, 2006 - 7 answers

I'm looking for the children's book with a cookie dough airplane.

What's the title/author of the children's book where a kid makes an airplane out of cookie dough and goes exploring? If I remember correctly, the illustrations were quite plump and billowy.
posted by pmbuko on Jun 3, 2005 - 12 answers

Can anyone suggest the title/ author of a book of conversation starters I once heard about?

Can anyone suggest the title/ author of a book I once heard about? It contains dozens of conversation starters - things like (and I paraphrase): "If you were offered to live forever, but only on condition that you were ugly, would you take it"?
posted by skylar on Apr 5, 2004 - 7 answers

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