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How do authors obtain permission and hi-res images of illustrations?

My dad and I are submitting a manuscript for a book on Old West history. We need not just to obtain permission to use 25 historical images but to obtain versions of the pictures that are high enough quality for print. Can any publishing experts or authors share tips on how best to undertake this task? [more inside]
posted by johngoren on May 28, 2015 - 10 answers

Publishing/Self-Publishing a kids storybook - where to start?

A friend and I are planning to put together a children's book. Where do we start with finding a way to put it out? [more inside]
posted by greenish on May 13, 2015 - 2 answers

How to deal with a diva? This is really freaking me out...

A few years ago I interviewed a locally-based but internationally-known folk musician about her life and work. Her stories were great and I thought she should write a memoir, but she said he didn't have the time. So I volunteered to help. [more inside]
posted by cartoonella on May 13, 2015 - 18 answers

Do academic presses publish books by job market dropouts?

I'm quitting academia after years of trying to get a tenure-track job in the humanities. My post-doc runs out in September. Should I finish the book manuscript based on my dissertation, or junk it and move on immediately? [more inside]
posted by Beardman on Feb 16, 2015 - 6 answers

Multi-language books

I'm putting together a book that contains text in all the United Nations languages: Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Russian and Spanish. I've had each text proofread individually, but now I'm sitting wondering. How can I make sure I haven't missed something blindingly obvious in the formatting or layout of the entire book? [more inside]
posted by ntk on Feb 13, 2015 - 2 answers

Acquiring the rights to out-of-print books in the US.

I'd like to try acquire the rights to material from a few related out-of-print nonfiction books published in the US during the 1920s and 30s, in order to create interactive electronic media from the material. (Initially a website, possibly an offline phone app. in the future.) This is almost certainly not fair use, and copyrights have been renewed for most of the texts. I'm hoping for a sanity check and some pointers from someone who knows more about book rights than me. [more inside]
posted by eotvos on Jan 3, 2015 - 4 answers

Adapting for profit my own work, portions of which I released under CC

For a couple chapters of a book I'm writing, I could choose to adapt short stories that I already released under a Creative Commons license. Even with the adapted chapters, the book would be 95% new material. What are the implications of mixing the new material with the CC material? [more inside]
posted by internet_explorer on Dec 2, 2014 - 6 answers

Best way to design and print a DIY cookbook?

What is the best service or method for designing and printing about a dozen copies of a cookbook? Lulu? Amazon? iPhoto? Kinkos? [more inside]
posted by toomuchkatherine on Nov 9, 2014 - 9 answers

URLs in printed footnotes: how to access?

Is there an easy way to include links to URLs from a printed book. [more inside]
posted by bwonder2 on Oct 18, 2014 - 8 answers

Basic steps of trying to publish an translated English book in China

Suppose, one person thinks it will benefit Chinese people a lot by translating an American book to Chinese, then publish it in China. How to make this happen? [more inside]
posted by akomom on Mar 7, 2014 - 4 answers

How To Submit A Book Proposal????

I have a completed proposal for a spiritual, self-help book with catchy title. How would I go about contacting publishers for submission?
posted by goalyeehah on Jan 7, 2014 - 6 answers

How to evaluate an offer to buy foreign rights?

I self-published a non-fiction technical book recently. A Chinese publisher has just approached me and wants to buy the 5-year Chinese foreign distribution rights. How do I evaluate their offer? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 21, 2013 - 5 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

How do I get a trade focused book published? Should I get an agent?

How do I get a trade focused book published? Should I get an agent? [more inside]
posted by BigBrownBear on Oct 7, 2012 - 3 answers

Picture Book Publishing 101

I want to write a children's picture book, submit it to a publisher, and get it published. Now what? [more inside]
posted by booksherpa on Sep 26, 2012 - 10 answers

Do I rat him out?

Would it be unprofessional to tell my editor that it is my co-author's fault that our book manuscript is (once again) going to miss it's delivery deadline? Or is the right thing to do to keep telling her that "we" aren't ready? [more inside]
posted by lollusc on Apr 29, 2012 - 22 answers

How can I get a best selling book(s) published?

Please bear with my premise. I have conceived & rough-edited an original series of art books that I am certain will become extremely popular. They are unique but mainstream; smart but immediate, they have universal appeal, and their content is hard to copy. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Apr 28, 2012 - 16 answers

Does self publishing hurt your mainstream publishing chances?

Does self publishing hurt your mainstream publishing chances? [more inside]
posted by sdis on Mar 4, 2012 - 12 answers

What's the next step after writing a book?

I wrote a good book. Now what? [more inside]
posted by sdis on Feb 7, 2012 - 13 answers

Should the book I edited advertise my Ph.D.?

I'm editing a non-academic, non-fiction book to be published by a university library. Should the book advertise my Ph.D. credentials? If so, how? [more inside]
posted by Orinda on Nov 21, 2011 - 12 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

Anyone with epub publishing experience out there on the green ?

Anyone with epub publishing experience willing to share the rookie-mistakes to avoid ? [more inside]
posted by Baud on Jun 2, 2011 - 3 answers

Looking for advice on pitching a pop science book

Advice on approaching publishers for a popular science book? [more inside]
posted by metaBugs on Apr 30, 2011 - 7 answers

Mount a small object in front cover of hardback book? Please/

How can I insert a small mirror or peephole into the front cover of a handmade hardcover book? What kind of material is appropriate for the cover? Will cardboard/cloth do? What about leather? Is there a tutorial anywhere to show how this is done? [more inside]
posted by waxbanks on Dec 9, 2010 - 4 answers

What are the steps to publish a children's book?

My (now deceased) grandmother wrote me a book, and I think it would appeal to parents and other children. What do I need to do to see if I can get it published? [more inside]
posted by juniperesque on Sep 14, 2010 - 6 answers

Authorhouse - worth a try?

Anyone had experience of publishing a book with Authorhouse? [more inside]
posted by Blackwatch on Aug 27, 2010 - 2 answers

Advice about promotional postcards?

Any advice on designing/ordering promotional postcards? [more inside]
posted by roxie110 on Aug 6, 2010 - 9 answers

textbook design

What are some examples or principles of great textbook design and writing? How can I maximize understanding, fun, and learning? [more inside]
posted by acidic on Jun 24, 2010 - 2 answers

How difficult is it to find work as a professional indexer?

How difficult is it to find work as a professional indexer? [more inside]
posted by Daily Alice on May 10, 2010 - 8 answers

Limited edition books: Is a lower number from the same printing better?

I'm purchasing directly from the publisher one (of 500) of a limited, numbered edition of a book. The publisher has asked me to choose from the remaining available numbers (for example, to choose my specific book as it comes off the press from between 123-220, 432-468 and 481-499). Are lower numbers better, more valuable, sought after? [more inside]
posted by cocoagirl on Apr 6, 2010 - 5 answers

Advice on the book publishing industry in Canada

Should I try to move from the newspaper industry to the book publishing industry? Or is this just jumping from one sinking ship to another? Canada-specific advice appreciated. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 24, 2010 - 5 answers

Presidential Photo Use for a Book Allowed? Parody Exception? for-Profit UNexception?

Using photo of the President for a "for profit" parody enterprise? Guide me, MeFi! [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 21, 2010 - 3 answers

need publisher, imagination will travel

I've recently begun work on a children's book. It is inspired by my granddaughter. I was wondering if anyone had any information on how to get a children's book published? Suggested Publishers? Also, any other information pertaining to this process, would be appreciated. ***I realize that children's books are a dime a dozen...but mine just might be spectacular ;)***
posted by gypseefire on Oct 17, 2009 - 4 answers

Paging Julia Cameron!

Published writers, how did you deal with post-sale paralysis? [more inside]
posted by mynameisluka on Jul 11, 2009 - 15 answers

index, book ..... 124460

Creating my book's own index, crazy or sensible? [more inside]
posted by jessamyn on Jun 10, 2009 - 19 answers

But why would anyone /want/ to read my livejournal?

Inspired by the Tweetbook I've decided to use Lulu to make a print version of my high school-era livejournal. How do I easily turn the XML file with all of of my entries, comments, and associated metadata into something I can print? [more inside]
posted by Newbornstranger on Apr 8, 2009 - 1 answer

Please give me some advice on self-publishing photography books.

Please give me some advice on self-publishing photography books. [more inside]
posted by willy_dilly on Mar 6, 2009 - 5 answers

Best way to promote a nonfiction book?

Calling all Mefite book authors (especially nonfiction types): what was the single most effective thing you did to promote sales? [more inside]
posted by gottabefunky on Jan 28, 2009 - 9 answers

How would one get a travel guide published?

My wife and I are looking at writing a US based (lower 48) travel guide and would like any tips possible regarding getting one published, and how to make it actually happen. [more inside]
posted by arniec on Oct 30, 2008 - 3 answers

Help me get this book out of my office and onto shelves.

I need a new name!!! I've written a book for friends and non-primary caregiver family (NOT for primary caregivers) regarding illness and death. [more inside]
posted by Sophie1 on Aug 8, 2008 - 16 answers

Can I get the publishing rights to my grandfather's book?

My grandfather wrote a successful buck in the early '40s. He passed away about ten years ago, and just recently I've gotten the urge to see if it would be possible to release the book to Project Gutenberg and also maybe do a Librivox recording. How does one go about finding out about who owns copyrights in this kind of situation?
posted by TheManChild2000 on Jul 16, 2008 - 5 answers

Managing an Anothology Project

What should I take into consideration when spearheading an anthology project? What resources are out there for us? [more inside]
posted by divabat on May 30, 2008 - 1 answer

Why wouldn't this book be published in the US first?

Why isn't the sequel to The Glass Books of the Dream Eaters out in America yet when it's already published in the UK? The UK published the first book after America did, so why would the UK publish the sequel first now? Is it even going to be published in the US? Help me, booksellers and those knowledgeable in publishing! [more inside]
posted by Locative on May 27, 2008 - 4 answers

From Blog to Book

How do I convert my blog entries and comments into a book-type format (digital or analogue) without paying too much money? [more inside]
posted by divabat on Feb 28, 2008 - 10 answers

Limited run do run run?

What connotations does 'limited run' regarding a book have? [more inside]
posted by typewriter on Feb 2, 2008 - 9 answers

Help lots of readers see my typography skills!

I designed a book for a (first time) publisher in Germany. He is looking for a (anarchist/indie/punk) book distributor in the US...or any advice around that. Can anybody help? [more inside]
posted by Brainy on Jan 3, 2008 - 13 answers

Help me help a friend cut lots of precise tiny holes

Artbook publishing help needed! Difficulty: crazy cutouts. Help me help an artistic friend save his work from admirers. [very] extended explanation follows. [more inside]
posted by Acari on Nov 21, 2007 - 14 answers

Translating a book

How do I go about translating a book? [more inside]
posted by Skyanth on Nov 13, 2007 - 4 answers

How much does the spine of a book cover affect sales?

How much does the spine of a book cover affect sales? My partner has just had a book published, but the publishers put an earlier draft cover design on by mistake. The main difference is on the spine, where the title is slightly wrong and the text placement is different making the title unreadable by anyone browsing the shelves. [more inside]
posted by quarsan on Oct 30, 2007 - 31 answers

They sell books where?

Why do book advertisements say "available wherever books are sold"? [more inside]
posted by RogerB on Oct 30, 2007 - 14 answers

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