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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

How can I get my 13 yo daughter's childrens book published?

My daughter is 13 yo & is a pretty good artist. She is extremely creative & she has compiled a great deal of pictures that she has drawn. What i find incredibly unique about these pictures, is that they are all of Puns... like "Running out of time" with somebody running out of a giant clock.... etc., etc., etc... Again, they are VERY unique. Every time i look at them, she's added a few, and they are all very clever. I thought it would be terrific if she could compile them together... with either captions under each, or even putting some words to them to create a short story...etc. Thereby, resulting in a book... based on these puns, the target audience would be around her age (say maybe 10 yo or so) & up. How would i go about or rather who would i contact, to present it to a publishing company? I welcome all thoughts & suggestions!
posted by foodybat on Jul 22, 2013 - 18 answers

Find this diatribe against a scientific journal's correction policy

A couple years ago I remember seeing a pretty damn hilarious itemized list of things a professor/researcher had to do to correct/update an article for publishing in a journal. It was 100 some odd items long, starting with inane requests, then veering into how some other author had disagreed with the original one and now the original had to prove it out. Research could've been related to frogs or physics+light - can't recall. I think it was on Scribd or another one of those sites that makes stuff look like a pdf/paper document. Anyone remember this?
posted by ish__ on Feb 27, 2013 - 3 answers

Best way to make publication-quality, digital images of my artwork?

I need to convert 16 pages of 14" x 17" artwork into digital images to submit to a book publisher. What is the best way to make high-quality digital copies of my artwork? [more inside]
posted by Nematoda on Jan 29, 2013 - 6 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 you get into Nature? Publish, publish, publish!

Can you recommend a good book/guide to writing scientific research papers (for publication)? [more inside]
posted by bluefly on Mar 19, 2012 - 7 answers

Help me make an idea into a book

I have a great idea for an instructional book, but I know nothing about what to do next... [more inside]
posted by palacewalls on Jan 29, 2012 - 3 answers

How much am I allowed to quote while writing nonfiction?

Writing a nonfiction book. I am a total quote whore. How much am I allowed to quote from my sources directly if I get this published? [more inside]
posted by jenfullmoon on Nov 1, 2011 - 14 answers

SmashWords vs. Smashed Publishing Market

I would like to publish a non-fiction book so weird that no agent would possibly take it. Should I self-publish? [more inside]
posted by shii on Aug 7, 2011 - 8 answers

Post-internship troubles.

Interned with publication. Didn't follow through after internship ended. How do I mend this possibly fractured relationship with my former employer? [more inside]
posted by gypsyhymns on Mar 10, 2011 - 4 answers

Crossword Publishing help

hi, i am a beginner to creating crossword puzzles (i have only created 4) but i am wondering about some strategies to try and get published. i have emailed a number of newspapers and magazines but not sure what else i can do. i know i don't have enough puzzles at the moment to start a blog and i work full time so can't really dedicate a lot of time to creating daily puzzles. does anyone have experience with publishing crosswords and any tips on how to possibly do it as a part time gig? thanks for any advice.
posted by matt755811 on Feb 15, 2011 - 2 answers

How do I publish something in a humor magazine?

How do I start a (freelance) career as a humor writer? [more inside]
posted by msk1985 on Nov 24, 2010 - 10 answers

ctrl+[key] functionality for Wordpress

I'm looking for a Greasemonkey script/Wordpress plugin that will allow me to use ctrl+s to save a post and ctrl+p to publish a post. This is for Wordpress 3.0.1, self hosted. [more inside]
posted by Solomon on Nov 13, 2010 - 4 answers

Calendar publsihing

Is it possible to publish a calendar from the Mac iCal app to Gmail account calendar? [more inside]
posted by SueDenim on Oct 6, 2010 - 7 answers

How do I copyright my blog?

How do I copyright my blog without paying a copyright fee everyday for each entry? [more inside]
posted by herbplarfegan on Jul 10, 2010 - 24 answers

Short-run DVD self-publishing UK

I'm in the UK, looking to publish a DVD of a school play on a service like lulu.com, but their shipping charges are ridiculous! Any suggestions? [more inside]
posted by bullox on Apr 8, 2010 - 2 answers

Where to publish a long eclectic philosophical and literary essay?

Where could I publish an eclectic novella-length philosophical and literary essay? [more inside]
posted by cotesdurhone on Apr 6, 2010 - 9 answers

Publish poetry/illustrations

How to publish my poetry/illustrations? [more inside]
posted by allelopath on Dec 30, 2009 - 5 answers

I need some advice about publishing my story.

Hive authors: help me publish a sci-fi story! [more inside]
posted by Salvor Hardin on Dec 2, 2009 - 26 answers

Is Scribd a good place for new writer to publish?

I am trying to figure out the best way to break into freelance writing on travel, wine, culture etc. - but having difficulty because I've never been published before. Is Scribd a good way to get exposure? And possibly earnings?
posted by suzanneo on Jun 22, 2009 - 6 answers

Help me be heard! ( Podcast style )

Is there an application that will automatically take my ready-to-publish podcasts from my local PC, and upload them to a website and publish their links to an RSS feed? [more inside]
posted by thankyoumuchly on May 27, 2009 - 4 answers

Tips for self-publishing a simple book?

I know there are many Mefi references to self-publishing, but this question is a little different. Let me explain the background: [more inside]
posted by mateuslee on Apr 27, 2009 - 7 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

Publish a post and then keep it open

Wordpress: After I hit Publish, a new blog posting is created, and eventually is saved as a draft. How can I change this behaviour so that the post I've just created is published, but that the post I just published is open, instead of a new post? [more inside]
posted by Solomon on Nov 6, 2008 - 6 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

Looking for a self publishing service provider who support storefront branding

Is there a self publishing service kind of like lulu.com but which lets you "brand" the storefront with your own stylesheet and logo? One that lets customer buy electronic copies as well as printed versions? One that you've had good experiences with? [more inside]
posted by tomwheeler on Aug 20, 2008 - 6 answers

Prayer notices in the local paper - what are they for?

I sometimes see announcements in the newspaper praising saints and listing prayers or novenas with instructions to publish the same ad in a future edition of the paper if the prayers work for you. Who places these ads? What purpose do they serve? What's the deal?
posted by lysistrata on Jul 14, 2008 - 8 answers

Where can I go to self-publish a book?

What are some places online where I can go to self-publish a book. I'm aware of lulu.com, but I'm wondering if there are some alternatives out there.
posted by Proginoskes on Mar 23, 2008 - 14 answers

Ghostwriter! Word.

I've been offered a ghostwriting gig. Help me with my expectations, please. [more inside]
posted by Ambrosia Voyeur on Feb 28, 2008 - 4 answers

Multiple blog accounts for Word 2007

Microsoft Word 2007 allows users to publish directly from Word to their blog account. I've read you can even have multiple accounts. If so, how do I set it up? [more inside]
posted by JaySunSee on Dec 31, 2007 - 1 answer

What book writing software exists for Max OSX?

What book writing software exists for Max OSX? [more inside]
posted by Chuck Cheeze on Nov 28, 2007 - 6 answers

How can I make an RSS-like feed that is publishable by the public?

How can I make an rss-like feed that is publishable by the public? Maybe there's a better way to do this, but here's what I'd like the end result to look like [more inside]
posted by itchi23 on Aug 5, 2007 - 3 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

Suggestions for software to publish DVD recordings to web

I'm currently making recordings to a DVD and am interested in inexpensive software to edit and compress the recording with the intent to publish it to the web. An easy system to learn and that is relatively fast would be best. Thanks in advance for your suggestions...Orlin
posted by orlin on Apr 27, 2007 - 4 answers

Getting a cookbook published.

I want to publish a cookbook and need some advice. [more inside]
posted by magikker on Feb 27, 2007 - 15 answers

Does self-publishing a book impact the potential for mass-market publication?

Once I've made my sci-fi novel available via Lulu.com, will it still be viable to shop around to agents and editors for potential mass-market publication? Are there factors that influence it? For example, if it sells a lot, is it considered a good buy by a publisher, or has it basically had its first run?
posted by JWright on Dec 8, 2006 - 9 answers

+book +find +help

Where should I search in order to generate a list of all/most books published (in English, for the past 20 years or so) about a particular topic? I have a feeling that using Amazon plus my local library isn't giving me comprehensive results. Is there some kind of all-libraries database? Or all books that have been issued ISBN numbers?
posted by xo on Dec 2, 2006 - 6 answers

Help us publish a board game

Help us get an original (and awesome) board game published [more inside]
posted by spiderskull on Nov 9, 2006 - 14 answers

Blogspot Barf?

A friend asked me to create a Wordpress-powered site on her newly-acquired domain, and wanted me to import all of her Blogger entries that are hosted on Blogspot. No problem! Except... [more inside]
posted by davidmsc on Oct 23, 2006 - 4 answers

Blogspot, BlogTHIS!

Why does Blogspot's "Blogthis" work fine when I click on the example link at blogspot.com 's help section, but not when placed as a link in my favorites folder? [more inside]
posted by jak68 on May 23, 2006 - 2 answers

Can I publish and still be a cheapskate?

I want to produce some books. I've read some previous questions in the archives but I'm after some more opinions, and have a few questions relating to ISBN numbers, publishing and other book-type things... [more inside]
posted by gaby on Mar 3, 2006 - 5 answers

Names changed to protect privacy?

Scenario: Linda, an author, is at a party. Linda says that she is writing a book about near-death experiences. Sarah, a guest at the party, says, "Oh, I had one!" and proceeds to recount her experience to the assembled guests. Linda finishes writing her book and includes Sarah's story in it, using Sarah's real first name and some details from Sarah's life (profession, husband's first name and profession, Sarah's religious background). Is Linda legally allowed to do this without changing Sarah's name in the published book? Did Sarah waive her right to privacy by telling the story at a party? What about Sarah's personal details, which were not revealed at the party, but known to the author because of their shared social circle? Legal citations are appreciated.
posted by xo on Jan 7, 2006 - 25 answers

How can I write a book online?

How can I write a book online? [more inside]
posted by atchafalaya on Nov 26, 2005 - 25 answers

How much money will I get for publishing a novel

Suppose I were able to write a publishable novel. How much money would I get, as a first-time author as soon as it was picked up? How much would I make over all? Assume This an action sci-fi/cyberpunk type book (think William Gibson). [more inside]
posted by delmoi on Oct 19, 2005 - 25 answers

Display my blog entries on another site?

Quick-n-dirty way to put a "teaser" latest blog entry on my homepage? [more inside]
posted by electric_counterpoint on Sep 19, 2005 - 6 answers

How to find an agent for nonfiction?

What is the best way to obtain an agent for a non-fiction book (a collection of unorthodox and engrossing interviews with innovators on the political Left, with many a-listers)? [more inside]
posted by By The Grace of God on Aug 17, 2005 - 7 answers

iCal WebDav Publishing Problems

iCal and WebDav and a PC, How Can I make them play nice? [more inside]
posted by Freen on Jul 1, 2005 - 1 answer

Stopping Email Spam

ObfuscationFilter: I know putting a unobfuscated email address on your website is a bad idea these days, mmmkay. So I was wondering how can I put my email address on my website without being spammed to hell and back.
posted by keswick on Aug 15, 2004 - 15 answers

How hard is it to publish and produce your own book?

How hard is it to publish and produce your own book? Do you know of any small run press situations where you can vouch for the quality? Someone suggested CafePress, but it seems dubious and probably not much better than a copy center like Kinkos.
posted by agregoli on Dec 17, 2003 - 13 answers

How do I automatically post my changing IP address?

I need to find a way to automatically post my IP address somewhere. The address changes periodically and I have to consistently reach services on a particular machine. The trouble is that the machine is behind a broadband router, and it's the router's address that's I need to publish. Anyone know of a tool or trick for this? I'm running WinXP Pro.
posted by Songdog on Dec 15, 2003 - 15 answers

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