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Do I need a literary agent? A contract lawyer? NOW? How do I find one?

I sent my novel manuscript to a reputable small press and, to my delight, got an offer! But then I received the proposed contract, and it has a number of provisions that are making me unwilling to sign it as is. What should I do? How do I do it? [more inside]
posted by kyrademon on Aug 22, 2016 - 10 answers

Solution for matching citations to bibliography

I need to be able to match in text citations to reference list(s) and back again in very large documents (1000+ pages) WITHOUT the use of referencing software like Endnote*. I'd like to automate this as much as possible. [more inside]
posted by b33j on Jul 31, 2016 - 13 answers

Reprint contracts for SFF zine - anyone got some boilerplate?

I'm publishing a SFF zine. I need advice on REPRINT contracts for short stories and art. [more inside]
posted by aperturescientist on Jul 28, 2016 - 1 answer

Should I attend a Writer's Digest conference, or something else?

I just retired from teaching and am resuming writing. I had an agent and had two books published (F/SF, mainstream publisher) twenty years ago, but my agent died and I'm basically starting from scratch. The Writer's Digest conference in August in NYC looks okay. Is it worth going? Or should I do something else first? [more inside]
posted by Peach on Jul 7, 2016 - 7 answers

Who do I address my query to?

So, I finally wrote a novel and I'm ready to start looking for an agent. I found this via twitter, and the agent looks like a good fit for my book. The submission guidelines at her agency say "Please mail submissions to the attention of ETHAN ELLENBERG". [more inside]
posted by notbuddha on Jun 23, 2016 - 5 answers

I want to write a family history book but MS Word isn't cutting it...

I have 30 years of family history research, documentation, photos, interviews, notes - I also have a bunch of info between my ears that I never got around to writing down. Funds are tight right now, so paying someone to write a book for me isn't going to happen. I need recommendations (as in, you've done this) for software, open source is best, which will help me organize and publish my family history as an ebook, with the option to pay a publisher some day for hard copies.
posted by brownrd on Jun 20, 2016 - 23 answers

Information about the history of poetry publishing

I would like to study the history of the business of poetry publishing. Where should I look? [more inside]
posted by Potomac Avenue on Jun 15, 2016 - 8 answers

more publishers east or west of the Mississippi?

I'm looking for some confirmation either proving or disproving my theory that there are more publishing companies east of the Mississippi than west. [more inside]
posted by lyssabee on Jun 11, 2016 - 2 answers

Merging several documents into once document in Word 2010

I'm helping a friend format an edited volume for submission to the publisher. I have 12 chapters, each with different formatting. I need to put them all into one document, in order, and remove all the formatting quirks from chapters 2-12 so that they match the formatting of chapter 1. Is this possible? [more inside]
posted by still bill on Jun 10, 2016 - 7 answers

Self-publishing an ebook for fun

I have written a book which I would like to self-pub as an ebook. But I don't necessarily want to sell it. [more inside]
posted by not that girl on May 10, 2016 - 3 answers

door number one? door number two??

I was all set to attend a coding bootcamp, but my employer is pulling out all the stops to keep me from leaving. I have to give them an answer by Monday and I don’t know what I’m going to do. Help me? [more inside]
posted by naturalnumbers on Apr 30, 2016 - 21 answers

Anonymously publishing erotica on Amazon

I'm a writer, I've written some erotica that's been well-received in small forums, and I'd like to self-publish it on Amazon. However, it doesn't fit with my "brand" of my more mainstream writing, so I'd like to do so under a pseudonym with a reasonable firewall. Can you give me advice or tips or direction on where to find more information? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Apr 25, 2016 - 4 answers

What's the name of this magazine layout technique?

This is an example of what I'm talking about. What's that thing called? [more inside]
posted by pdinnen on Apr 20, 2016 - 10 answers

Why publish so many comics?

Why do the Big Two publish so many comics? Why not have a smaller amount of titles monthly? [more inside]
posted by kittensofthenight on Mar 28, 2016 - 9 answers

Formatting question for producing an e-book on Amazon

I'm turning my manuscript into an e=book and putting it on Amazon. The regular text is fine, but I have some columns with text in them, which makes those pages too wide to fit on the very narrow screen of an e-reader. [more inside]
posted by DMelanogaster on Feb 27, 2016 - 8 answers

Career Change Filter: From Scholarly Publishing to ?

Publishing is in its death throes, and I REALLY need a new industry to work in. But which? Details inside . . . [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Feb 13, 2016 - 9 answers

Primary factors impacting academic citations?

Hi, so I'm a newcomer to citation analysis. Can you recommend some good literature starting points for learning about factors that impact citation rates of journal articles and monographs? I have heard anecdotally that the institution from which an author comes and the journal title itself have significant impact, but I'd like to gain some well-supported insights into what factors have been demonstrated to affect citation rates. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Feb 13, 2016 - 1 answer

Help finding a venue for a series of essays

I've come up with a series of essays, one a week. Unfortunately, I stopped writing 5 years ago so I'm unsure how I should proceed finding a platform for these essays. [more inside]
posted by miss-lapin on Feb 11, 2016 - 4 answers

How to Submit to Book Publishers?

One of my closet relatives has self-published a book and now has revisited with hopes of submission to book agents. Aside from being a really interesting and good story, he is flummoxed by the plethora of requirements agents require (synopsis page, sample page, query letters, no attachements etc). He has used OpenOffice to create and is looking for software to help make agent submissions? Any ideas? More Inside the fold! [more inside]
posted by Funmonkey1 on Jan 26, 2016 - 9 answers

Transitioning to a Career in Editing/Publishing?

I recently graduated with a Ph.D. in English (with a focus on a national literature in a specific time period), and am considering transitioning from an academic career to one in publishing/editing. Should I? If so, how? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 22, 2016 - 9 answers

A publisher wants my book. How to pay the bills while I write it?

A publisher is interested in my unfinished book manuscript, and has asked for an estimated completion date. I’d love nothing more than to finish writing it. But my financial situation is precarious, and I haven’t been able to find a day job that will leave me with enough time and energy to write. Plus, I’m facing a rent increase in April that may cost me my home if I don’t find another source of income soon. What should I do? [more inside]
posted by velvet winter on Jan 21, 2016 - 47 answers

How to negotiate terms and salary for an editor-in-chief position?

For most of my adult working life, I've been a freelance writer and editor. The economic downturn hit me really hard, and I spent 4-5 years with the majority of my income coming from low-paying jobs outside my field, and I struggled financially. This has caused me some feelings of shame that I'm not "adulting right," and impostor syndrome. But I've been offered a great opportunity. I want to play my cards right. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 18, 2016 - 9 answers

The Pleasures and Pitfalls of Pint-Sized Presses

I have my fourth novel coming out as an author. As with the others before it, it is being published through a small press. What is the line between what comes with the territory of having a small outfit and what is unacceptable? Too many details inside, mushy-grimy snowflakes. [more inside]
posted by dances_with_sneetches on Jan 14, 2016 - 5 answers

Ready to Publish, but Seeking Help with Specifics

I think I'm ready to publish some of my poems through one of two avenues, (still open to suggestions though), but I need some "what-would-you-do-in-my-shoes" type of advice about which step to take first. On the one hand, there is a great self-publishing resource offered through McNally Jackson Books' Espresso Book Machine that will print a limited run of actual books for me. On the other hand, I wonder if I can hedge my bets to get people to actually read my poems by trying to publish in a journal first. [more inside]
posted by Krazor on Dec 20, 2015 - 4 answers

Turning fanfiction into an original work

If one decided to publish a work of fanfiction as an original work, what sort of protections would be necessary? I'm thinking of publishing a fanfiction work by changing names and places associated with the source material to original names, but are those the only protections I should be taking? [more inside]
posted by Roentgen on Dec 16, 2015 - 9 answers

Academic editing service recommendations?

Can anyone recommend a good editing service for academic journal articles (in the humanities)? The article in question is around 9000 words and has already passed peer review and had a number of edits for style at the request of the journal but they are asking for it to be edited again. [more inside]
posted by tomcooke on Dec 4, 2015 - 5 answers

He ain't Big, he's my Brother

Bank transfer by Stripe asking for my passport number? [more inside]
posted by Mike Mongo on Nov 17, 2015 - 9 answers

Publishing industry burnout. Where do I go from here?

I have no idea what I want to be when I grow up. Difficulty level: self-employment for the past decade, entrepreneur, 40something female. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 29, 2015 - 10 answers

My Job is Stressing Me Out. Help Me Survive It.

I work in digital publishing, mostly doing email newsletters, and the pressure and workload keep cranking up. I'm looking for something else, but I need help surviving in the interim. [more inside]
posted by SansPoint on Sep 28, 2015 - 17 answers

Launching EBook on Amazon Kindle. Help Me Cross the I's and Dot the T's

My ebook is being launched next Wednesday. I am also going to piggyback my first book on top of this launch. It will be free through KindleSelect and readers can by 2 for 1 for two days. [more inside]
posted by goalyeehah on Sep 8, 2015 - 1 answer

Microsoft Word, I am breaking up with you

After several years writing markup in a text editor, I find myself doing some work further up the editorial chain, where the tool of choice is Word. I hate it. [more inside]
posted by libraryhead on Sep 4, 2015 - 11 answers

Advice about submitting short story collections to publishers?

Should one query publishers individually or simultaneously about short story collections? Does no mention of submission status on publisher websites mean "we're closed to subs at this time?" I've read tons of opinions about novel, short story, or article subs, but little about submitting/querying for collections, other than "you should probably wait until you have a novel." In my niche, many authors publish collections with small or large presses before a novel, if they write novels at all. [more inside]
posted by cupcakeninja on Aug 24, 2015 - 3 answers

Revise and resubmit?

Academic-filter. You submit a 10000-word manuscript to a relatively prestigious history journal and several months later you get four (mixed) peer review responses (one very positive, one reject outright, and two "this could be a major contribution to the field, but it needs to be substantially rewritten and reframed to be publishable in X Journal"), accompanied by an invitation from the journal editor to "revise and resubmit." What do you do? [more inside]
posted by Sonny Jim on Aug 21, 2015 - 24 answers

How much is customary to pay for a celebrity book foreword?

I am in contact with a celebrity who seems willing to write a foreword for my book. His agent has asked about our budget for the foreword...what is customary? [more inside]
posted by arniec on Aug 17, 2015 - 6 answers

How can I print and bind a document in a way that is gift-worthy?

I am looking for a pretty/creative way to print/publish/bind a document to give to my friends as a gift. [more inside]
posted by trixie119 on Aug 17, 2015 - 6 answers

Written a book... now what?

I've written fiction all my life, but never done anything with it. I've always been content with that. However I am currently finishing up a more ambitious project and for the first time ever, I am wondering whether to seek an agent, self-publish, or release the story online free. Seeking feedback from writers of Metafilter. [more inside]
posted by Ziggy500 on Aug 7, 2015 - 19 answers

best on-site desktop training program?

What's the best on-site program for learning InDesign, Photoshop, and Illustrator basics in an integrated way? Maybe a weeklong event with a lot of individual attention to leaners? [more inside]
posted by manos_frias on Jul 14, 2015 - 3 answers

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

Starting over in your 50s

My friend is looking to change careers and hopefully move into the nonprofit world. Is a career change possible at her age? What should she be doing? What types of positions should she be looking for? She's in her 50s and has a legal background. She can practice law and formerly worked in legal publishing, but she hasn't worked in law for decades. She's spent the last decade or so as an analyst at a financial company.
posted by topoisomerase on May 27, 2015 - 8 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 - 19 answers

negative roman numerals? fractions? imaginary numbers?

Weird pagesetting question: I'm writing an introduction for the reprint of a book that already has a preface (and will be getting a NEW preface for the new edition). We want to retain the original pagination for the reprint. [more inside]
posted by gerryblog on Apr 27, 2015 - 10 answers

Un-solicited original music

How can I get my original music published? What companies will take UN-solicited original music? [more inside]
posted by rapport1951 on Apr 26, 2015 - 4 answers

I am not a writer but need to create a manual

Help I know what I want to say, have it in text files. But I am not a writer! I need to write a small book / manual to support a training that I am putting together. [more inside]
posted by Mac-Expert on Apr 1, 2015 - 10 answers

How much to self-publish?

Is this a dishonest way to raise money? [more inside]
posted by mermayd on Mar 12, 2015 - 22 answers

Best medium to start a "platform" for my self-help book?

I just finished a self-help book. I'm reading that I need a "platform" that prospective agents can see -- to show that I'm "out there" making a name for myself as a writer on this subject. I would like some opinions about where I should create this "platform." [more inside]
posted by DMelanogaster on Mar 2, 2015 - 12 answers

Keeping a site free but setting up donations

I manage my writer friend's site where he puts up (not otherwise published) longform articles for free. Film criticism, fiction and articles about literature and philosophy, close to 500 entries. Due to his ethics he is against marketing or monetising and only now after some years we are investigating donations (definitely not monetising). Is this feasible, and how do I not get this wrong? [more inside]
posted by yoHighness on Feb 19, 2015 - 11 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

Should I self-publish my poetry book?

I am a well-published poet in journals but have no books out yet. The manuscript I’ve been circulating since 2011 has come very close, though, and has been a finalist in a number of prize contests held by some of the bigger small presses. Almost all of the poems in it have been published individually, and a handful have been nominated for Pushcart Prizes. I had been committed to the idea of one of those small presses but am now thinking of self-publishing. More inside. [more inside]
posted by mermaidcafe on Jan 24, 2015 - 11 answers

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