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Can a pen name protect me from legal repercussions in writing a personal nonfiction book based on previous petty crimes?

Can a pen name protect me from legal repercussions in writing a personal nonfiction book based on previous petty crimes? [more inside]
posted by kleenkat on Apr 7, 2010 - 8 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

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

What technology allows multiple editors/contributors to build a publication? Bonus points if middle school kids can do it!

What [free] technology allows multiple editors/contributors to build a publication? Bonus points if middle school kids can do it! [more inside]
posted by jander03 on Apr 5, 2010 - 7 answers

small press book awards?

What can you tell me about these book awards? Are they legit? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Apr 3, 2010 - 8 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

how to slice a pie

Music publishing structure for songs with multiple authors? [more inside]
posted by chaff on Mar 16, 2010 - 5 answers

want to be 90% paperless

I need suggestions for a way to move my organization's paper journal to an electronic publication. [more inside]
posted by cgk on Mar 13, 2010 - 3 answers

Publishing Old Pics & Old Toys?

[Copyright/Publishing Filter] Old toy & Vintage Photograph I'd like to include for kicks in a book to be published - is this legal? [more inside]
posted by 2003girl on Mar 6, 2010 - 4 answers

What the hell is a "glass wall"?

Job posting at a news publication requires "sensitivity to the 'glass wall' between editorial and commercial." What are they talking about? [more inside]
posted by thebazilist on Feb 23, 2010 - 6 answers

How much to translate a book from English to Spanish?

How would I find the going rate for translating a published book from English to Spanish? [more inside]
posted by mneekadon on Feb 17, 2010 - 5 answers

I'm in a mid-twenties rut, get me out of here!

I'm in a mid-twenties rut. Please help me think of activities, classes, or organizations in NYC I can partake in to get me active and motivated! [more inside]
posted by jamnbread on Feb 6, 2010 - 13 answers

A pub[lishing] quiz

I am looking for journals and periodicals that would be appropriate for submitting interdisciplinary articles in the humanities. [more inside]
posted by crazylegs on Feb 6, 2010 - 5 answers

How bad is shipping a book with errors?

A book I edited shipped with significant errors because of my negligence. How bad is it? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Feb 5, 2010 - 14 answers

Acceptable use of recent historical figures in fiction

Can I publish my fiction about a deceased historic public figure without fear of action from his estate? [more inside]
posted by IndigoSkye on Feb 2, 2010 - 5 answers

No Reply re: short story status! What next?

How do I query literary periodicals about "disappeared" short stories? [more inside]
posted by uans on Jan 22, 2010 - 11 answers

When and where should I publish my poetry?

When should I start looking to publish my poetry, and where should I publish? [more inside]
posted by Lizsterr on Jan 16, 2010 - 4 answers

Help me publish an academic journal.

I want to start an academic journal. Can I you offer some advice? [more inside]
posted by wellsaid on Jan 12, 2010 - 19 answers

Downsides of Scribus for Windows?

What are the downsides of using Scribus for Windows for my desktop-published magazine? [more inside]
posted by teracloth on Jan 12, 2010 - 6 answers

How do I publish biography?

How does one successfully publish biography? I'm fascinated by the life of a certain (long-since-dead) American political figure and it appears that he has not yet been given a full treatment by historians. I'm not an academic or a journalist - just a lawyer under the delusion that he can do a good job at something like this.
posted by Saucy Intruder on Dec 28, 2009 - 6 answers

Query, propose, publish.

I want the best resources to help me write a nonfiction book proposal. [more inside]
posted by Ouisch on Dec 22, 2009 - 3 answers

Online publishing for poetry chapbook

Looking to self-publish a small poetry chapbook. Anybody got recommendations for online sites that will do this for me? I am looking to have hard copies I can sell at readings, rather than have people order from the Web.
posted by Astro Zombie on Dec 17, 2009 - 7 answers

Interacting with university presses at a huge conference to our mutual benefit

I'm an author, and I have a great job helping my fellow faculty members publish their books with university presses. Through this job I visit presses one-on-one sometimes, but that is expensive and involves major travel. A huge conference is coming up with 20 of our target presses in attendance, each at a booth. What is the best way to contact them pre-conference to arrange intelligent, mutually meaningful interaction? Should I write to the directors themselves, or is there a more grassroots way to poll university press staffs to get a feel for who wants to meet and discuss their take on scholarly publishing? And what's in this for them, other than the fact that my university is reasonably high on the prestige scale? Any other benefit to them?
posted by anonyme on Dec 8, 2009 - 4 answers

Library and indie bookstore acquisitions help

Library and indie bookstore acquisitions -- help? Tell me how new titles are chosen and if this plan might work. [more inside]
posted by bitter-girl.com on Dec 2, 2009 - 16 answers

This sounds really familiar...

How do authors ensure that they aren't copying older stories? [more inside]
posted by amicamentis on Nov 30, 2009 - 15 answers

How to take a blog from online to book format?

My goddaughter passed away three years ago at 19. She has an online blog (which I host) with about 4 years of entries. Is there a way to take all that text and drop it down into a program so we can print it out easily (almost in book form)? Or is the best way to cut and paste into a word doc and then put it all together? [more inside]
posted by Mysticalchick on Nov 29, 2009 - 10 answers

What are some good resources about digital publishing?

What are some good places to get information about digital publishing? [more inside]
posted by jonathanstrange on Nov 25, 2009 - 3 answers

Which publishing tool should I use for topic-based blogging?

What tool should I use for publishing extended thoughts that I want to link to from Twitter? I'd like something topic-based, with tagging, that lives in the cloud? Does such a thing exist? [more inside]
posted by diogenes on Nov 18, 2009 - 11 answers

I see a blog post in your future

Do I have the right to transcribe and publish a recording of a psychic reading (I was the client)? [more inside]
posted by arcticwoman on Nov 16, 2009 - 14 answers

Small press. No, not THAT small.

As a writer trying to press into the next stage of my career, how can I emphasize in my publishing history that "small press" isn't always a euphemism for "vanity press"? [more inside]
posted by 256 on Nov 11, 2009 - 17 answers

Volunteer editing

Where can I get volunteer editing experience in the Portland, OR area, or via the internet? [more inside]
posted by Caduceus on Nov 3, 2009 - 4 answers

Where can I publish old literary crit essays that are burning a hole in my pocket?

Where can I publish some old literary crit essays that are burning a hole in my pocket? [more inside]
posted by duncecap on Nov 1, 2009 - 6 answers

Innovative Book Designs

Innovative Books: I am looking to compile a list of the most innovative uses of the book format. Books that break the mould in their layout and design, perhaps books that use online systems to extend their content value or push their form into new places. I am most interested in narrative and theory, but any book that is interesting (artist books etc.) would be really appreciated. [more inside]
posted by 0bvious on Nov 1, 2009 - 29 answers

In 1988, invented the Oscillation Overthruster while an intern for Team Banzai.

What happens if somebody lies in an obituary? [more inside]
posted by Shepherd on Oct 30, 2009 - 10 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

Help me price my (amateur) photography

Photography pros: I've been approached by an editor who wants to publish my photos, and he asked me for my rates. I never sold a photo before. How do I price them? [more inside]
posted by AnyGuelmann on Oct 13, 2009 - 12 answers

Copyright filter

Copyright filter: Do publishers of books like Richistan, Microtrends and The Ascent of Money—all of which use stories from newspapers, magazines and wire services as source material—have to pay the periodicals for the use of their material? Thanks!
posted by quidividi on Oct 12, 2009 - 2 answers

What's a seven-letter word for "disseminate"?

I've taken a huge step into the dark side of dorkdom, and I've begun writing my own crosswords. Mostly for fun, mostly to see if I could actually do it. Turns out I can. Now, how can I go about getting these published somewhere? Online, magazines, newspapers--I really have no idea how to start. Suggestions?
posted by John of Michigan on Oct 10, 2009 - 5 answers

Publishing a book on rivethead culture

I want to write and publish a book on the industrial music scene from a feminist perspective. I’m a decent writer, but I have no photography, graphic design, marketing, or publishing experience, and no industry connections. Where do I start? [more inside]
posted by velvet winter on Oct 3, 2009 - 8 answers

Canadian webpages to print pages

Can you name any published Canadian bloggers? [more inside]
posted by ashputtel on Sep 28, 2009 - 34 answers

I wrote a book... but I only had a copy for me...

I have this amazing idea for a book that has never been done before and will sell like hotcakes. (No, seriously!) But I have absolutely no idea where to start. What do I do? [more inside]
posted by Madamina on Sep 25, 2009 - 11 answers

Becoming a writer during my gap "year"

I have savings and, soon, no work. I want to do something interesting, write about it, and publish - ideally to kick-start a writing career. How should I go about these 3 things? [more inside]
posted by jeatsy on Sep 8, 2009 - 14 answers

Help me write a professional short story cover letter.

Short story cover letters: How do I indicate I have actually read the journal I am submitting to , or do I do so, at all? I am a Canadian who wants to publish short fiction in the far larger market in the U.S. Every literary journal’s submission guidelines urge you to read at least one copy of their magazine before submitting. [more inside]
posted by uans on Sep 8, 2009 - 16 answers

Want to write a biography

I've fallen in love with a certain older British character actor and want to write his biography...where do I begin? [more inside]
posted by frosty_hut on Sep 4, 2009 - 5 answers

I've got a design for a board game. Now what?

I've got what I think is a really great idea for a board game. Now what? [more inside]
posted by jbickers on Sep 2, 2009 - 13 answers

1. JD 2. ??? 3. Publishing Career!

PublishingCareer Filter: So, I'm getting my JD in May. Would applying for jobs in publishing be a worthwhile supplement to my job search? [more inside]
posted by ailouros08 on Aug 28, 2009 - 8 answers

Can literary journals ask for a reading fee?

There is a literary journal currently asking for a $1 "handling fee" to fast-track submitted stories. Is this okay? What really, is the point of asking for a dollar?
posted by uans on Aug 22, 2009 - 20 answers

the portable ...

christopher hitchens' edited the portable atheist is probably the most current book which by using the word "portable" purports that it is an essential reader in condensed format. but there are so many other titles which use "the portable such-and-such". how and when did this tradition start? [more inside]
posted by sardonicsmile on Aug 20, 2009 - 4 answers

Am I doing this write?

In writing a research book, how far along should I be before approaching publishers, agents, etc? Help needed to get my nonfiction pop culture centric book into bookstores [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 3, 2009 - 7 answers

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