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Questions tagged [publishing]

Publishing is the occupation or activity of preparing and issuing books, journals, and other material for sale.

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What's the target audience of Discworld and how was it pitched for a publishing house?

I'm not in the publishing area, but recently I've been reading up on middle grade and YA literature and the importance of target audiences, etc and then I started wondering about the Discworld series. ...
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Why did a security guide become a tour guide in Artemis Fowl: the Eternity Code?

The edition of Artemis Fowl: the Eternity Code on Google Books, a 2014 collection of books 1–4 of the series by Penguin, reads at a certain point: Juliet had put on her best cutesy voice for the ...
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Has anyone from DAW or Mercedes Lackey discussed the incorrect summary on her book The Hills Have Spies (2018)?

I just started reading Mercedes Lackey's new Valdemar novel The Hills Have Spies. I read the first chapter or two, then was using the dust jacket as a bookmark and happened to read the summary there. ...
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How to find books that your favourite author has endored or “blurbed”? [closed]

Is there some way to search online, for what books someone has endorsed with a blurb? A service, website (amazon, goodreads) or perhaps some clever google query construction or DDG-fu to search ...
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Why was Hitchhiker's Guide censored?

Douglas Adams' American publishers forced him to change some of the text in Life, the Universe and Everything: "Asshole" became "kneebiter", "shit" became "swut", and most bizarre and hilarious of ...
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Reason for differences in Princess and the Goblin editions

This review on Amazon.com by Laustic notes that there are two editions of George MacDonald's The Princess and the Goblin. The original edition contains italicized interruptions to the story, ...
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What scenes are significantly altered between the British and American versions of Harry Potter?

Recently, a question was asked about a scene in Chamber of Secrets that was significantly different in the British version and the American version. British: "We're stuck, right? And we've got to ...
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Is it true that Suzanne Collins was forced to add a love triangle to the Hunger Games?

TV Tropes states that Collins' publishers forced her to change Gale from Katniss's cousin to a love interest. I've heard this before in different places but sometimes the facts are slightly different. ...
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What do the Footnotes in Gene Wolfe's 'The Urth of the New Sun' refer to?

I just finished reading Gene Wolfe's 'The Urth of the New Sun'. Several times throughout the book, I noticed at the bottom of the page what appears to be a footnote reference. It looked like this: ...
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Why was the book ‘Web’, by John Wyndham, published ten years after his death?

John Wyndham — the author of Day of the Triffids amongst others — died in 1969. Ten years after his death his estate allowed the novella Web to be published for the first time along with a couple of ...
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Did Tolkien change LOTR when the publisher made it a trilogy?

It's well known that Tolkien intended for Lord of the Rings to be a single volume, but the publisher insisted on making it a trilogy because of the practical factors involved in publishing such a ...
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One stop solution to stay up to date with new releases in SF & F

I don't have a bookstore nearby that carries a good selection of SF & F, so I do all my reading shopping online. Problem is, I don't know what there is to buy. Where do you guys find out about ...
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How have authors integrated fanfic into their canon?

How have authors integrated fanfic into their canon? Eric Flint's 1632 / Assiti Shards universe includes material that was originally developed as fanfic (he strongly encourages fanfics and promotes ...
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What is the original publisher of Terry Goodkind's book Debt of Bones?

I would like to know the original publisher of the hardcover book Debt of Bones by Terry Goodkind? I am trying to find it online and all I can find is Gallancz as a publisher.
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Looking for copies of “Analog Science Fiction & Fact” [closed]

What are good sources for specific back issues of publications like Analog? I've already looked in the normal places (Amazon, Google, etc.) but I suspect I'm going to need to search some kind of ...
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Looking for any biographical info on Terence Haile, author of Space Train

We're looking for biographical information about Terence Haile, the author of the science-fiction book "The Space Train". It's a very bad book, but we are trying to clear the copyright to turn it into ...
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What is the difference, historically, between Unfinished Tales and The History of Middle-earth?

Tolkien's Unfinished Tales and History of Middle-earth are both collections of incomplete works edited by Christopher Tolkien, and cover many of the same topics. UT was published shortly before the ...
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Was Eric Flint's 1632 the only SF&F work/universe where fan fiction is considered canon? [closed]

I know at least one big universe where the creator officially includes works that would ordinarily be considered fan fiction as canon (as in he actually took the best of fan fics, edited them, and on ...
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What is the status of Omnitopia: East Wind by Diane Duane?

The sequel to Omnitopia: Dawn, released in 2010, East Wind is listed on Amazon as having a release date of August 2, 2011, but says "usually ships within 1 to 2 months" and no one seems to have ...
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What published metrics are there on how sci-fi is doing as a genre in the publishing business?

I've heard that sci-fi is on the wane as a genre. Are there numbers to reassure me that sci-fi isn't going the way of Westerns/Cowboy books?