A literary agent works with traditional publishing houses and helps writers get their stories published and sold in bookshops or online.
An assignment (or content commissioning) is an expression used when delegating content creation in exchange for a fee.
Author copies are copies of a book given by the publisher to the author free of charge. In the contract between the author and publisher
Average Word Count
Average word count refers to the length of a book and, more precisely, the number of words typical for a specific genre.
A backlist is a publisher's books that are still in print but have been on the market for at least a year. This is opposed to newly-published titles, which are known as the frontlist.
The back matter of a book refers to the sections or elements that appear at the end of the book after the main content (or the body of the book)
Bimonthly refers to a periodical produced twice a month or every two months. Yes, it has both meanings, and yes, the memes you may have accidentally stumbled across are correct.
A blurb is a short book description found on the back cover. It's meant to engage the reader through a short, catchy text that is descriptive, informative, and intriguing.
A book advance represents the sum of money an author is paid in advance by the publisher to have the necessary funding to finalize their work.
In publishing terms, category is a broad term that refers to general aspects of the book's audience and content. Categories are shelf headings that orient the library readers
A byline is a short line placed between the headline and the body text telling the author’s name. This is mainly related to magazine and article publishing.
BISAC codes, developed by the Book Industry Study Group, help categorize books. They are part of your book’s metadata and tell retailers, libraries, sellers, buyers, and search engines
Book design refers to the cover art and the book's layout. Each of them is very important for the success of the book. The cover attracts the reader's attention, but the layout is what keeps them engaged while reading.
A chapbook is a small publication, referred to as a pamphlet in the UK, that typically contains poems, ballads, stories, or religious tracts, and is usually no more than 40 pages long.
Circulation is the average number of copies of a publication per publishing day. The circulation figures can differ from the copies sold, called paid circulation because not all readers buy a copy to read it.
Comp titles, also known as comparison titles, are similar books in content to the one you are writing. It can also mean they're comparable in expected sale rates.
Copyright is a type of intellectual property that protects original works such as books, poems, blog posts, movies, architectural works, plays, musical compositions, etc.,
Co-publishing is an agreement where an author and a (usually small) publisher share a book's publication costs and profits.
Copy editing is the final step in the writing process before publication. Copy editing means improving the text to be coherent while maintaining
The manuscript critique service is a general assessment of your manuscript regarding plot, characters, and style. This service is performed by highly experienced, published authors or professionals
A description summarizes a book's content to give readers a glimpse into what the book is about. Some authors place the description on
Book distributors work with publishers and sell titles directly to retailers, bookstores, and libraries.
A book editor is responsible for the quality of the manuscript by checking the words, punctuation, grammar, and overall story.
An elevator pitch is a teaser of your book that convinces people to publish or buy it. But there’s a trick: an elevator pitch needs to be very short
An exclusive is a situation where an author or agent makes an offer to a particular publishing house before sending the manuscript to anyone else.
Fair use refers to the possibility of limited use of copyrighted material, but only in some instances, such as for criticism, parody, news reporting, research, or teaching.
Refers to in-depth, comprehensive content typically encountered in a magazine, newspaper, or online platform. Distinguished from news articles or opinion pieces....
Film rights allow a person from the film industry to turn a book into a movie. Those rights are sold by the agent or author of the book.
Foreign Rights represent the right to publish a book in its original language but in countries other than that in which the book was originally published.
Front matter refers to pages or sections that appear at the beginning of a book before the main content. It includes various elements that provide essential information about the book.
A genre refers to a category of literature that determines what an author writes and how they write it. Book genres describe the style...
A ghostwriter is a person hired to write a book that will be published under another author. They can also work as freelancers who write blog posts...
A high-concept story is a clear, easy-to-communicate premise that makes the book effortless to pitch. High-concept books have stories that rely on a concept or main idea rather than a style.
The term hi-lo stands for high interest with a lower reading level and refers to books that engage the readers through simple vocabulary, short chapters, and captivating plots.
Hybrid publishing is a type of business model that helps indies cover some of the publishing costs. Authors pay an upfront fee to a hybrid press that publishes...
An imprint refers to a brand or trade name under which a publisher releases a specific category or line of books.
An independent press, known as an indie press or small press, is a publishing house that operates...
In book publishing, a joint contract is an agreement between a publisher and two or more authors to collaborate on a book project.
Keywords are the words that describe the content of a book. They are part of the book description, which is part of the book metadata.
Lead time refers to the period between an editor's acquisition of a manuscript and its actual publication.
A log line is a concise, attention-grabbing summary of a story, typically composed of one or two sentences.
A marketing fee is a cost that some agents may charge to cover the expenses associated with marketing and promoting a book.
A mass-market book is a type of book that is typically produced in large quantities cheaply. They can be found in bookstores as well as retail outlets such as drugstores, supermarkets, newsstands, and airports.
A memoir is autobiographical writing that focuses on a specific period or theme of a person's life. It explores the author's memories...
Metadata refers to the information about your book used by online stores, bookstores, and readers. It includes the author's name, title, subtitle...
Midlist is a term used in the publishing industry to describe books that fall between bestsellers and lesser-known titles.
A model release is a legal document that grants permission to use a person's features in photographs, videos, or other materials.
Multiple submissions refer to submitting a creative work, such as a manuscript, article, or short story, to more than one publisher.
Narrative nonfiction is a literary genre that blends the factual elements of nonfiction writing with the storytelling techniques of fiction.
A novella is a written work of fiction that falls between a short story and a novel in terms of length and complexity.
On Spec Manuscript
An "on spec" manuscript refers to a written work that an author has completed without a guaranteed publishing contract or prior agreement with a publisher.
A pen name, also known as a pseudonym or a nom de plume, is a fictitious name used by an author to conceal their real identity when publishing a written work.
A picture book is designed primarily for young children, typically aged between 2 and 8 years old. Picture books use illustrations to tell a story
Proofreading is the process of checking for errors in a text before being published. It is the very last stage in text reviewing before publishing.
A proposal is a comprehensive summary of a proposed book, typically submitted to a publisher for consideration.
Also referred to as an author or license agreement, a publishing agreement is a contract that becomes active once a work is published.
A query letter is meant to convince an agent or editor to read and publish your work. You can send query letters when your manuscript is finalized or when you have just the book's premise
Remainders refer to book copies that experience sluggish sales and can be procured from the publisher at a discounted rate.
Reporting time refers to the duration it takes for an editor to respond to an author's query or manuscript submission.
Book royalties are how you’re paid as a published author. A royalty rate is a percentage you’d get for every copy sold based on the retail price of the book.
A self-addressed, stamped envelope (SASE) is an envelope provided by a sender, which includes their address and postage.
Self-publishing is the process of publishing a book by the author without the involvement of a traditional publishing house or company.
A short-short or microfiction, is a form of storytelling that has gained popularity in recent years. These brief but impactful tales typically range from 100 to 1,500 words.
A sidebar is a short text in a book, newspaper, or magazine that complements the main text. Some sidebars may include images, charts, or other graphic elements.
A subagent is working closely with literary agents, authors, and foreign publishers to facilitate the sale of foreign and translation rights for books.
A summary is a concise, informative overview of a piece of content, be it a book, article, or report, Often used in promotional materials, reviews...
Table of Contents
A table of contents (TOC) lists the chapters, sections, or other major divisions of a written work, along with their respective page numbers.
A tearsheet is a page or set of pages taken from a printed publication, such as a magazine or newspaper, which features an author's work, an advertisement, or an article.
Unique Selling Proposition
A Unique Selling Proposition (USP) refers to a book or author's distinctive feature or benefit that sets it apart from other books or authors in the same genre or category.
Vanity Press is a publishing model in which an author pays to have their work published rather than having a traditional publishing house finance and handle the publication process.
Work for Hire
Work for hire is a type of agreement in which an author is hired to create a book, article, or other written material in exchange for a flat fee.
Young Adult Literature
Young Adult (YA) is a literature genre for teenagers and young adults, typically between the ages of 12 to 18.
A zine is a self-published work intended for small circulation featuring original works or texts, usually reproduced by a copy machine.