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What is a "colophon"?

A colophon is a publisher's emblem, or logo, as it appears on the title page or spine of a book.

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What is a TOC?

A TOC is a table of contents. These are often requested as part of nonfiction proposals.

What is a proposal?

A proposal is normally requested for nonfiction projects (where the book may not yet have been completed, or even begun). Proposals can consist of a number of components, such as an outline, table of contents, CV, marketing information, etc. but the e...

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When you have a firstwriter.com account you can save certain data on the website, such as notes, reminders, and saved searches, etc...

What is DPI?

"DPI" means "Dots Per Inch", and tells you how finely defined a picture is. For professional printing, an image needs to be 300 DPI.

What is a synopsis?

A synopsis is a short outline of your story. This should cover all the main characters and events, including the ending. It is not the kind of "teaser" found on a book's back cover. The length of synopsis required can vary, but is generally between on...

What does "agented" mean?

An agented submission is one which is submitted by a literary agent. If a publisher accepts only agented submissions then you will need a literary agent to submit the work on your behalf.

What is meant by "Adult"?

In publishing, "adult" simply refers to books that are aimed at adults, as opposed to books that are aimed at children, or young adults, etc. It is not a euphemism for pornographic or erotic content. Nor does it necessarily refer to content which is u...

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If you run a competition for writers, or a magazine publishing writers' work, then you can get free firstwriter.com vouchers worth $15 / £10 / €15 to reward your successful submitters. These can be used as prizes for competitions, or reward...

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