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What are rectos and versos?

"Recto" and "verso" are the publishing terms for right and left-hand pages in a printed book.

What is a "frontispiece"?

A frontispiece is an illustration on the reverse of the half title page in the prelims of a book, facing the title page.

What is an unsolicited mss?

An unsolicited mss is a manuscript which has not been requested. Many agents and publishers will not accept unsolicited mss, but this does not necessarily mean they are closed to approaches – many will prefer to receive a short query in the firs...

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What is a query?

Many agents and publishers will prefer to receive a query in the first instance, rather than your full manuscript. A query will typically consist of a cover letter accompanied by a synopsis and/or sample chapter(s). Specific requirements will vary, ho...

What does it mean if an agent is only accepting submissions by recommendation?

If an agent is only accepting approaches by recommendation this means that they will only consider your work if it comes with a recommendation from an established professional in the industry. If you want to approach such an agency then a good startin...

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What is a simultaneous submission?

A simultaneous submission is one which is sent to more than one market at the same time. Normally you will be sending your work to numerous different magazines, agents, and publishers at the same time, but some demand the right to consider it exclusiv...

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