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What is typesetting?

"Typesetting" is the publishing process of laying out text on the page ready for publication, including running heads, footers, page numbers, etc.

What is an advance?

Advances are up-front payments made by traditional publishers to authors, which are off-set against future royalties. So, an author might receive a $5,000 advance before their book is published. When the royalties start coming in, the publisher keeps ...

What to do if you're not receiving your InstantAlert (Daily Alert) emails

You should first check to see if your InstantAlerts are still switched on. To check this, go to https://www.firstwriter.com/subscriber/instantalerts/index.cgi...

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...

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 is meant by "bleed"?

When books are printed, the content is printed on large sheets of paper which are then trimmed down to size by machines. When the pages are cut, there is a tiny margin of error. This normally doesn't matter, because there is normally a sizable margin ...

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.

What are "prelims" / "front matter"?

Prelims (otherwise known as "front matter") are the preliminary pages in a book: the title page; copyright and imprint page; tables of content; foreword; etc. They are often numbered with roman numerals rather than the arabic numbers used in the rest ...

What is meant by "Youth"?

The term "Youth" on this site is used to indicate the Young Adult market.

What is an author bio / curriculum vitae (CV) / resume?

A curriculum vitae, or CV, is a brief description of you, your qualifications, and accomplishments – normally in this context in relation to writing (any previous publications, or awards, etc.), but in the case of nonfiction proposals may also i...

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