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What does manuscript / ms / mss mean?

Your complete piece of work – be it a novel, short story, or article, etc. – will be referred to as your manuscript. Commonly abbreviated to "ms" (singular) or "mss" (plural).

What are rectos and versos?

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

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...

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.

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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...

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

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