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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 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 a TOC?

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

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...

How to get free subscription vouchers to use as prizes / rewards in your competition / magazine

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...

What to do it your payment is failing

If your payment is failing then the easiest way of resolving the matter is usually to simply wait till your account closes, and then re-open it at https://www.firstwriter.com/subscribe...

How to update your credit or debit card details (PayPal)

To update your payment details with PayPal please go to the PayPal website and log into your account. ...

What is meant by "Professional"?

Listings on this site are marked as targeting the professional market if they publish material serving a particular profession: e.g. legal journals, medical journals, etc.

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...

What is an SAE / SASE / Stamped Addressed Envelope?

When submitting to magazines, agents, and publishers by post they will often require you to provide them with a means of replying to you at your cost (and without them having to even write your name and address out!). They will therefore request you i...

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