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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...

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 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 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 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...

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 meant by "Youth"?

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

What is meant by "Academic"?

Listings on this site are marked as targeting the academic market only if they deal with material of an academic nature: e.g. academic theses, scientific papers, etc.

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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