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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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What is meant by "unagented"?

An unagented submission is one which is not submitted through a literary agent. If a publisher accepts unagented submissions then you can approach them directly.

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 ...

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