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What to do if you haven't received the account activation email

Sometimes, email service providers misidentify our activation emails as SPAM, and don't deliver them. ...

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...

What is meant by "gutter" in publishing?

The gutter is the inside margin of a printed book. It is called the gutter because books do not lay flat when they are opened: the pages have to bend out from the spine. This creates a "gutter" where the two pages join.

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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...

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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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