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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.

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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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