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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 ...

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...

How to retrieve your login details online

To retrieve your username and / or password instantly online, please go to https://www.firstwriter.com/subscribe/help.shtml

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

Information on how to update your card details with WorldPay can be found at https://support.worldpay.com/support/shopper/kb/shoppermanagementsystem/sms5100.html...

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.

How to change your password

To change your password, go to https://www.firstwriter.com/cgi-bin/register/edit_account.cgi

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 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 are International Reply Coupons (IRCs)?

When submitting material overseas you may be required to enclose International Reply Coupons, which will enable the recipient to send a response and / or return your material at your cost. Not applicable / available in all countries, so check with you...

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...

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