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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 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 a "colophon"?

A colophon is a publisher's emblem, or logo, as it appears on the title page or spine of a book.

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 retrieve your login details online

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How to change your password

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

How to recover saved data from an old account

When you have a firstwriter.com account you can save certain data on the website, such as notes, reminders, and saved searches, etc...

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 does "RoW" mean?

RoW means "Rest of World".

What is an advance?

Advances are up-front payments made by traditional publishers to authors, which are off-set against future royalties. So, an author might receive a $5,000 advance before their book is published. When the royalties start coming in, the publisher keeps ...

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