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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...

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 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...

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

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 does "RoW" mean?

RoW means "Rest of World".

How to change your password

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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 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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