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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 ...

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

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What is meant by "bleed"?

When books are printed, the content is printed on large sheets of paper which are then trimmed down to size by machines. When the pages are cut, there is a tiny margin of error. This normally doesn't matter, because there is normally a sizable margin ...

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.

What does "RoW" mean?

RoW means "Rest of World".

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What does "agented" mean?

An agented submission is one which is submitted by a literary agent. If a publisher accepts only agented submissions then you will need a literary agent to submit the work on your behalf.

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