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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.

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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 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 ...

What is an author bio / curriculum vitae (CV) / resume?

A curriculum vitae, or CV, is a brief description of you, your qualifications, and accomplishments – normally in this context in relation to writing (any previous publications, or awards, etc.), but in the case of nonfiction proposals may also i...

What is "trim size"?

Trim size is the page size for a published book.

What is a proposal?

A proposal is normally requested for nonfiction projects (where the book may not yet have been completed, or even begun). Proposals can consist of a number of components, such as an outline, table of contents, CV, marketing information, etc. but the e...

What is meant by "Professional"?

Listings on this site are marked as targeting the professional market if they publish material serving a particular profession: e.g. legal journals, medical journals, etc.

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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