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What is "trim size"?

Trim size is the page size for a published book.

What is a TOC?

A TOC is a table of contents. These are often requested as part of nonfiction proposals.

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 "Adult"?

In publishing, "adult" simply refers to books that are aimed at adults, as opposed to books that are aimed at children, or young adults, etc. It is not a euphemism for pornographic or erotic content. Nor does it necessarily refer to content which is u...

What to do if you haven't received the account activation email

Sometimes, email service providers misidentify our activation emails as SPAM, and don't deliver them. ...

What is meant by "Youth"?

The term "Youth" on this site is used to indicate the Young Adult market.

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.

What is meant by "Academic"?

Listings on this site are marked as targeting the academic market only if they deal with material of an academic nature: e.g. academic theses, scientific papers, etc.

How to apply for a refund

Most payments to firstwriter.com (such as competition entry fees and subscription fees) are non-refundable...

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...

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