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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...

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

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 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...

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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 ...

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