A List of Publishing Terms
I made this list (yeah, another list) of all the publishing terms I know. Most of them are pretty basic. If you have anything to add to this list please feel free to comment.
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Advance- An advance payment that an author gets when a publisher decides to publish their work.
Agent - A person who will represent your book and helps you get it published. An author never pays an agent—they get a percentage of your book earnings.
Book Proposal- A proposal that an author sends to a publisher about their book. It usually includes the first few chapters and an outline.
Contract- A contract that basically says that the publisher has permission to publish the sell your book.
Copy Editing- Editing that focuses on grammar, spelling, punctuation, etc.)
Copyright - Legal rights that an author’s work can not be reproduced without their consent.
Critique- A critique is an evaluation of your manuscript on plot, character, and overall structure.
Development Editor- The development author works with the author on revisions. They pay attention to pacing, plot, and structure.
Draft- An manuscript that is in the process of being edited until it becomes a final draft.
Editorial Board- A group of people who decide that they will publish your book. People from the sales and marketing department are a part of the editorial board.
Manuscript- Another word for your book. It’s also called MS, and MSS.
Proofreading - The final copy of your manuscript, that cleans up any noticeable errors before it get printed.
Query Letter- A letter that is sent to an agent asking for representation.
Revisions- Changes made to the manuscript, usually they are big changes.
Slush Pile- Manuscript that a publishing house receives that are unsolicited and not represented by an agent. Those books get put in a big pile of manuscripts called the slush pile.
Submissions- A manuscript sent by an agent to a publisher.
If one of these are wrong, or if you have anything to add please feel free to comment. :)