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Publishing Glossary A curated list of the industry terms and phrases aspiring and professional writers need to know

Language is power, and to that end we at The Editorial Department have come up with a glossary of commonly-used terms and abbreviations in the book publishing industry. This is a quick, handy guide (in no particular order) to many of the terms that writers will come across during all stages of editing and publishing. Enjoy and learn!

General Publishing Terms

Copyright: the “right to copy”, or reproduce, intellectual property; original writing is copyrighted the instant it is created with no additional action […]

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Let’s Hear It for the Little Guy! When it comes to literary agencies, bigger isn’t always better

Your manuscript is finally finished. It’s been revised, agonized over, critiqued, and revised again. It’s ready to take the next step. It’s ready for an agent. And because you want nothing but the best for your manuscript, you know you’ve got to find the best agent possible. The biggest name, the top seller, the power player. Right?

Well, not necessarily. Many superstar agents are great at what they do – that’s how they became superstars, after all – but they’re not the […]

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Query Do, Query Don’t Ten tips literary agent Kate Johnson wants you to remember

I’ve recently worked through a post-holiday backlog of submissions, and stumbled on some recurring themes and – naturally – some recurring pet peeves. Agents are as diverse in their taste for query letters as they are in their tastes for reading material, so please know my advice comes from personal preference. But I hope these rules will have some universal application for how, when, and why you should contact to an agent. A little work can go a long way to […]

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Common Language, Different Rules Literary Agent Kate Johnson compares and contrasts the U.S. and U.K. book markets

When I relocated part-time to the UK last year, there were many mysteries to figure out: Why so many tea breaks, and how does one brew it in the Orwell fashion? Where does one find canned pumpkin come Thanksgiving? What’s a knees-up, and what does it mean to get trolleyed there? I’m still as baffled as Bill Bryson, but at least have had the opportunity to learn a lot more about the publishing scene over […]

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A View From The Trenches Literary Agent Lucas Hunt reflects on the state of the today traditional publishing market and what authors need to know to be successful

If you want to publish today, your work must be impeccable. Whether you have a novel manuscript that has been slaved over for years, or are an expert in your field with a non-fiction book proposal, the case is the same. Your writing must be in the best shape possible to win the attention of an agent. The current state of the market demands that your work be practically ready to pitch to book editors.

This is not to say that an […]

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Mainstream Publishers and the Acquisition of Successful Self-Published Titles

How interested are mainstream publishers in buying successful self-published books? I don’t mean hugely successful titles (Hugh Howey’s stuff, say), but books that have racked up impressive sales. And how many sales does it take to get a traditional publisher’s attention?

This is a hard question to answer because I truly think it’s different for every scenario. But when I see that a book has already been self-published, I assume that the author has already attempted to get it traditionally published and […]

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