Publishing Terms A – Z

For those of you wondering about all the acronyms and lingo used in the publishing world, here are more than 60 popular publishing terms and definitions. I trust you already know your hardcovers from your paperbacks, so be prepared to learn some real publishing jargon. Have a word you want defined? Ask away in the comments section!


Acquisition: When a book is selected for publication by an editor.

Advance: The money paid to an author before the book goes on sale. It is called an advance because it is an advance against royalties…authors have to earn out the value of their advance before they can start earning royalties.

Agent: A representative of an author who wears many hats: editor, life coach, contract manager, deal broker, and more.

ALA: American Library Association

ARC: Advance Reader Copy, or an early proof of the book for readers and reviewers.


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The Almighty Book Review: How to Get Reviews and Where to Get Them

If you are sending your book—a galley or ARC (Advance Reader Copy), if you’ve planned well—off to be reviewed, you are saying to yourself and the world of book critics that you’re ready for attention. You package up your book, your press release, a list of endorsements, and a cover letter, and you hope for the best. But how can you get reviews when you’re a self or indie publisher and you’re competing against authors with a whole PR team behind them?

First, plan ahead. Get your book in top form and create strongly written and designed materials to accompany it (for a reviewer’s checklist, see the sidebar). Second, target your reviewer market. Look for publications or websites that focus on your subject matter, whether it’s paranormal YA romance or the history of a third world country. You’ll be much more successful if you don’t waste time or money trying to get reviews from people who won’t be interested.  Continue reading