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!

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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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Industry News: Key Sites and Newsletters to Follow

I’ve had some folks ask what my favorite newsletters and websites are, so here we go! This is only a partial list of many, but these are all great places to learn more about all things book publishing.

GENERAL NEWS & INFO

Writer’s Digest: A go-to site for any writing, editing, or publishing question.

Book Business: Topical book news with a very helpful “Insight” newsletter.

Publishers Weekly: I recommend subscribing to their free newsletters. They contain tons of publishing details, from recent deals to big events and even job postings in the field.  Continue reading