Acknowledgments 1)Recognition or honor given to people who have influenced the book being published or who have made a difference in the life of the author. 2) Section of a book containing such recognition.
Back Matter (End Matter (EM, em) Counterpart of front matter. Any material, such as appendixes, notes, references, glossary or index, coming after the chapters of a book
To bleed means to extend outside the normal trim area of a book's page. A bleed is a bar, illustration, rule or other element that extends outside the trim area. Such elements have ink that is visible on the edge of the page in the bound book.
A blog is an online journal (a shortened form of Web log). Blogging is writing in one's blog.
Person who edits the content (subject matter) of a book in addition to its form (sentence structure). A content editor often recommends substantive corrections to a manuscript, such as those affecting presentation, veracity, relevance and so forth.
Copyeditor (CE, Copy Editor)
Person who edits or redacts copy (manuscript material) submitted by an author. Such editing has the goal of correcting grammar irregularities and inconsistencies and of correcting punctuation, spelling, usage and style.
Copyright (Copyright Page, Copyright Notice)
Ownership of intellectual property such as printed matter, protected by law. The right to copy, repurpose or publish
Aesthetic layout on the covers of a book, usually intended to be attractive or alluring to the eye.ontent of the copyrighted medium.
Design (Book and Cover)
Layout, selection of font and font size and typesetting of a book. See Cover Design.
Company, group or individual who sells products or services to retailers instead of to consumers.
1) Process by which a design team lays out a manuscript to create book pages. 2) Text effect applied to characters to make them appear bold, italic, sheared or otherwise.
Person contracted by an author or publisher to write or cowrite a book. A ghostwriter's work often goes uncredited upon publication.
Refers to images (which may originally have been represented in color) that are composed only of black and white and the gray shades in-between.
Book that has cloth material glued to a type of pasteboard material, forming a durable cover and spine. Reference books and lending library books are often bound in this way.
Pictures, diagrams, figures and other graphical items that appear within the contents of a book.
International Standard Book Number (ISBN)
Unique 13-digit number (10 or 13 digits prior to 2007) that identifies a version of a book.
Important word or phrase that is input to conduct searches on online search engines and databases to find all related results.
Person who functions as intermediary for an author in transactions with the publisher.
Point in the printing process when a publication is ready to be printed.
Complete version of a book (often as an electronic text file) as prepared by the author. The term manuscript refers to both textual and graphic elements of the book. Editors and authors make preproduction book alterations to the manuscript. The finalized manuscript is used to produce a set of book pages.
Promotional and advertising efforts to sell books
Expanding one's social network or sphere of influence by initiating mutually advantageous new relationships with people.
Term referring to a specialized target market characterized by a particular interest, topic or subject. Niches are usually potentially profitable, but depend an inordinate amount on the loyalty of the audience to whom it is catering.
Legal agreement in which the publisher does not exercise exclusive rights over the materials published in the author's book.
Online Bookseller (Online Retailer)
Bookstore on the Web that sells books and other publications to the customer at retail or discounted prices.
Advertising, selling or dispensing products through the Internet.
Printed out typeset material that looks just like the final book pages. In page proofs figures and other displays are where they will appear in the final book. Page proofs contain running heads and page numbers, and can be used for indexing.
PDF (Portable Document Format)
Adobe Systems file format that can be precisely reproduced on different systems. PDF files are often sent to a printer.
1) Agreement from a copyright holder that permits the reproduction or publication of copyrighted material. 2) Process of securing agreements from copyright holder.
Flow or succession of actions in a story.
Audio broadcast available on the Web to the public for free downloading to a personal computer or a digital audio player. Despite its name, a podcast may be played through a variety of digital audio software and hardware. Use is not limited to the iPod brand products developed by Apple.
Point of View
Story's narrative style. A style in which the author is first-person (tells the story as a character using "I"), third-person (portrays the feelings, thoughts and ideas of one character, but is not actually involved in the story) or omniscient (an uninvolved third-person perspective that knows everything about the characters involved and can share all things with the reader).
Publishing arrangement in which books are printed only as orders are placed.
Final PDF files of a book that have been flight-checked and are ready to go to the printer. See also PDF (Portable Document File).
Readthrough of typeset material to ensure that content matches the book's manuscript. Incorrect grammar, punctuation, spelling or usage, is queried to the editor.
Official date when a book is to be released to the public.
Professional who promotes a book, often by generating free advertising. A press agent.
Return on Investment (ROI)
Amount of profit made after investment costs and other costs have been recouped.
Book returned to and refunded by the publisher after failing to sell on the bookstore shelf. Only the front covers of mass-market paperbacks need be returned to qualify for the refund.
Professional book reviewer's published opinion of a particular book in a periodical or online.
Payment to a book's author that is usually a percentage of sales revenue.
System of book production in which the author generally assumes the financial risk of publication. The self-publishing model circumvents the need for an author to contract with a publishing house to ensure publication of the book. A self-published book is also usually distributed and marketed by its author. See also Subsidy Publishing; Supported Self-Publishing.
Concise, one-page document (resembling a flyer or brochure more than a press release) that provides details about a book.
Rights acquired by a publisher for resale, translation into foreign languages and other reuse of a book's content.
A subsidy publisher shares publishing costs with the author. The publisher typically markets the book through retailers. An author must bear at least some of the cost of copyediting, typesetting, proofreading, indexing and printing the book. Some subsidy publishers require an author to purchase a large number of copies of the book to cover the costs of its initial publication. Compare Self-Publishing; Supported Self-Publishing.
Method of self-publishing, through which an author has access to many of the services found in a traditional publishing house (e.g., editorial services, marketing copywriters, Internet sales) provided through an upfront cost or available à la carte. Compare Self-Publishing; Subsidy Publishing.
Table of Contents
This section, always called "Contents," appears in the book's front matter. It lists the book's chapters and their opening page numbers.
Specific group of people whom a book, series or genre targets. Book marketing tends to be concentrated on the target audience.
Seminar, lecture or speech broadcast on television and sometimes on the Internet.
Trade (Mainstream, Traditional Publishing)
Traditional way of publishing a book in which an author must find a literary agent or a publisher willing to review the manuscript.
Final physical dimensions of a book page after the book is bound and trimmed.
Formatting a book on a computer so as to result in the desired layout, font and appearance on a printed page.
Manuscript sent to a publisher who did not request it.
Move file(s) from a computer to a server, network or the Internet. Move file(s) from a diskette, CD or memory stick to a computer. Up implies moving to a larger device. Compare Download.
Vanity Press (Vanity Publisher)
Publisher who publishes books financed solely by their authors. The author sometimes retains the copyright.
Virtual Book Tour (VBT)
Advertisement strategy centered on publicizing a book on the Internet, including ads on Web sites that the target audience frequents and book give-aways.
Seminar broadcast on the Web. Like normal seminars, webinars are interactive.
Company, group or individual who purchases high volumes of books from a publisher at deep discounts and sells them to retailers at midlevel discount.
Word of Mouth
Free advertising for a book after its release through satisfied readers who recommend the book to others. The consumer base creates a buzz that in turn creates publicity.