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Jargon in publishing! Key terms in the publishing industry!

If you're not familiar with the publishing industry, it can be perplexing. You may come across some terms that you are unfamiliar with, so here is a handy guide to publishing jargon!




Who will be reading your book is referred to as the audience.


The contract you signed at the start of your publishing journey.


Book distributors will distribute your book to customers and bookstores. Wholesalers are extremely similar.


The team that decides which books to publish is known as the commissioning editor. You most likely spoke with them prior to signing the book contract you have with us. Managers are frequently confused. Before signing a book deal, the editorial only deals with authors and books.


Paperback, eBooks, and audiobooks, for example, are formats.


The genre of your book, such as romance, biography, and so on.


House style - A set of rules governing what spellings and writing styles must be used when producing documents for a specific company.


ISBN: International Standard Book Number: a series of numbers used to identify a specific book and distinguish it from others.


Jacket: A book jacket is the cover of your book.


Royalties are payments made to authors based on the sale of their books.


Sale or return: An arrangement in which a retailer pays only for goods sold and returns unsold goods to the wholesaler or manufacturer, also abbreviated to S or R.


Track Changes: Word's Track Changes function allows you to keep track of changes made to a document.


Verso: A left-hand page near the front or back of an open book that often contains copyright, year of print, the ISBN, and other important information.


Wholesalers: See the distributor definition above.

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