Necessary Words for Writers: What Do Those Agents and Editors Mean?

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Abbott Press, Nov 8, 2012 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 330 pages
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From A to Z—acquisition editor to zap fiction—Necessary Words for Writers provides a thorough reference guide that defines and describesthe words and vocabulary most often used in the publishing industry.Like a one-on-one, writer-to-writer conversation, author Donna Lee Andersonmakes sense of this jargon-filled world.

Synopsis, outline, query, red line, blue line, and deadline may be common words in the English language, but they have certain, distinct meanings in the sometimes-complicated publishing arena. Necessary Words for Writers serves to demystify the terms to help writers better communicate with professional editors, agents, and publishers. From queries to manuscripts, this reference will help writers more easily negotiate in the publishing industry.

Advance Praise for Necessary Words for Writers

“At last! A reference book that puts all the Necessary Words for Writers in one place!”

—Janelle Meraz Hooper, author

Necessary Words for Writers is the essential guide for writers wishing to learn the lingo of the business. In simple, direct language, D. L. Anderson explains the vocabulary associated with each step along the road to publication and gives specific examples to provide additional clarification of unusual and confusing terms.”

—KK Brees, author of Headwind: The Intrepid Adventures of OSS Agent Katrin Nissen

“I think there may be even a few veteran writers who may need to refresh their understanding of these terms ... including me!”

—Rob Jacques, tech writer and teacher

 

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Contents

ARTICLE
14
AUTOGRAPHING
18
BACKLIST
20
BIBLIOGRAPY
25
BLOG
28
BLUELINE COPY
29
BOOK
33
BOOK DISTRIBUTOR
34
HEROHEROINE
143
HOOK
145
ILLUSTRATED
146
ILLUSTRATORS
147
INTERVIEW
150
ISBN
153
ISSN
155
JOURNALING
156

BOOK DOCTOR
35
BOOK LIST
36
BOOK PACKAGER
37
BOOK RETURNS
40
BOOKSELLERS
41
BOOKS IN PRINT
42
BREVITY
43
BUSINESS CARDS
44
BYLINE
45
CHAP BOOKS
47
CHARACTER DEVELOPMENT
48
CHARACTERS
49
CHIC LITCHICK FICTION
50
CHILDRENS BOOKS
51
CINE LIT
53
CLIPS
54
COFFEE TABLE BOOKS
55
COLUMNISTCOLUMN
56
COMMENTS
57
COMMERCIAL FICTION
58
COMPARISONS
59
COMPUTER SOFTWARE and PROGRAMS
60
CONCEPT
61
CONFERENCE
62
CONFLICT
63
CONTEST
66
CONTRACT
67
CONTRIBUTORS COPY
68
COPUBLISHING
69
COPY EDITOR
70
COUGAR LIT
73
COZY MYSTERY
77
CRASH WRITING
78
CREDITS
80
DEADLINES
84
DIALOGUE
85
EDITEDITING
91
EDITOR
93
EDITORIAL CALENDAR
94
ENDORSEMENT
96
EPILOGUE
97
F G COPY
100
FACTOID
102
FICTION
106
FLASHBACKS
108
FONT
110
FOOT NOTE
112
FORMAT
114
FORWARD
115
FREELANCE
116
FRESH VOICE
117
FRONT LIST
118
GHOST WRITER
133
GRAY LIT
135
GUIDELINES
137
GUY LIT
138
HARD COPY
140
JOURNALIST
157
KISS THEROY
158
LAD LIT
159
LEADDREKWALKOFF
160
LEAD TIME
161
LIBEL
162
LIKEBOOK COMPARISONS
163
LIMITED EDITONS
164
LINE SPACING
165
LITERARY FICTION
166
MAINSTREAM FICTION
167
MANUSCRIPT
168
MARGINS
169
MARKETINGMARKETING PLAN
170
MASSMARKET BOOKS
171
MAST HEAD
172
MODEL RELEASE
175
MULTIFACETED
177
NARRATIVE NONFICTION
181
NETWORKING
182
NEW EYES
183
NEWSLETTER for writers
184
NICHE MARKET
185
NOIR FICTION
186
NONFICTION
187
NOVELLA
189
Online
191
ONEDIMENSIONAL
192
ONEONONE
193
OUTLINE
195
OVERVIEW
198
PAGE NUMBERS
199
Paragraphs
201
PARTS OF A STORY
202
PITCH SLAM
206
PLOT AND PLOT DEVELOPMENT
209
PLOTLINE
210
POD Print on Demand
211
POETRY
213
POINT OF VIEW
215
PREAMBLE
217
PRESENTER
222
PROJECT
226
PROTAGONIST
230
PUBLIC DOMAIN
232
PUBLISHED
233
PUBLISHER Conventional and Subsidy
234
PUNCH LINE
235
PURPLE PROSE
236
QUIRKY FICTION
239
QUOTE
240
READINGS
242
REJECTION LETTER
244
SALEABLE
259
SCRIPT
261
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About the author (2012)

Donna Lee Anderson, a teacher, holds memoir-writing workshops, writes an ongoing column for the local newspaper, presents writers’ workshops, and has published articles in the Pacific NW Writers Association newsletter. She is also the author of IMJUSTCURIOUS. Anderson lives near Seattle, Washington.

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