Glossary

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Agent: see “Literary Agent”

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The “Big Five” Publishers: Approximately 60%[10] of English-language books are produced through the “Big Five” publishing houses:Penguin Random House, Hachette, HarperCollins, Simon & Schuster and Macmillan. (See also: List of English-language book publishing companies) (Source: Wikipedia)

Blurb: a short promotional piece accompanying a creative work. It may be written by the author or publisher or quote praise from others. (Source: Wikipedia)

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Independent Publisher – See “Indie Publisher”

Indie Publisher – The terms “small press”, “indie publisher”, and “independent press” are often used interchangeably, with “independent press” defined as publishers that are not part of large conglomerates or multinational corporations. Defined this way, these presses make up approximately half of the market share of the book publishing industry.[2] Many small presses rely on specialization in genre fiction, poetry, or limited-edition books or magazines, but there are also thousands that focus on niche non-fiction markets. (Source: Wikipedia)

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Literary agent – (often synonymous with “publishing agent”) a literary agent is an agent who represents writers and their written works to publishers,theatrical producers, film producers and film studios, and assists in the sale and deal negotiation of the same. Literary agents most often represent novelists, screenwriters and non-fiction writers. They are paid a fixed percentage (usually twenty percent on foreign sales and ten to fifteen percent for domestic sales)[1] of the proceeds of sales they negotiate on behalf of their clients. (Source: Wikipedia)

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Publishing- the process of production and dissemination of literature,music, or information — the activity of making information available to the general public[…]Traditionally, the term refers to the distribution of printed works such as books (the “book trade”) and newspapers. Publishing includes the stages of the development, acquisition, copy editing, graphic design, production – printing(and its electronic equivalents), and marketing and distribution of […] literary works. (Source: Wikipedia)

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Self-publishing – the publication of any book or other media by its author, without the involvement of an established third-partypublisher. A self-published physical book is said to be privately printed. The author is responsible for and in control of the entire process, including, in the case of a book, the design of the cover and interior, formats, price, distribution, marketing and public relations. The authors can do it all themselves or outsource all or part of the process to companies that offer these services. It is not limited to physical books. E-books, pamphlets, sales brochures, websites, and other materials are commonly self-published. (Source: Wikipedia)

Small press– see Indie Publisher

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