Terms Used in A Publishing Industry



The following lists are the common terms used in the publishing industry. The definitions listed below are the general overview of the terms and how they are often used in the industry.


Advanced Reading Copy (ARC): It is a nearly finalized pre-publication transcript of a recent material distributed to individuals who will read it before it is published.


Alpha Reader: It sees the draft first before it reaches the beta reader. Thus, they address the material of the author as a writer-reader.


Beta Reader: An individual or a group that reads a particular book that is unreleased and provides feedback (reader's perspective).


Editing: It is the method of choosing and arranging textual, photographic, visual, auditory, or cinematic material to convey a message or information by a person or organization. Editing may include correcting, condensing, organizing, and performing a variety of other changes to create a piece of work that is correct, consistent, accurate, and comprehensive.


  • Types of Editing (Content Editing, Copy Editing, Developmental Editing, Line Editing, Proofreading)


Editor: They are responsible for compiling and editing material for a publishing company or a newspaper, magazine, or other publication on management and sometimes policy-making level.


  • Types of Editor (Acquisition Editor, Associate Editor, Content Editor, Copy Editor, Critique Partner, Developmental Editor, Editor-in-Chief, Online Editor, Proofreader, Structural Editing/Substantive Editing)


Hybrid Publishing: It is a combination of the elements of traditional and self-publishing. Most of its features are similar to traditional publishing.


International Standard Book Number (ISBN): It is an international identifier for books and identifies each edition of a published book with a unique number.


Literary Agent: They serve as a liaison between writers and industry members, representing the writer and their materials.


Metadata: It refers to the information about the book. It includes the keywords, subtitle, author name, ISBN, BISAC code, author bios, reviews, date publication, and other relevant information.


Movie Screenplay: A movie screenplay is a fully fleshed-out script that movie and television producers can use as a medium of assessing if an adaptation of your book is worth producing for.


Movie Treatment: It is also known as film treatment or merely called a treatment. It is a document that provides a thorough guide that outlines how the screenwriter would adapt your book into a developed screenplay.


Query Letter: It is a formal letter written to editors of magazines, literary agencies, and occasionally to publishing companies.


Self-Publishing: The author, itself, will be the one overseeing all the duties needed in publishing a book. It includes book editing, book design up to book marketing. There is no involvement by an established publisher, and the author has full ownership of the royalties and rights.


Traditional Publishing: It offers the author a contract and, in return, publishes the author's book. They publish it and sell the author's book through retailers and booksellers.




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