Glossary

copyeditor

A grammar and spelling guru who is responsible for making sure books do not have typos, geographical errors, or dangling modifiers. Works on the detail of a book, ensuring accuracy and completeness and preparing it for typesetting. 

Not to be confused with Editors.

copyright

The right of an author, artist, publisher etc to retain ownership of works and to produce or contract others to produce copies. In 1996, the full term of copyright was brought in line with the USA throughout the European Union, to 70 years (previously 50 years in the UK) from the end of the year in which the author died.

distributor

The company that gets books from a publisher to bookstores, libraries, worldwide, etc. (see "wholesaler" for differentiation)

editing

Editing in general.

One or more editors work with the author’s manuscript, in terms of content as well as grammar, punctuation and spelling.

Not to be confused with a (Title) Editor who has a different job.

format

the shape of a book defined by its height and depth.

Trade Paperback, is a format

imprint

The name of the publisher under which a title is issued. Nowadays term represents a publishing brand rather than a publishing company in its own right. 

Acharya Publishing is an imprint (a brand) of Wayist Publishing

indemnity

In a publishing contract a publisher requires the author to indemnify the publisher against losses sustained due to a breach in the author's warranty (see also "warranty").

If the author, for example, plagiarizes someone or doesn't clear their permissions properly the author is on the hook and publisher is indemnified. Libel and slander are serious matters considered in indemnity warranties.

manuscript

an author's text that has not yet been published.

"preparing the final manuscript"

recto

the back of a page in a book, thus the left-hand page of an opening in left-to-right reading books. The other side of the recto page/leaf, is the front or verso side.

royalties

The amount that royalty earning authors receive on every net copy sold of their book (less returns, commissions, etc.). Royalties are either based on the cover price of a book or on the net amount received by the publisher. An author does not receive royalty payments from a publisher until their advance has earned out (in other words, the advance has been 'earned' or covered).

scheduling

A timetable is set up for each title. Included in the schedule are things like the authors' deadlines, when the text is handed off to others to do their jobs, when the artist must complete the cover designs, when the printer will create the books, and when the catalog copy must be ready, when pre-launch marketing starts, when in-print marketing starts, and the marketing campaign in general. Several players and teams are involved in the schedule.

Title

A Title refers to a particular edition of a work identified by a version, edition, ISBN and other characteristics. We plan everything around a Title.

Not to be confused by the title of a book, chapter, etc.

verso

the front of a page in a book, thus the right-hand page of an opening in left-to-right reading books. The other side of the page/leaf, is the recto side, thus the back of the verso.

warranty

The part of a publishing contract where the author swears that they are not plagiarizing anyone, are not committing libel or slander, etc.

wholesaler

A supplier holds stock of titles and sells to booksellers. Booksellers buy from the publisher in quantity or single copy. Unsold books are returned to publisher, and losses deducted from the total income / expense account upon which royalties are based.

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