Glossary

The publishing world can be full of words and phrases that not everyone understands, so here’s a glossary in case you’re unsure.

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Active voice

Adjective

Adult

Advanced Reader Copies (ARCs)

Adverb

Age Range

Agency

Alliteration

Allusion

Anachronism

Antagonist

Anthropomorphism

Anti-Hero / Anti-Heroine

Antithesis

Archetype

Assonance

Audience

Your audience is your intended readership, i.e. who you want to read your book. Different factors come into play when deciding on your audience, such as Genre, Demographic and Age Range.


Authors

That’s you! An author is someone who has created a piece of writing–usually a novel or a series–regardless of its state of publication.




Beta Readers

Blurb

Book




Chapter Books

Chapter Breakdown

Character

Characterisation

Chronicles

Clause

Cliff-Hanger

Climax

Comic Relief

Conjunction

Context

Copyright

Copywriter




Definite Article


Demographic


Dependent Clause


Deuteragonist


Developmental Editor


Dialect


Dialogue


Did-Not-Finish (DNF)


Dilemma


Draft


Dramatic Irony


Duology




E-Books


Editor


Epilogue




Fiction


First Person


Flash Fiction


Foil


Foreshadowing


Format




Genre


Grammar




Hardback


Hero / Heroine


“High” Genres


Homage




Indefinite Article


Independent Clause


Intellectual Property


Interjection


Irony




Juxtaposition




Kid Lit




LGBTQ+

Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer and everyone else (including Intersex, Asexual, Ally, Pansexual, Agender, Gender Queer, Bigender, Gender Variant and Pangender).


Limited

A type of POV. A ‘Limited’ POV is one that …

Limited POVs can be used in conjunction with First Person, Second Person and Third Person.


Literary Agent




Magical Realism


Main Character / Characters


Manuscript


Metaphor


Middle Grade


Minor Characters




Narrative


Nemesis


New Adult


Non-Fiction


Nouns


Novel


Novelette


Novella


Nuance




Omniscient


One Line


Onomatopoeia




Paperback


Paradox


Parody


Passive Voice


Picture Books


Pitch


Plagiarism


Platform


Plot


Plot Devices


Plot Twist


Poetry


Point of View (POV)


Prepositions


Prologue


Proof


Proofreader


Prose


Protagonist


Publisher


Publishing Contract


Punctuation


Purple Prose




Query


Query Letter




Redraft


Review


Reviewers


Rights


Royalties




Second Person


Secondary Characters


Self-Fulfilling Prophecy


Self-Publishing


Sensitivity Readers


Sentence


Sentence Fragment


Series


Short Story


Simile


Standalone


Stereotype


Story


Story Structure


Submission


Subplot


Subtext


Suspense


Symbolism


Synopsis


Syntax




Tension


Tertiary Characters


Themes


Third Person


Tone


Traditional Publishing


Trilogy


Trope




“Urban” Genres




Vanity Press


Verbs


Villain


Voice




Work-in-Progress (WIP)




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Young Adult




Zoomorphic


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