Publisher’s Jargon Every Writer Should Understand


Dress for success by understanind publishing terms. Dress for success by understanding publishing terms.

On our writing journey there’s always new things to learn. Writing jargon, one of them, can be confusing. Mastering this terminology makes us a professional. Yes, a professional. You know, the self-help gurus always say: “Dress for the job you want not for the job you have.” So let’s all put on our professional writing garment by learning and using writer’s terms.

How about starting with a few terms you might find in a Market Guide or on the submission page of a website.

Assignment: A description of an article a publisher would like to run. Study the publication to get a feel for what they like, and then make your article shine. Your article could still get a thumbs down after you submit it.

On Spec: An editor likes an idea presented in a query letter and asks for the complete manuscript…

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