Posted by: rebeccae | May 5, 2010

Publishing is not Complex: Ten Terms to Help You

When I write about publishing, I do find a lot of writers seem to think that publishing is a bit complex, but these days it is not, a complex thing.  So ten Basic publishing words and a bit of the meaning are listed below.

Trim Size:  When some publisher will refer to trim size of a book what they are referring to are measurements of a book.  Which means that a book that is 6″ by 9″ is in fact 6 by 9 inches.  There are some standard sizes for example a paperback novel will have a different trim size than a hardbound book.  these measurements can vary but it is the final size of any book.

Traditional Publishers:  This is a simple one, a traditional publisher is the one who does at all for you, and will not charge your fee, they will give an advance.  Radom House is a prime example of a traditional publisher

Vanity Press:  These are the companies who charge you to publish your book with them, the prices range from low about $200 all the way to $20,000.  Often you will see packages for these companies, and you will be required to use their ISBN, so these are not considered to be true self-publishing companies.  A good Example of a Vanity Press would be: AuthorHouse

Self-Publishing:  This is the do it yourself method, you edit, you market, you publish your book.  You will use your own editor, and you will use your own ISBN, which means that the book is created and published by you.

ISBN: This is the terms for the numbers on the back of the book, called International Standard Book Number or for short ISBN.  This is the way that people who buy your book will know what sort of book they are buying.  This has anywhere between ten and thirteen digits.  This follows a specific system so that you can find out who the publisher is by understanding these numbers.

By-Line:  This is who wrote the book, or the name of the author.  People will say I have a book in my name, but they can also say the ny-line of this book  is mine.

Copyrights:  This is usually found inside the book, a copyright protects the author of the manuscript or book from people who will copy their books.  Depending on the country copyrights last many years after the death of the author.

Manuscript:  This is the original typed or handwritten version of the book.  In other words this is the 81/2 by 11 inches sheets of paper from where the book originated.  Some writers will say I am sending out my book, the more correct term is a manuscript.  A manuscript can go through several drafts.

Typeface:  This is also known as font, so if something is writing in “Times New Roman” this can also be referred to typeface.  It can also mean the way a book is published, by using raised lettering to print a page.

Page Count:  This is somewhat easy to envision, but it refers to all of the pages in the book including the blank pages which are found in a book.  So if a book has a 700 pages count this does not mean that it is the number of pages of written material that is found within the book.

This terms help make publishing easier, but planning is one of the most important things that writers can do to make their publishing experience easier.



  1. […] who own Trafford, AuthorHouse, Xlibris and IUniverse.  I have also gone over a list of ten terms on publishing which will be […]

    • The parent company of IUniverse, AuthorHouse, Xlibris and Traford is Author Solutions.

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