I’m Jolie Taylor, and today I will be giving you twenty terms you need to know as you enter the writing world.
Beta Reader- someone who reads your book before it is published and gives you feedback.
Critique Partner- a writer who helps you with literary elements in your book before submitting it to publication.
Manuscript- what a novel is called before it is published.
YA- stands for young adult and is a category of teen literature for roughly ages 12-18.
MG- stands for middle grade and it means a book that is made for ages 8-12.
PB- stands for picture book.
Slush- manuscripts or query letters sent to a publisher of books that will probably not be published.
Platform- the way author’s reach their audience, today this is often on social media.
Nanowrimo- A challenge that many authors do in November, where they write an entire book or 50k words in one month.
Literary Agent- This is a person who represents you and your writing and sales your manuscript to publishers.
Query- A one page letter that is sent to a literary agent with specific requirements telling what an author’s book is about.
WIP- Stand for work in progress, and is what an author is currently working on
Writer’s block- when a writer cannot figure out a part of their story
Arc- is an advanced reading copy, this is a free copy of a book given by a publisher before mass distribution.
POV- point of view, the perspective from which the story is told.
TBR- stands for to be read, these are books in a pile or list which someone intends to read.
Blurb- short description or opinion of a book for promotional purposes, typically written by someone in the literary world
Partial- this is what an agent requests if they want to read a part of your manuscript.
Full- this is what an agent requests if they want to read you entire manuscript.
So, those are twenty words you need to know if you are interested in writing a book.
Good luck! You can do this.
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