As part of our continued effort to provide authors of all levels with helpful resources, without further ado, here is a Glossary for Authors. We will continue to add to it as we come across more terms, and we know we will.
|Amazon Breakthrough Novel Awards
|Acronym for Audiobook Creation Exchange (and/or Audible), an Amazon Subsidiary which produces audio books
|Acryonym for Advanced Review Copy, a final proof which goes to reviewers before a book is published
|Amazon Standard Identification Number
|A proprietary format developed by Amazon specifically for the Kindle eBook reader
|Someone who “test” reads a book, generally before going to editing, to find errors and evaluate the manuscript
|Or CamelCase is a compound word or phrase that has the first letter of each word capitalized
|Chicago Manual of Style – important reference book providing key elements and guidance to authors http://www.chicagomanualofstyle.org/
|Riding on (or trying to attach to) the good fortune of more successful authors
|The use of a comma to join two sentences which could stand on their own (i.e. It was cold outside, we had a fire going.)
|Createspace, an Amazon company which produces print books (print on demand)
|doc (also .doc)
|Microsoft Word Document
|docx (also .docx)
|Microsoft Word Document versions 2007 and newer, *not* supported by Smashwords.
|A succinct and grabbing summary in PEOPLE SPEAK, generally 50 words or less, that you would use to sell someone your book in an elevator
|Stands for “electronic publication.” ePub is the “open standard” format for eBooks, used across the widest number of devices (Nook, iBooks, and more), but not supported by Amazon’s Kindle
|Free downloads of a book, usually through the Kindle Select program
|Happily Ever After ending, most commonly used in the romance genre
|When multiple points-of-view are used in a manner that is confusing
|An indie author or artist, generally self-published or with a small, independent publisher
|International Standard Book Number which is a 10 or 13 digit number used to identify a book
|JPG (also .jpg, JPEG, or .jpeg)
|Joint Photographic Experts Group – an image which is of a fairly condensed nature, commonly used on the internet
|justified (also justification)
|Originally used by typesetters, justification can be left, right, (when the text aligns to one of those aforementioned margins) or full, which means the text aligns at both the right and left margins
|Kindle Direct Publishing, the Amazon platform for self-publishing eBooks
|Lightning Source, a platform for self-publishing print books
|A platform for self-publishing print books
|The sometimes dreaded process that converts a manuscript into many different eBook formats on Smashwords
|Also known as dangling participle, when a word or phrase describing the subject is misplaced, describing something else instead. Excellent examples here.
|mobi (also .mobi)
|An eBook file format, originally created by Mobipocket SA, purchased by Amazon in 2005 and now used with Kindles
|odt (also .odt)
|Open Document Text file created by the Open Office program. MS Word does not support this program, so Open Office users should save the file as a .doc.
|Portable Document Format – a file generated by Adobe Acrobat which is generally non-tamperable
|PNG (also .png)
|Portable Network Graphics – similar to a .jpg, but a PNG enables a clear background and better clarity at the same resolution.
|Print-on-Demand, a method of print book publishing which produces a book ONLY when it is ordered.
|Point of View – the PoV from which your story is told. For examples, see PoV for Dummies by Chris James.
|Palm Resource Code – is a MobiPocket eBook file which can be read on a Kindle device.
|Alternating standard list price and sale price at different intervals resembling a pulse to gain sales on your book and to hopefully raise it in the rankings to garner more interest
|A sentence that a) is too long, and b) contains two or more sections that can stand on their own.
|Also known as a sales spike, this generally happens after a book comes off of its promotion sales price or free listing.
|A simple font more appealing to online reading such as Arial or Tahoma which does not have the doohickeys or “tails” at the edges of the lettering or strokes
|Select, or KDP Select, is a program through Amazon’s Kindle Direct Publishing wherein you grant Kindle exclusive rights to publish your eBook in return for certain benefits including 5 free book days, Kindle Countdown program, and Prime book borrows.
|Search Engine Optimization
|A more traditional font normally associated with print publishing with a decorative flourish at the end of each stroke such as Times New Roman or Georgia
|The transfer of a file to or from a computer to a mobile device or eReader by using a USB cable or other method
|A fake identity or account set up to promote one’s own work, most commonly referenced in “sock puppet reviews”
|Smashwords, an ebook publication and distribution site
|Terms and Conditions
|To be read list
|TIFF (also .tif)
|Tag Image File Format is a high resolution image file accepted by Createspace for cover artwork
|The capitalization used in titles or headlines wherein the first letter of each “significant” word is capitalized
|Table of Contents
|A feature in Microsoft Word that allows you to label all edits and changes made in a document. See this article.
|A troll is someone who purposely posts inflammatory comments or reviews, just to cause trouble.
|Uniform Resource Locator – basically the link you give someone to go to a website, i.e. http://www.IndiesUnlimited.com is the URL for IU.
|A verified purchase label is attached to reviews by people who have actually purchased an item or book on Amazon.com
|Work in process (or progress)