Pub Speak: A Writer’s Dictionary of Publishing Terms

From Newberys to Nebulas, wholesalers to world rights, PUB SPEAK: A WRITER’S DICTIONARY OF PUBLISHING TERMS is a reference book for every author.

Curious what a certain term means in a book contract?

Not sure what the difference is between an easy reader and a picture book?

Can’t tell a Newbery from a Nebula?

Pub Speak: A Writer’s Dictionary of Publishing Terms is a dictionary for both new and established authors that contains over 400 definitions, including:

– contract and royalty terms
– ebooks and audiobooks
– fiction and non-fiction
– publishing terms
– retailers, book clubs, wholesalers and distributors
– social networking and collaborative publishing
– trade associations, events and publications
– writer’s organizations, awards and publications

Writers can read the dictionary all the way through to gain a more thorough understanding of the industry, or use the dictionary to look up terms as needed. The book is not designed to replace an agent or editor, but to help authors become informed partners in the business of publishing.

Pub Speak is available in paperback and ebook at Amazon and as a paperback at Barnes and Noble.

Cover design by Michelle Davidson Argyle.

Praise for Pub Speak

“Even for those writers, editors, and publishing professionals that have been in the biz for years, understanding all of the jargon of the industry can be a bit of a challenge. For those professionals who are just starting their careers, following a conversation or email pertaining to a publishing deal, editing contract, or even the materials required to put together a book proposal can seem like trying to decipher a foreign language. I have spent a year in the industry and still constantly ask my boss what things mean. Truth be told, it’s a slow learning process, but with the help of Tracy Marchini’s new reference book you can speed the process up a bit.

Pub Speak: A Writer’s Dictionary of Publishing Terms is a veritable catalogue of acronyms, technical words, and even common awards and associations that every writer, editor, publisher, and publicist of the English language should know.”

Ashley from Trees and Ink

“Pub Speak aims to help authors keep up to date on publishing terms and keep you from getting overwhelmed!

I highly recommend you add Pub Speak to your writing resources!”

Sydney Health Writer

“Pub Speak is the perfect handbook for those who need to navigate the publishing business. Whether you are a new author or just someone who wants to understand publishing, this dictionary is a great source for terms used in the industry.”


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