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Following up on our previous publishing terms article, here’s another collection, this time aimed at anyone publishing independently.   Silverwood Books have put together a short glossary of commonly used publishing terms that you might come across during your publishing journey,  starting from the initial editing process all the way through to the printing stage…it helps to speak the language!
This covers all illustrated material, photographs, images, charts and text that is prepared for reproduction. Artwork can be produced manually or using software.
The extra ink area that crosses the trimmed edge of a page. Used to avoid unsightly white at the edges of a page where the image goes right to the trimmed edge.
The short promotional text which usually appears on the back of a book (or on the dustjacket if hardback). Blurb may also form part of any marketing or promotional copy used. For tips on writing a good blurb, see our learning zone article.
The thick cover of a hardback book.
Case Binding
Books bound using board (case) covers.
Casing In
The process of placing in and adhering a book to its case covers.
The abbreviation for the four process colours used in standard four-colour printing. Cyan, magenta, yellow and black provide the widest colour gamut with the smallest number of inks.
The meticulous task of checking the final details of text before the work is typeset. Copy-editing involves putting text into a publisher’s house style as well as checking the grammar and accuracy of the text.
The right of an originator (author, artist, photographer etc) to limit the use of their original work. Copyright is broadly controlled by international agreement, but there are substantial differences between countries.
DPI (Dots Per Inch)
A measurement of resolution of a printed image as determined by the number of dots that fit into one inch. The higher the concentration of dots per inch, the sharper the image will be. Print resolution is 300dpi minimum.
The pages that are pasted onto the binding of a hardback book to fasten the body of the book to the cover. In most cases these are blank, but occasionally feature some design or text.
The number of pages in the printed book.
A range of shades extending from white through to black, used to create greyscale (black & white, or mono) images.
The space between the printed area and binding, also known as the margin.
A 13-digit International Standard Book Number assists booksellers with processing and ordering. Each unique ISBN identifies a particular publisher, and is assigned only to that publisher. Often used in association with a barcode.
The space between lines of type.
The arrangement and number of pages in a book.
A document transfer format developed by Adobe, platform independent, encapsulates all elements of the document (including embedded fonts) necessary for its production. Portable Document Format.
If you include material in your book which has been previously published elsewhere, you will need to seek permission from the original copyright holder to reuse that material. There may be a fee associated with the use of copyrighted material.
Plate section
A collection of pages of photographs which are bound together in sections within a book. A cost-effective way of incorporating colour into a book when using full colour throughout makes a project un-economical.
The page description language developed by Adobe as the common standard for the printing and publishing industries. Often this is a transitional stage in the production of a print ready PDF.
The introductory pages at the beginning of a book before the actual text itself begins. The prelims may contain a combination of half title, title page, the copyright page, preface, acknowledgements, forewords, and any other material not forming the main part of the book.
Typeset pages (and book jacket) which are sent to the author, who should check that the typesetters have not introduced errors into the book. At this stage corrections can still be made on a manuscript, but it can be costly, especially if corrections lead to a change in pagination.
The picture on a colour display (computer monitor, television screen) is built up from combinations of red, green and blue. RGB is not suitable for printing.
The process of converting copyedited text into the final style, layout and design of a printed book in order for it to be printed. The typesetter may follow a house or series style for the book.

About the author

SilverWood specialise in professional publishing for the self funded author, we like to build friendly and long-standing relationships with our authors, and we’re increasingly selective about the manuscripts we take on. This means you can be reassured that if we’ve opted to work with you, your manuscript has been thoroughly reviewed and is, in our opinion, ready for publication.

The small size of our specialist team means we can get to know you and your project in detail, and offer support that’s expressly tailored to your aims for your book. Throughout your association with us you’ll retain consistent and reliable contact with your own publishing assistant, and the wider team up to the level of publishing director.

If you’d like to know more about publishing with SilverWood Books please email Publishing Assistant Rowena Ball: rowena@silverwoodbooks.co.uk.

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