Growing Pains…Learning New Vocabulary

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Once again I was cleaning out my overflowing incoming emails (over 500) and came across another interesting subject: publishing vocabulary. I recall months ago I posted a similar blog. I have learned more terms since then. I am lost on others and some in this email I am confused about to this day.

The email gave the terms but did not give an explanation, nor a definition. The person wanted me to sign up for an educational course. I Googled definition of… If you would like more of an explanation, you could Google or research more for yourself. It’s not that serious. Some of these terms I copied and pasted, others I paraphrased. They are all based on Google definitions.

ARC- (Advanced Reader Copy) an author gives a copy of their book to readers prepublication usually for reviewers and test readers. These test readers can also check for last second typos in the books, give feedback to the author, and when it is out in publication, they are the first to give reviews.
Galley- is an advanced copy or uncorrected proof of a first edition book (similar to ARC) created by the publisher and given to individuals that are important to the author’s book launch.
Netgalley– a digital website that focuses on digital galley proofs to professional readers.
CTA- Call To Action- an immediate response, an example would be ‘click that button NOW’ 
Back matter– index or appendix, any information in the book that follows the main body in the book (side note: I was in a course that said to place the ISBN in the back of the book, some books require ISBN for ebooks so when you have it in the ‘back matter’ your free sample will show more of your writing). 
Offset- Found on Google: Posted by Margaret Rouse. Offset printing, also called offset lithography, is a method of mass-production printing in which the images on metal plates are transferred (offset) to rubber blankets or rollers and then to the print media.
POD-Print On Demand- prints books based on the number of orders. If a reader ordered ten prints of your book, Amazon (or another book company) would print the author’s book ten times and ship it to you.
OOP– Object Oriented ProgrammingObject-Oriented Programming. A programming paradigm that uses objects to design applications and computer programs. It utilizes several techniques from previously established paradigms, including inheritance, modularity, polymorphism, and encapsulation. (I copied this one because I’m still confused about the definition)
Metadata- at the most basic, metadata of a book would be the name of the author, title of the book, and ISBN. Readers are able to find the book online based on how a site (Amazon, Google, etc.) uses the book’s information.
Spine- the outside edge where the pages are bound
Trim The final size of the pages after the excess is cut off.
Bleed- when an image runs beyond the margins of the page. 
LOC-Library of Congress- if you would like to add your book to the library database, LOC and other terms should be further researched. CIP data, for instance.

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These terms are found on Google and other sites. They are very easy to research. I felt this was a good start for everyone who is confused. It took me weeks to figure out what ARC was, that term confused me. I love to research and read up but at the time I was busy with other things and just too darn lazy to bother. I finally looked it up and felt silly.

I thought back to my school days and said to myself “context clues, Robyn.” The many times I hear ARC and reviewers or test readers I should have known. But when there are so many terms thrown at a newbie on a weekly basis, context clues are no help. It can be a different language at times.

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I hope this list is a beginning and it gives you a reason to look up a little bit more on these words. Metadata is important for discoverability. SEO sounds similar to metadata, but it can be very different. It gets confusing depending on who you speak to so doing your own research before you listen to EVERYONE gives you a bit of a heads up. Just my little newbie opinion.

I need to go look at what the heck OOP means. Maybe I should go clear some more of the garbage emails, until next time.

You have to be able to accept failure to get better. - LeBron James

Stay fabulous my newbie friends!

Robyn Branick


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