Sunday, May 13, 2012
I spoke on the ABC's of the publishing world. As writers we focus for months and years on honing our craft, learning the lingo of fiction, things like head-hopping and showing vs. telling and black moments.
But when our time for publication comes, we find we've entered a business world with a lingo all its own that we're supposed to know. Contract lingo, publishing house lingo, marketing lingo.
I thought it might be helpful if we talked about some of these terms so this group of writers might be prepared when their publishing opportunity rolled around. We talked about things like Sell In vs. Sell Through and Remainders and Backlists, E-books, Print on Demand, and Advanced Reader Copies.
Lots of questions, lots of discussion, and lots of fun. I hope they reaped some benefit from the discussion. I truly enjoyed this group, and if we can work it out, I'd love to come more often and participate as a group member. Unfortunately, the MN-NICE group meets on the same Sunday night each month that my church Bible study meets. :(
Question for you: Do you belong to a local writer's group?