- ARC Advanced Reading Copy
this is the finished for
the gallery that is often printed and circulated to reviewers and
books stores to help promote pre-release sales
- Alpha Hero
heroes that was very strong, opinionated,
down right arrogant!
- Back Story
events that occurred before the start of the book.
- Beta Hero
this hero is a kinder, gentler hero; often had problems
of some sort that have scared his
- Category Romance
romance written within a set of parameters
that establish a set style for tone, page length, sensuality level, and the
requisite happy ending. Harlequin and Silhouette Romances are good
character traits and actions that define the people
in a novel.
the barrier that prevents the hero and heroine from falling
in love early on in a novel. Internal conflict refers to emotional issues
within the protagonists, such as fear of commitment, abandonment,
failure of past relationships, etc. External conflict refers to "outside"
barriers that block the path to love, such as feuding families,
misunderstandings, prior romantic commitments, etc.
- Copy Editor
person responsible for correcting errors within a
manuscript, such as grammar, spelling, and consistency, querying the
editor and author with problems to solve, and preparing a style sheet
of names, places, etc.
- Critique (manuscript critique)
an editorial assessment of a
manuscript. It includes an analysis of the strengths and weaknesses
of the story, including pacing, writing style, voice, internal and
external conflict, characterization, and romance. As each critique is
personal, one critique may focus more on pacing, while another
critique may focus more on characterization. A manuscript critique
can be used as a learning tool by an author looking to hone his or
her writing skills.
words or conversation spoken by the characters that
advance the plot.
person responsible for acquiring manuscripts for
publication and aiding the author to revise and shape them to suit
the publishing house's needs.
the style of type used in a manuscript. For example, Times
New Roman or Arial or Courier. Publishers prefer you use Times
New Romance or Courier or Dark Courier.
- Full Manuscript
the novel as it appears on 8½ x 11 paper, typed
or printed from a computer. The full manuscript refers to the entire
novel, from start to end, as opposed to a partial manuscript, which is
just a selection of chapters.
the typeset manuscript, appearing as it will when the book is
ultimately printed, before the pages are cropped to book-size and bound.
The term comes from the long strips of paper on which such text was
- Gamma Hero
This is the darkest of male heroes (See Author Anne
Stuarts heroes for perfect example of Gamma Heroes.
the main male protagonist in a romance novel, these can be
Alpha, Beta or Gamma males
the main female protagonist in a romance novel.
the sentence, paragraph or theme that draws, and holds, the
reader's attention. It should begin the novel.
- House Style Guide (a.k.a. Style Guide)
) a definitive manual created
by a publishing house outlining specific style choices (i.e. grammar,
punctuation, spelling, etc.) so that consistency will be maintained
throughout all publications.
- Line Edit
high-level editing that helps to shape the book by focusing
on things such as plot, tone, pacing, characterization, development of
romance, etc. (as opposed to copyediting, which focuses on smaller,
line-by-line issues such as grammar, consistency, and style).
- Mainstream Romance
a romance novel written outside the
confines of category romance parameters. Some differences may
include the tone, voice, point-of-view, etc. This is usually a
longer-length novel of 100,000 words or more.
the novel as it appears on 8½ x 11 paper, typed or
printed from a computer.
words that are not part of dialogue. For example,
descriptions, thoughts, actions, and setup.
the progression of the novel's timeline: how fast or slow the
action of the story moves along.
- Partial manuscript
the novel as it appears on 8½ x 11 paper, typed or
printed from a computer. Partial manuscript refers to a selection of chapters
(such as the first three), as opposed to the entire manuscript.
the main action of a novel.
which character's or characters' eyes the main action of
the story is seen through. A story told in the first person is narrated by "I";
in the third person, the narrator is outside the story and tells about "he" or
- Proofreading (a.k.a. Proofing)
the final stage of editing the manuscript
that takes place in-house after copyediting. Proofreaders check for grammar,
spelling, and punctuation errors that have been missed, as well as for errors
in cover copy, ad copy, running heads, and pagination.
- Query letter
a letter addressed to an editor that inquires about a
publishing program's policy for receiving manuscripts, or a letter to an
editor that accompanies a manuscript (partial or full) and synopsis for
review by the addressed editor.
- Running Heads
the copy at the top of each page that details the title
of the book or chapter and author name.
- Series Romance
see Category Romance.
the time and place of the action of a novel. For example, 1812
Regency London, or contemporary Western, Medieval Scotland.
- Slush Pile
unsolicited manuscripts sent to editors.
- Style Guide
see House Style Guide.
a condensed summary of the entire novel from start to finish.
- Time Line
the chronological sequence of events in the story. Although the events
of the story don't have to be told in chronological order, it is important to be sure that
events occur in their chronological order. For example, a story can begin when the
hero is 30 and flashback to when he was 18, but if the hero's parents died when he
was 23, remember that his parents were alive during the flashback.
the style or manner in which the story is written. For example, humorous
the author's use of language, which creates a unique tone particular to her story.