Back matter. The pages at the end of a book. (Bibliography, acknowledgements, links, etc.)
Backlist. Previously written books that are still in print.
Backstory. Gives an idea of what has happened before the events of the main story – a brief history of characters or events – sometimes written as character memories or flashbacks. Be aware that giving too much backstory can take away from the main story – so less is more.
Beta readers. Authors send their work to beta readers for feedback before publishing. These are usually the second port of call for a check on their work, the first being to an alpha reader.
Bibliography. The place to give credit to the people/books/articles which gave you your answers in your research for your own book or article.
Biography. The life story of someone that is written by someone else.
Blurb. A short description of a book intended to ‘hook’ a reader into buying it.
Boilerplate. Cliched or predictable writing.
Byline. Where you are credited as the author of an article. (Newspaper/magazine articles.)
Citation. A piece of information taken from a written work. (Usually attributable in the bibliography.)
Climax. The high point of your story.
Clips. Samples of a published writer’s work .
Copy editing. Editing (checking) text for errors in spelling, grammar, and consistency.
Copyright. The legal right of ownership of your work.