Words you need to know when writing H-M

Words to know when you’re a writer: H to M


Here are the next lot of word meanings:


Hard copy. A printed version on paper of written projects, emails etc.

Hardcover. Also known as hardback; a physical book that is bound and printed – see paperback.

Half title. The page at the beginning of a book that contains the title and nothing else.

Historical Fiction. A fictional story set in the past. If you write in this genre, make sure you don’t inadvertently put in something current – there were no mobile phones in Victorian times…

Hook. The thing we all struggle over – that one line that entices (hooks) the reader into the book from the get go!

House style. A publisher’s preferred style.


ISBN. Stands for International Standard Book Number. This is a unique number and it identifies each published book.


Journalist. Someone who writes for newspapers, magazines, news websites, or a person who prepares news that is to be broadcast.


Kill fee. Payment made to a writer if an article is written, but not published.


Lead paragraph. The hook – your first paragraph of your book, article or chapter.

Literary agent. Someone who has faith in your writing and will represent you (the author) to publishers.


Manuscript. An original copy of your book or article before printing.

Mark up. Used during editing – notes made on a manuscript that is not yet ready for printing. In Word, this is done via ‘Tracking’.

Memoir. Writing that is based on a writer’s personal knowledge of somebody else (usually famous – think kiss and tell!) or an event or a place.

Mood. The tone or feeling the writer is trying to convey in the story. (Not to be confused with your own emotions when you’re having a bad day and the words won’t come…)

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