Words you need to know when writing H-M

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

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Here are the next lot of word meanings:

-H-

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.

-I-

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

-J-

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

-K-

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

-L-

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.

-M-

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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