Have you ever spoken to someone in publishing or browsed the submission portion of an agency’s website and wondered what on earth we’re all talking about?
Well, wonder no more. Here in Dictionary Corner we will strive to shed some light on the technical jargon and industry lingos that often confuse new writers.
Exclusive – this is a very important word for us and one you really want to hear from agents.
The word applies in exactly the same context as it does in a romantic relationship. If we ask to see more of your work exclusively it means that we like what we’ve seen so far and we want to see more but that we don’t want anyone else to be seeing any.
If you offer your work on exclusive with an agent you are promising that no one else in the industry will be reading or considering any part of your concept at the same time as that agent.
Also, if you are submitting to us and nobody else please do slip this word into your covering letter. We like to hear it too!
Are there any terms we use that befuddle you? Please do let us know by leaving a comment or emailing email@example.com and we’ll respond with our own personal definition just for you.
By Vicki Le Feuvre