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Words about and related to picture book publishing

BLUES: The final plates for a book; used by editors for final checks.
CHARACTER: An imaginary representation of a persona in a work of fiction.
CIP DATA: CIP, or catalog in publication, is a bibliographic record prepared by the Library of Congress (LOC) before it is published.
DUMMY: A manuscript laid out in book form, with sketches of illustrations.
FOLDED AND GATHERED (F&GS): A sheet or sheets from a print run, folded, cut, and ready for binding.
GALLEY: An advance copy of a book.
GENRE: A term used in literature to designate a type of literature with shared characteristics or indicate story content.
HALFTONE: An image that has been photographed through a screen to create small dots of varying size or more/less dots per inch (dpi) so that it can be reproduced on a printing press.
ILLUSTRATED BOOK: A book with more text than illustrations.
ISBN: The International Standard Book Number (ISBN) is a unique 10-digit number.
IMPOSITION: A plan for pages on a printing sheet. When folded, the pages are in the correct sequence.
IMPRINT: A part of a publishing company with a distinct identity, name, and staff.
LEGENDS: Legends are stories based on historical figures or events, and embellish the acts of a real person.
LIBRARY EDITION: A version of a book that is specially formatted, reinforced to stand up to multiple uses.
LISTS: Semi-annual (or more frequent) groups of books produced by a publisher, announced and placed in a catalog together. They include the backlist (previously published books), the front list (new books for year or season), and midlist (books with reliable but not outstanding sales).
MASS MARKET: Books sold through retail outlets, such as grocery and department stores.
OP: Out of print.
PAPERBACK: An edition with a soft cover, usually a light cardboard.
PICTURE BOOK: A book that depends on illustrations to help relate the story.
PICTURE STORY BOOK: A book with illustrations that complement the text, but are not relied upon to relate the story.
POINT OF VIEW: The angle from which the viewer see the objects or scene.
PP&B: Paper, printing, and binding. The cost of producing a finished book.
PRESS KIT: A packet of promotional materials sent to media outlets.
PROOFS: The typeset pages of a book before it is printed.
REMAINDERS: Surplus books sold at a steep discount.
REVIEW COPIES: Copies of a book sent to reviewers, usually before publication, and often in the form of bound galleys or F&Gs.
SIGNATURE: A printed press sheet of printed pages, folded to size (e.g. large press sheet folded in half, fourths, eighths, sixteenths, or thirty-seconds).
STORYBOARD: An illustrator's plan for a book, thumbnails of all pages on one sheet.
SUBMISSIONS: Manuscripts sent to a publisher by an author or agent. Submissions can be exclusive, multiple, or simultaneous.
THUMBNAILS: An illustrator's rough sketches, called thumbnails because of small size.
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BOOKS: Books that can be manipulated physically and used as playthings.
TRADE EDITION: A version of a book that is formatted for the general public as opposed to a targeted market.
TRIM SIZE: The overall size of a book; the size of the pages, book jacket, and cover.

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