The Smudge Publishing Glossary.
Handy terms to know before you approach a publisher
Written by Hilary Van Leeuwin
Just like any other field, the publishing industry is full of lingo, terms and phrases that can easily baffle newcomers or just the average Joe. However, dear friend, we want nothing more than for you to feel cool, calm and collected when you approach the Smudge Publishing team with your book dream. So, here is a list of dinky phrases that will help you to understand the process and maybe even point out some stuff that you should have considered before you dive into a book project.
Belly band: A removable paper band that sits around the cover
Binding: At Smudge use saddle stitch, which is where a stitch of thread or a wire staple is passed through the fold of pages.
Book block: full extent of pages (pretty much everything except the cover)
Copy editing: Stage of editing that checks for spelling, grammar and content errors.
Colours: CMYK (Cyan, Magenta, Yellow, Black), RGB (Red, Green, Blue), PMS (Pantone Matching System, used for custom colours).
Debossing: Stamping effect that makes certain material on the cover drop in, towards book block.
Dust cover/jacket: Removable paper cover that wraps around a hardback book.
Embossing: Stamping effect that makes certain material on the cover to pop out, away from book block.
End-matter: All material found at the back of a book after main body of text, may include notes, index, bibliography, about the author or publisher page, etc.
End papers: A folded sheet, half of which covers the inside of the front and back cover and the other half of which sits as a page before or after the book block.
Extent: The full number of pages excluding the front and end matter, cover and end papers.
Foil: Metallic foil used on covers as a design feature, e.g. for title
Front matter/preliminary matter: First pages before main body of text, i.e. imprint page, introduction, title pages, etc.
Half title: First page after title page, contains just the name of the book.
Imprint page: Very first or last page, beside endpapers, containing copyright notice, publisher details, ISBN, publication year, printer, etc.
ISBN: International Standard Book Number, unique identification code for books.
Running header: A header repeated at the top of each page, usually book title or chapter title.
Structural editing: First stage of editing, looks at big structural changes to content, style, etc.
Title page: Page in front-matter featuring authors name, book title and subtitle if included.
Type-setting: Text layout on each page.