Nonfiction Fact

Outline. Flexible step-by-step plan of a manuscript.

PC. Personal computer.

Piece. An article intended for publication.

Plot. The plan of events running through a story.

Police procedural. A crime novel where the detective is a police officer.

Political correctness. The requirement that attitudes and vocabulary in your manuscript are not offensive with regard to race, sex, creed etc.

Potted history. Brief resume of a character's background.

Protagonist. The main character.

Reader identification. Characters and situations which are instantly recognisable to your intended readership.

Red herring. Clue deliberately implicating the wrong suspect in a crime story.

Self-publisher. An author who publishes and markets their own book.

Short story. A work of fiction of less than 10,000 words.

Showing not telling. Using interaction rather than narration to depict the sequence of events in an article or story.

Slush pile. Collection of unsolicited manuscripts waiting to be read by an editor or agent.

Stereotype. A fixed image of specific groups based on age, sex, race, religion, social status etc.

Stringer. Contributor of items of news to a local newspaper.

Syndication. To offer manuscripts for simultaneous sale to publications worldwide.

Synopsis. A step-by-step resume; of a book's story.

Unsolicited manuscript. A manuscript submitted unre-quested for a publisher or agent's consideration.

Vanity publisher. A company which will agree to publish your manuscript in return for payment.

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