Let’s say you’ve finished your novel and submitted a query
letter to Marla Miller for our latest online column, Critique My Query. You’ve
addressed her comments and polished your letter. You’ve done your research, so
you know which agents might be interested in your book. Now you’re ready to
send your query out.
Besides preparing to wait for responses to roll in, what
should you do? Familiarize yourself with common literary terms that agents and
editors use when giving feedback. Novelist Lynne Griffin put together a handy
list of buzz words and standard phrases with their definitions for our August
issue, and her article is now available on this site.
You may have encountered these phrases before, but do you
really know what they mean? An upmarket novel, for example, has broad appeal
because it’s both character-driven and plot-driven, literary and commercial.
Do you know other literary lingo not included
in Griffin’s article? Add a comment below.
—Sarah C. Lange, associate editor
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I find this to be a well received article - thanks.
Sarah C. Lange
re: Defining key publishing terms
Tue, Aug 31 2010 12:03 PM
Glad you found the article useful!