The Editing Podcast - Louise Harnby (fiction editor) and Denise Cowle (non-fiction editor) EPISODE 2
S1E2: Publishing lingo explained
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S1E2: Publishing lingo explained

In this episode of The Editing Podcast, Denise and Louise demystify publishing language – the terms professionals use to describe the parts of a book – so that you can talk with confidence about your text. Listen to find out more about:

  • the beginning (or front matter; prelims), the main or body text and the end matter (or back matter)
  • part titles, half titles, and title pages
  • forewords and prefaces
  • acknowledgements
  • pages, page numbers, and folios
  • double page spreads (DPSs)
  • rectos and versos
  • running heads and running feet
  • drop caps or dropped capitals
  • chapter drops
  • appendices and glossaries
  • footnotes and endnotes
  • bibliographies, references, and indexes


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