This glossary of self publishing terms defines everything from acronyms to publishing platforms, writing terms and marketing speak. If you have a term to add, or a better definition to share, please comment.
Self Publishing Dictionary
Acknowledgements – The section of the front or back matter where you thank people who helped bring the book to fruition. Not a requirement.
ACX – Audiobook Creation Exchange, where authors can create an audiobook.
Aggregator – A publishing aggregator publishes your book to more than one outlet. For example, Lulu.com is an aggregator that can get you on Kobo, Amazon, Nook, and more.
Also Boughts – The list of books by other authors that your readers have also bought. It can give you a good insight into what your readers like outside of your book.
Amazon – The biggest ebook and print book publisher on the internet, they sell print and ebooks. And everything else in the world lol.
Amazon Author Central – An Amazon site that allows you to claim your author profile on Amazon, write a bio, sync your blog and manage your books. You should sign up as soon as you publish a book on Amazon.
AMS – Short for Amazon Marketing Services. Used by authors for book ads that show on Amazon. AMS ads can boost the visibility of your book on Amazon.
Amazon Prime – A program that gives you lots of perks, like free shipping, video and the ability to borrow a book from the KOLL. The features vary depending on what country you’re in.
ARC – Stands for Advanced Reader Copy. Free book copies are given to reviewers, bloggers, etc in exchange for a fair and honest review. Some authors put together an ARC Team of readers, usually interested readers/fans from their mailing list.
ASIN – Amazon Standard Identification Number. This is a number Amazon assigns to your work to keep track of it in their system, and can be used in place of an ISBN. Google play uses their own, called a GGKEY.
Author Central – See Amazon Author Central.
Author Copy – Copies of your book you purchase at a discount and can sell yourself at in-person events, conventions etc.