Self-Publishing Terms That Start With B

Back Matter

Back matter is the content that comes after the main body of a book. This may include a table of contents, an author's note, acknowledgments, or an index.

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Backstory

The backstory is the part of a story that takes place before the main action begins. It provides context and background information that helps readers better understand the characters and plot.

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Beta Reader

A beta reader is somebody who reads a draft of a piece of writing and provides constructive feedback to the author. Beta readers typically read a more polished version of the text after the author has incorporated feedback from alpha readers.

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Binding

Binding a book is the process of physically attaching the cover and spine to the pages. This is usually done with adhesives, such as glue, or stitching.

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Biography

A biography is an account of a person's life written by another person.

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Bleed

Bleed is the printing term for the edges of a page that extend beyond the trim size.

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Blurb

A blurb is a brief text intended to promote a book by enticing potential readers. It usually contains a short story summary along with the author's credentials.

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Book Club

A book club is a group of people who read the same books or different books together, share book recommendations, and discuss their thoughts on the books they read.

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Book Cover

A book cover is a book's front and back exterior as well as the spine. It usually features the book title, the author’s name, and a design that reflects the story or genre.

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Book Fair

A book fair is an event where readers, authors, or publishers can come together to showcase and celebrate books. These events often feature workshops, readings, author signings, and other literary activities.

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