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Publishing Terms for Beginners: N


In this month's post in the series of Publishing Terminology, we're looking at words starting with the letter N.

New Adult - also known as NA. A new genre aimed at readers in their 20s which emerged about 5 years ago as YA readers (spawned by hits like the Twilight books) outgrew teen books and began looking fir reads more appropriate to their age and experience.

Networking - expanding one's social network or sphere of influence by initiating mutually advantageous relationships with other people.

Niche - a specialised target market characterised by a particular interest or subject (eg. Amish Romance). Niches are potentially profitable, but if a niche has too small a market, traditional publishers may be wary of publishing books in these categories.

Non fiction - 'true' writing in which the author re-tells actual events. eg. reference books, autobiographies, guides and manuals.

Novella - a work of fiction normally longer than a short story but shorter than a novel (roughly between 7,500 and 40,000 words)

Can you think of any other terms starting with N that should be included here? Heard a term, and you're not sure what it means? Share your thoughts and questions in the comments section below.

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