Writer's Glossary - B
A very integral part of any fiction, backgrounds are the times and places of the story. Good backgrounds are done unobtrusively—in the background, you could say. Rather than rambling on with several lengthy paragraphs about a particular city or country or planet or spaceship or barn or bedroom closet, good backgrounds are built through subtle bits and pieces dropped in throughout the tale.
A mail-order or online-order service offering books, usually at discount rates. Publishers generally have less overhead selling through book clubs as there are not as many middlemen, and thus their profits are higher.
A version of a book produced specifically for a book club, usually as a special offer. The cover may be different, or something along those lines, but the book is pretty much the same thing.
Writing award for excellence in screenwriting, given by the Science Fiction Writers of America. It was named in acknowledgement of Ray Bradbury's contributions to the fields of science fiction and screenwriting.
Writing award named after the author of the classic Dracula, this award is given to writers of horror and dark fantasy by the Horror Writers Association. Active HWA members vote to decide which works earn the "superior achievement" award.