Writer's Glossary - E
Abbreviation for electronic book.
A publication's representative who reads and possibly critiques manuscripts sent to him. He is generally the person who decides whether or not to accept—and thus pay for—a submitted piece. Some publications have several levels of editors and may require prospective acceptances to clear multiple people—for instance, a fiction editor may accept a manuscript and pass it on to the publisher. A magazine could have a Science Fiction Editor, a fantasy Editor, and a horror Editor, all of whom forward their picks to a General Editor.
There are other unique editorial practices out there. A few edit by committee—meaning two or more editors on equal standing must agree on a story before it can be accepted, theoretically increasing the chances of publishing only the best material, or material appealing to a wider audience.
A written work produced electronically, using a format readers can view on computers.
Electronic books are popular for downloading as readers can load them into portable computers or e-readers and read them anywhere. There are inherent difficulties in copyright protection as it is quite easy to duplicate a work and send it to a friend. Many people are dissatisfied with electronic books at this point in time as it is hard to curl up with a good book if it is on a computer screen. Even small portable devices haven't found a comfortable place with the majority of readers quite yet. Recent technological advances have demonstrated ways to simulate real books, including electronic paper bound into what looks just like a book—the pages are liquid crystal sheets and you turn them just as a regular book. We shall have to wait and see.
A method for sending material to a potential publisher electronically, usually as raw text within or as a file attachment to email. Other methods include uploading files to a publisher's Web site via FTP or a custom submission page. Some accept files on computer disk. More and more publishers every day are accepting submissions this way; those that do not often require it once a printed version has been accepted, as a document is easier to work with from editor to typesetter.
The basic mechanics that make up a story. To answer the who-what-when-where-why-how aspects:
Abbreviation for electronic mail. Electronic medium for sending material. A growing method for submitting material to potential publishers.
Abbreviation for electronic submissions.
An episode is a story that is related to other similar stories, usually referring to a television show. However, any series of related books are episodes—as are any series of short stories with related characters and situations.
A contract clause designating a specified length of time, or range of dates, during which a publisher has the exclusive right to publish a writer or artist's work. During that time, it is a breach of contract for the writer or artist to allow the work to be published anywhere else. After the exclusivity period is passed, all rights generally revert back to the owner.
A way to convey events to the reader without showing them, specifically when relaying details about things which occurred before the story began or happened "off-stage," so to speak. Exposition is easy to overuse; remember, action is what counts—show the events, don't tell about them.
There are times when you won't want to do this, of course. Some bits of information are integral to the story but don't need to be acted out, such as historical references. If your characters are hunting for artifacts at a Civil War battlefield in the year 2002, it isn't necessary to use flashbacks to show what happened in 1863; they can talk about it. Now, if this were a time travel story, and the characters are searching for artifacts after having been to 1863 and that battlefield, during the battle, in their time machine, it would be a crime to have them talk about it rather than you show it.
Exposition has a time and place; learn to discern when you should use it..