I was delighted with all the interest in the publishing imprint I mentioned last week that I was working with. For those who missed it, this new imprint will be designed to work with authors who want the perks of self-publishing (more control, higher royalties) but with the benefits of traditional publishing (pre-publication reviews, wider distribution, publisher clout, and no author expenses.) It will launch this summer - if you want to be the first to get information, email me or leave a comment.
Several of you asked what an imprint was. I thought this would be a good time to define not only imprint, but a few other publishing terms that might be confusing. Here is a list:
Imprint - A publishing company might have multiple imprints, often with different names but still falling under the parent company, each of which focuses on a specific genre or reader demographic.
CIP - Stands for Catalog in Publication. This information is prepared by either the Library of Congress or a trained CIP block designer and assists with cataloging books for libraries. Located at the bottom of the copyright page, it includes the Library of Congress Control Number (LCCN) or PNC number.
R.R. Bowker and cannot be transferred. The person or company who purchases the ISBNs is forever the one on record as the publisher.
POD - Stands for Print on Demand and refers to digital printing. (The other form of printing is offset which is done with printing plates and presses.) POD printers are not to be confused with POD publishers.
BISAC - Stands for Book Industry Standards and Communications. They set the standards for genre classification of books through subject headings in the USA. In the UK, it is the Book Industry Communication who performs this task.
Form more terms, see either Glossary of Book Publishing Terms or The Glossary of Book Trade.
Do you feel smarter already?