Forget all that literary terminology, Alex Fairhill has created a glossary for the street-smart writer.
Advance A sum of money that may be offered to an author signing a contract with a publisher. Yes – ‘may’. Advances are not always offered and the author must earn more than that amount from sales before earning royalties.
ARC abr. Advanced reader’s/reading copy. Also known as an ‘uncorrected proof’. Copies of this small pre-publication print run are sent to reviewers and bookstores before the official release. Not to be confused with a character arc – the character’s change in, well, character from the start to finish of a narrative.