Combat Publishing Jargon!

If you’re new to self-publishing, you may come across a lot of words that you may not be familiar with. Not to worry, we’ve put this handy list of publishing jargon that you may come across when self-publishing with us!

Bleed: This is the extra allowance to make sure that there is no white space during the printing process. This is particularly important for the cover of your book. But don’t worry, we’ve taken care of that in our book editor!


Epub: The file type used to publish ebooks.


InDesign: Designers at Type & Tell use this Adobe software to layout the interior and cover of your book.


ISBN: Here in the UK, Nielsen provide the  International Standard Book Number, that is used to identify your book to retailers and other databases.  


PDFx: The file format which both the interior of the book and the cover needs to be saved as in order to be printed by our printing and distribution partner, Ingram.


Print Book: By this we mean the physical paperback copy of your book.


Print on Demand: Also  known as POD:  this is a method of printing, where instead of printing copies of your book in bulk, and storing in a warehouse. The book is printed when a customer makes a purchase, and is sent to the retailer who then send to the customer.


Proof: We offer our customers a proof copy of their book before sending it for print or distribution. This is an early copy of the book that our T&T customers use to check for errors.


Royalty: This is the payment that the T&T customer receives when their book has been sold. At type and tell we don’t take a cut, you keep 100% of the royalties from your book.


Typesetting: This is a term we use often, this is the overall layout of the book. It means we take your manuscript and make it look like a book! This includes the interior layout and cover.

Boost your confidence in self-publishing with all the information at your fingertips, if you have any more questions simply drop us an email at




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