Literary Definitions: Vol. 8

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It's been a good while since I passed
out some definitions, so here is
another batch. (Click on Definitions
at the bottom of this post to see
the past seven installments.)


Family Saga: A story that chronicles the lives of a family or a number of related or interconnected families over a period of time.

Hook: Aspect of the work that sets it apart from others and draws in the reader/viewer.

Mass Market Paperbacks: Softcover books, usually 4x7, on a popular subject directed at a general audience and sold in groceries, drugstores and bookstores.

Subagent: An agent handling certain subsidiary rights, usually working in conjunction with the agent who handled the book rights.

Remainders: Leftover copies of an out-of-print or slow-selling book purchased from the publisher at a reduced rate. Depending on the contract, a reduced royalty or no royalty is paid to the author on remaindered books.

TOC: Table of contents. A listing at the beginning fo a book indicating chapter titles and their corresponding page numbers. It can also include brief chapter descriptions.

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The Godfather could be considered
a family saga.

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