FastPencil Glossary

À la Carte Services

Services made available to the author for purchase that help them create, edit, illustrate and market their book.

Activity Feed

A continually updated listing of events and actions related to your projects and publications.

Author Services

Packages of services available for purchase that help an author create, edit, illustrate and market their book.

Back Matter

Back matter refers to elements normally found at the back of a book, such as a glossary, bibliography, and index.


Book Industry Standards and Communications (BISAC) is a subject vocabulary for books created by the publishing industry, specifically the Book Industry Study Group (BISG). The BISAC Subject Heading List, also known as the BISAC Subject Code List, is a standard used to categorize books based on topical content. The Subject Heading applied to a book can determine where the work is shelved, or the genre under which it can be searched for.


An element that touches the edge of a page, leaving no margin is said to bleed. Pages containing elements that bleed is normally printed on sheets that are larger than the finished page size. This is done so that the bleed can extend beyond the print area, ensuring that the element touches the edge when the page is trimmed to its final size. Also see Trim Size.

Cascading Style Sheet

Cascading Style Sheets (CSS) is a style sheet language used for describing the look and formatting of a document written in a markup language such as HTML and XHTML.


Anyone that is assigned to a specific role in your project. Also see Reviewer, Editor, Contributor and Manager.


The people you invite to discuss and collaborate on your projects.


A collaborator that has permission to review and edit project contents, leave comments, create notes, and invite other collaborators.


See Casacading Style Sheet.

Digital Rights Management

Digital Restrictions Management (DRM) is the practice of imposing technological restrictions that control what users can do with digital media, such as copying a digital file.


See Digital Rights Management.


A collaborator that has permission to edit project contents and leave comments. Changes made by an editor may need to be approved by the project owner before they become permanent.

Front Matter

Front matter includes elements normally found before the main body of the book, such as a foreword, preface, acknowledgements and introduction.


HyperText Markup Language (HTML) is the main markup language for creating web pages and other information that can be displayed in a web browser.


The trade name under which a work is published. A publisher may have many imprints. This is usually done to market works to different demographic consumer segments.


The International Standard Book Number (ISBN) is a unique numeric commercial book identifier. An ISBN is assigned to each edition and variation (except reprintings) of a book. For example, an eBook, a paperback, and a hardcover would each have a different ISBN.


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A collaborator with permission to take any action on a project that a project owner can take. This is includes reviewing, editing and publishing a project, as well as inviting other collaborators.


A workspace where you can write and edit your manuscript, make notes, add images and other assets, manage and discuss with collaborators (search, add, remove and assign roles), make notes and manage and track various assignments within the project.


A snapshot of your project that you create once you are ready to format, distribute and print your book. The Publications workspace is where your covers are set-up along with formats and other publication details (metadata) are added.


A collaborator with permission to read project contents and leave comments.

RSS feed

An abbreviation for Rich Site Summary feed. RSS feeds use a family of standard web feed formats to publish frequently updated information: blog entries, news headlines, audio, video.

Site news

A place where news and other announcements are displayed to users.


The category or genre of a book. The Subject applied to a book can determine where the work is shelved, or the genre under which it can be searched for. Also see BISAC.

Trim Size

The final size of a printed page after excess material has been cut away. Printed pages are created a little bigger than the finished size to allow for bleeds. The page is then trimmed to proscribed final size. Also see Bleed.

Writing Block

An editable unit of text with an assigned type created in the FastPencil web application. Block types include: Part, Chapter, Section, Dedication, Front Matter and Back Matter.


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