What Is a Galley?

Definition: In book publishing the goal is to generate interest and attention in a book before it's published for the general public. Publicists work to get critics and bloggers to review the books and reporters at newspapers and magazines to do stories about the book or the author.

A galley is term for a pre-publication copy of a book that publishing houses send out to reviewers and people in the press.

Galleys have lower production values than finished books -- they are almost always paperbacks and usually don't feature cover art. (Galley a also a synonym for ARC.)

Also Known As: ARC, advance reading copy

Examples: The publicist sent out thousands of galleys to various members of the press.

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