Maybe you even have a novel or two that you want to publish. Even better!
By now, you have probably noticed that there are tons of writing groups online. There are also agents who blog about the publishing world. There is more knowledge and help for writers now than there ever was before. In other words, it’s a great time to be a writer.
The problem is, you have to know the language.
Industry professionals tend to speak a different language, and it is no different in the publishing world. Check out these tweets:
How much of that did you understand? I hope all of it, but it’s okay if you’re a little lost. That’s what I’m here for.
Today, I’m sharing a detailed list of writer’s acronyms. I have included a few publishing terms that you should know as well.
The most popular acronyms are in bold.
- ARC – Advanced Reader Copy
- BICHOK – Butt In Chair, Hands On Keyboard
- BL – Backlist
- BS – Back Story
- CB – Chapter Book
- CP – Critique Partner
- Crit: Critique
- EC – External Conflict
- ER – Easy Reader
- FF – Flash Fiction
- GMC – Goals, Motivation, Conflict
- HEA – Happily Ever After
- H/H – Hero/Heroine
- IM – Internal Monologue
- LI – Love Interest
- MC – Main Character
- MG – Middle Grade
- ML – Midlist
- MS – Manuscript
- NaNoWriMo – National Novel Writing Month
- NF – Non-Fiction
- OMNI – Omniscient Narrator
- OTT – Over The Top
- PB – Picture Book
- POD – Print On Demand
- POV – Point of View
- PW – Publisher’s Weekly
- RUE – Resist Urge to Explain
- RWA – Romance Writers of America
- SCBWI – Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators
- SF – Science Fiction
- SF/F – Science Fiction/Fantasy
- SNI – Shiny New Idea
- TBB – To Be Bought (a wishlist book item)
- TBR – To Be Released or To Be Read
- TSTL – Too Stupid to Live (refers to a character)
- WIP – Work In Progress
- WMH – Writer’s Market Handbook
- YA – Young Adult
Aaand, we’re not finished yet. There are a few terms tossed around the industry that you should know.
Full – Your entire manuscript, requested by an agent.
Partial – A sample of your manuscript, requested by an agent.
Query – A letter written to an agent asking them to consider your manuscript.
Have I missed any acronyms? Please let me know in the comments section below.Image courtesy of Graur Codrin / FreeDigitalPhotos.net