39 Acronyms Serious Writers Need to Know

graur codrinSo, you want to be a writer?

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.

  1. ARC – Advanced Reader Copy
  2. BICHOK – Butt In Chair, Hands On Keyboard
  3. BL – Backlist
  4. BS – Back Story
  5. CB – Chapter Book
  6. CP – Critique Partner
  7. Crit: Critique
  8. EC – External Conflict
  9. ER – Easy Reader
  10. FF – Flash Fiction
  11. GMC – Goals, Motivation, Conflict
  12. HEA – Happily Ever After
  13. H/H – Hero/Heroine
  14. IM – Internal Monologue
  15. LI – Love Interest
  16. MC – Main Character
  17. MG – Middle Grade
  18. ML – Midlist
  19. MS – Manuscript
  20. NaNoWriMo – National Novel Writing Month
  21. NF – Non-Fiction
  22. OMNI – Omniscient Narrator
  23. OTT – Over The Top
  24. PB – Picture Book
  25. POD – Print On Demand
  26. POV – Point of View
  27. PW – Publisher’s Weekly
  28. RUE – Resist Urge to Explain
  29. RWA – Romance Writers of America
  30. SCBWI – Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators
  31. SF – Science Fiction
  32. SF/F – Science Fiction/Fantasy
  33. SNI – Shiny New Idea
  34. TBB – To Be Bought (a wishlist book item)
  35. TBR – To Be Released or To Be Read
  36. TSTL – Too Stupid to Live (refers to a character)
  37. WIP – Work In Progress
  38. WMH – Writer’s Market Handbook
  39. 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
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3 thoughts on “39 Acronyms Serious Writers Need to Know”

  1. Such a cool list. I could’ve used this several years ago. Thanks for the post and good luck this month with #WriteMotivation.

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