Quiz: How many of these writing acronyms do you know?
Who’s the MC in my WIP?
If you are new to the #WritingCommunity ✌️, you may be really confused. I know I was. If you get a FR for your MS, is it because you have a great MC or an HEA? Initially, I had no clue what these Twitter masters were trying to say—and there’s no quicker way to feel like a novice than when someone says they love PBs… and you say, you prefer yours with jelly.
There are a ton of acronyms, abbreviations, and hashtags that pertain to all things writing, book blogging, and publishing—and it can certainly be overwhelming right off the bat. So, to save you some head scratching and self-doubt, I’ve compiled a list of some industry terms that I’ve come across most often. If you’re looking for more than what I have here, be sure to check out the links I’ve provided below.
Hold up! Wanna test your skills and see how many terms you actually know? Before you scan the list below, take my quiz (via Google Forms) by clicking the pink button below.
Common acronyms for writers
1S = One Sit (when you finish a book in one sitting)
ARC = Advanced Reader’s Copy (before a book is officially release, the author/team may send out ARC to popular book reviewers and critics to up the hype)
CP = Critique Partner
CNR = Closed No Response (when you close a query because you’ve received no response from them within the time noted on the agency’s website)
DNF = Did Not Finish (a book you didn’t finish reading—maybe you didn’t want to or maybe you didn’t have time)
EQ = Emailed Query (an abbreviation typically used on Query Tracker to document when someone queried an agent via email (vs. snail mail))
ER = Emailed Rejection (Sorry, bad news for you. An ER is when an agent sends you a rejection email.)
FR = Full Request (Hooray! An agent is requesting to read your full manuscript!)
GN = Graphic Novel
GR = Goodreads (as in the website, if you don’t have an account, get one pronto!)
HC = Hard Cover
HEA = Happily Ever After (as in Cinderella)
LI = Love Interest
MC = Main Character
MG = Middle Grade (books for 8-12 year olds)
MS = Manuscript (MSS = Manuscripts)
MSWL = Manuscript Wishlist (when an agent lists what kinds of manuscripts they’re looking for)
NA = New Adult (an emerging genre geared toward a college-aged audience)
OTP = One True Pairing (this is the couple (like Edward and Bella, like Ariel and Prince Eric) that you want to be together)
PB = Picture Book or Paperback (depends on the context)
PNR = Paranormal Romance
POV = Point of View (this one should be obvious)
PR = Partial Request (Great news! The agent wants to you to send a certain number of pages, chapters, etc. over to them!)
RI = Romantic Interest
SF/F = Science Fiction/Fantasy (SF/F because these two genres are typically grouped together)
StS = Stacking the Shelves
UF = Urban Fantasy (fantasy set in cities and urban environments)
WIP = Work In Progress (Often times, you’ll see #WIP along with #amwriting on Twitter. Your manuscript isn’t done yet—but you’re working hard!)
YA = Young Adult (books for 13-18 year olds)
Looking for more?
“A Book Blogger’s Guide to Acronyms, Terms, and Slang” from Feed Your Fiction Addiction
“50 Twitter Hashtags for Writers” from Self-Publishing Authors Podcast
“A Crash Course in Bookish Acronyms” from Book Riot
“13 Useful Writing Acronyms” from The Success Manual