Like any other field of interest or vocation, writing has its own unique lingo. Acronyms and abbreviations abound. Newbies are often confused, but using abbreviations can speed communication between writers.
Here are some commonly used writerly abbreviations and words:
ARC: Advanced Reading/Review Copy; books handed out for promotional purposes before a book is released for general sale
BEA: BookExpo America; a North American event that showcases what's new in book publishing
BIC: Butt-In-Chair. Sitting down and actually writing, staying until progress is made
CP: critique partner (also can be called a beta reader or critter)
dialogue tag: labels of dialogue like "he said" and "she asked"
full request: request from an agent/editor asking to see a complete finished ms
go on sub: when a writer's agent submits a manuscript to editors/publishers
MC: main character
MG: middle grade fiction; books for readers 8-12, with pre-teen protagonists
ms or mss: manuscript, manuscripts. Also written as MS or MSS.
muse: provides inspiration to writers; can be a person or object--real or imaginary--but it can be a more abstract thing such as music.
NaNoWriMo: National Novel Writing Month. Where writers attempt a first draft of an entire novel in 1 month, writing freely w/o editing. This really helps writers if they have a hard time finishing a novel.
New Adult: novels with a protagonist who is post-high school, ages 18-25
partial request: request from an agent/editor asking to see sample chapters of a ms
PB: picture book; for readers ages 5-8
POV: Point of View; whoever is telling the story, filtered through their eyes
RWA: Romance Writers of America, for writers of romantic fiction (YA or adult)
SASE/SAE: self-addressed stamped envelope/self-addressed envelope. Sent with a ms submission to a publisher or editor in order to get the ms sent back.
SCBWI: the Society of Children's Book Writers & Illustrators; a helpful organization for writers used for networking, attending conferences, and other support. PBs up to YA.
Shiny New Idea (SNI/sni): a distracting and compelling idea for a new story idea, often while you're trying to work on another one
slush pile: unsolicited manuscripts at a publishing house or agency
sf&f: science fiction and fantasy
TAT: Turn-Around Time after submission, waiting for acceptance or rejection
The Call: when an agent calls a writer to offer representation (squee!)
WIP: work in progress; a current project a writer is focusing on
writer's block: where a writer sits to write and is unable to
YA: young adult fiction; books for readers 12-18, with teen protagonists
How many of these terms did you already know?
Can you add any other abbreviations or writerly lingo to this list?
Have any of the above tripped you up before, when you didn't know what they meant?