Thursday, May 7, 2015

Acronyms and Abbreviations of the Literary World

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Publishing, like any profession, has its own jargon which can seem dense, confusing, and even malodourous at times.  It's important before you attempt any literary endeavors to understand what exactly agents and publishers are looking for.  You'd look awfully foolish if an agent was asking for SFF (Science Fiction and Fantasy) and you sent in your Serialized Foot Fetish novel, wouldn't you?  In the spirit of keeping you informed, Across The Board Writers Blog now presents a handy list of some common:


MS - Manuscript
WC - Word Count
MSWL - Manuscript Wish List
BBB - Burn, Baby, Burn
K - Thousand
SFF - Serialized Foot Fetish
ALA - American Library Association
ISBN - International Standard Book Number
DDAW - Dat Dank Ass Weed
ASIN - Amazon Standard identification Number
MSRP - Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price
UPC - Universal Product Code
KTJKTA - Kill Them, Jimmy.  Kill Them All.
STEM - Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics
IYCJ - Ignore Your Conscience, Jimmy.
PITR - Pain Is Their Reward
SRMJ - Stop Resisting Me, Jimmy.
TOWTMTVSITMTA - The Only Way to Make the Voices Stop is to Murder Them All
ARC - Advanced Reading Copy
BITB - Bathe In Their Blood
DTAWYSITBP - Don't Tell Anyone What You See In This Blog Post
CP - Critique Partner
YHBTPH - You Have Become the Perfect Horror
NOWBY - No One Will Believe You
GATTABTYTDI - Go Ahead, Tell Them a Blog Told You To Do It
SHFTGY - See How Far That Gets You
AITNTW - Alone in the Nuthouse, That's Where
SASE - Self-Addressed, Stamped Envelope
IAYOFN - I Am Your Only Friend Now
ITYNTCMS - I Told You Not To Call Me Satan
WIP - Work In Progress
BMNIJ - Because My Name Is Jimmy

And there you have it!  Hopefully from now on you'll be able to tell your ASINs from your ISBNs and impress all of your author friends.  Notice any literary abbreviations I missed?  Stick 'em in the comments below!  After all, YOLO (You Only Live Once), LOL (Laughing Out Loud!)


Kimberly G. Giarratano said...

Here's one: CWMBIC -- Can't write my baby is crying.

Stephen Kozeniewski said...

Ha ha! That's pretty rough.

Carrie Beckort said...

You forgot PoV - Point of View. Or it maybe it stands for Party on Vacation. No wait, I think it's supposed to be P****ed off Villain. Or is it Pirate on Vodka?

Stephen Kozeniewski said...

I really appreciate your's the's not "input"...sort of like "perspective" but not exactly...ah, I can't think of it. But thanks anyway, Carrie!

Jonathan Schramm said...

How 'bout MC (Main Character)? People use that one a ton. Nice list. SFF, huh? LMAO!

Stephen Kozeniewski said...

ISWYDT, Jonathan!

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