10 Minute Mentor – Talk the Writer Talk

9 Jun

People throw abbreviations around like crazy in the writing world. Some were obvious, but so many needed to be explained. And who wants to be the girl asking what those letters that everyone else seems to know mean. Here’s a quick run down of some of the first you’ll see tossed around:


ARC – Advanced Readers Copies. These are copies of a book that come up before it’s release date for promotion. Typically used to gain reviews and as giveaways.

Beta – A reader. Depending on the writer/reader relationship the type and amount of feedback varies

Black Moment – The Oh No! This has all gone terribly wrong! Now they’ll NEVER be together/Save the World/Solve the Problem! moment

CP – Critique Partner. Depending on the relationship, these people work on one another’s books critiquing and cleaning them up to make the manuscript the best story and product it can be

Deep POV – This is a whole lesson. Deep POV is sliding so far into the POV character’s head that you’re almost in first person in some ways. When I’m having problems with my 3rd person POV, I actually do write in 1st person for a while and then flip things and clean it up.

GMC – Goal, Motivation, Conflict – the most important things your story and characters need. Deb Dixon wrote the book on this. No, literally. She wrote the book. Go get it.

h/h – hero and heroine

HEA – Happily Ever After. As in, they’ve been through everything and overcome it and are a strong couple, they’re going to last. This is one of the tenets of Romance, so you’ll see this often.

HFN – Happy For Now. This is especially popular in books for teens as most teens are not going to live Happily Ever After with their high school prom date

MC – Main Character — not the guy at a wedding with the microphone 😉

ms – Manuscript. Some people use this in place of WIP, but typically a finished project

mss – Manuscripts plural

POV Point of View. Which character are you seeing the story through

WIP – Work In Progress. This is something you’re working on right now or that isn’t done.

YA – Young Adult. You’ll see people fighting the age bracketing on this, but I was taught: 12-18 (ignore the 65 year old women reading Twilight)

For a great dictionary of publishing terms, check out BookEnds blog. Jessica Faust keeps updating this source.

2 Responses to “10 Minute Mentor – Talk the Writer Talk”

  1. Scribereglyph June 9, 2010 at 7:54 pm #

    Great post!

  2. briaq June 9, 2010 at 7:55 pm #

    Hey stranger! *waves*

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