Welcome back everyone to another #SensualSunday post. I thought this week I would do up a post with some of the most common abbreviations and words you may come across in your writing career. This list is definitely not the total of it all, there are more than I can remember, and ones that I come across each day that I end up have to look up to figure out what the ever loving heck someone is talking about/referring to. But it’ll get you started. I should also mention that I’ve avoided putting in all the Texting slang although it was a close thing because it’s amazing how many editors I’ve had that have used the slang in their comments.
- HEA – Happily Ever After
- HFN – Happy For Now (often used in serials)
- FF – Female Female, lesbian relationship
- MF – Male Female, heterosexual relationship
- MM – Male Male, gay relationship
- MFM, MMF, MMFM, MFMM, FFM, FMF – Multiple partner relationship (can vary, and be mixed up many ways), also often referred to as Ménage
- MFM – Both males are sexually active with the female, but do not touch one another
- MMF – Both males are sexually active with one another, but also include a female partner
- ARC – Advanced Reader Copy, also Advanced Review Copy
- BDSM – an overlapping abbreviation meaning: Bondage and Discipline (BD), Dominance and Submission (DS), Sadism and Masochism (SM)
- Erotic* – A work that leans toward the story more than the mechanics of sex, or the characters sexual antics; Still has plenty of sex
- Erotica* – A work that leans more to the sexual heat, hungers, desires, actions of the characters than the story of how they met, their interests, etc.; Mostly sex less getting to know one another
- Mainstream – Stories with no, or little sexual heat/activities; They can appeal to a wider audience unlike some other genres
- MC – Main Character (not to be confused with MC Romance, or Motorcycle Club Romance)
- MS – Manuscript
- NA** – New Adult, a term for stories that usually are focused on the 18-30 age group, some publishers may refer to it as “Mainstream”
- POV – Point Of View
- PRN – Paranormal
- R&R – Review & Rewrite, meaning your work requires some tweaks/fixes prior to resubmitting and possible acceptance, this is NOT a refussal to publish the work
- Serial – A single story broken down into pieces/individual books
- Series – Each book is a completed work, but the same characters carry through the other books
- SFF – Sci-Fi/Fantasy
- TBC – To Be Continued
- TBD – To Be Decided
- TSTL – Too Stupid To Live, usually (like 99.99999999999% of the time) refers to the story’s heroine we all want to see fall down an elevator shaft while strapped to a C-4 packet on a short fuse
- WIP – Work In Progress, the story you’re currently working on
- YA** – Young Adult, a term for stories that usually are focused on the12-18 age group
* The distinction is very fine between Erotic and Erotica. Each publisher, and third party site selling your books has it’s own definition. For example Amazon® changed their definition between the two roughly a year or so ago putting a lot of us Erotic Romance authors into the Erotica category on their site, and thus hiding our Adult content safely away from the masses. We’re still pissed about this one FYI, but it’s the almighty Zon and therefore we authors have zero say in the matter. Or anything else they do on the site.
** Both the NA and the YA may have different guidelines governing them depending on your publisher. If you are an Indie, do your research into the genre you’re working in to ensure you don’t overstep any boundaries where it ends up with a classification you didn’t want. Some YA works fall into the category due to the lack of sexual content, and the same can be said for the NA. From what I’ve found (to date), these categories are usually based on the subject matter within the story. Things like loss, coming of age, those first steps into adulthood, etc.
While there are many more, and likely even more to come in the years ahead, this is a damn fine start to help you out. If you have another term you’ve used/had used in reference to your works please feel free to leave it in the comments and I’ll update the list to keep it current. We can all use this list from time to time I’m sure.
For some other fun new author acronyms, check out Steve Laube’s post. Both funny, and useful.
XO Moira Callahan