Author Lingo Quiz

It all started with hash marks, as every great obsession does.

#amwriting, #pubtip, #querychat and #goodtimelisa are things Twitter users dreamed up as a way to connect with like-minded people, colleagues and strangers (some of them deeply strange). It seems if you use a “hash tag” in front of text you think other people are interested in, may become interested in, or otherwise stumble upon (a whole other topic), “followers” will find and follow you. And really, who doesn’t want to be the Pied Piper? I’d like to thank Layinda for putting us on the hash tag phenomenon. Thanks for getting us hooked on hash, Layinda!

This got me to thinking about writer lingo in general. The only way to be truly hip and professional is to know that the word ‘hip’ went out about forty years ago. Meanwhile, it’s good to learn the language, the ins and outs of the publishing biz, the secret handshakes. (The Lisas prefer a modified chest bump to shaking hands.)

Here then are several common words and abbreviations used in Author Terminology 101. See how many of them you can identify. Can you think of others? Scoring: 0-2 barely literate;  3-5 you’ll never get beyond mid-list;  6+ you’re a Pulitzer Prize shoe-in! (Answers below – don’t peek.)

1.) WIP

2.) MS

3.) SOTP

4.) Plotter

5.) MC

6.) Steampunk

7.) YA

1. work in progress 2. manuscript 3. (writing by) seat of the pants 4. opposite of SOTP 5. main character 6. sub-genre of sci-fi/fantasy w/historic elements (see The Envy Chronicles; Firefly) 7. young adult genre


8 responses to “Author Lingo Quiz

  1. Huh – and to think I THOUGHT I was very literate!

  2. I got all but SOTP, which I am familiar with as “panster” (vs. a plotter).

    Glad to get you onboard with hashtags – they make Twitter a little more user friendly. 🙂

  3. We are pansters extrodinaire, but oh to be a plotter! We dream of it at night.

  4. SOTP=Son of the Pig I’m just sure of it. So, okay, I’m not as literate as I thought.

    My goal for the day is to use hashtags everywhere. Here goes: #amalreadyreadyforkidstogobacktoschool.

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