Common publishing abbreviations

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    A list of publishing abbreviations

    [s] - Shelved

    OP - Original Poster

    OT - Off Topic

    MMPB / PB - Mass-Market Paperback; sized: 4.25"x6.75"

    TPB - Trade Paperback; larger than mmpb, but softbound; common sizes: 5.5"x8.5" & 6"x9"

    GN - Graphic Novel; art & (almost always) text; often a compilation of individual comic book issues; called a trade paperback (usually softbound)

    HC - Hardcover; most common size is Octavo (8vo): 5"x8" -> 6"x9"

    eBk - an eBook / digital format (eg: .epub)

    OoP / OOP / OP - Out of Print -- OP is generally used to refer to the Original Poster (or requester) who is looking for the book. (see above)

    POD - Print on Demand

    ARC - Advance Reading Copy

    BC / BCE - Book Club Edition

    ToC - Table of Contents

    short - short story (often including novellas)

    NA - New Adult (often: collage setting/ages)

    YA - Young Adult (often: high school setting/ages)

    MG - Middle Grade

    Juv / Juve / Juvies - Juvenile

    MC - Main Character (has also been: Motorcycle Club)

    Protag - Protagonist

    H & h - Hero and heroine; (very often capitalization denotes gender), sometimes used separately in desc. eg: H has baby with OW, h files for divorce.

    pov - Point of View

    POC - Person of colour

    ISO - In Search Of... [X]

    NF - Non-fiction

    SF / SciFi / scifi - Science Fiction

    SF&F - Science Fiction and Fantasy

    Fant / FN- Fantasy

    Cont - Contemporary

    UF - (contemporary) Urban Fantasy

    Rom / RO / (once RMC) - Romance

    PnR / PNR - Paranormal Romance

    H.Rom - Historical Romance

    R.Rom - Regency Romance

    H.Fic / Hist Fic / HF - Historical Fiction

    Hor / HR - Horror

    Susp - Suspense/Thriller

    MS - Mystery and Suspence - also, Manuscript

    RF - Realistic fiction

    AA - Action and Adventure

    Hum /HM - Humor

    SP - Speculative Fiction

    TH - Thriller

    UR - Urban

    MF - Misc. Fiction

    TT - scifi: Time Travel

    PUniv / PUni - scifi: Parallel Universe(s) / Crosstime

    A.Hist - scifi: Alternate history

    ESP - Extra-Sensory Perception; often used to inc. other psionic powers

    were / shifter - limited shape-changing; like a werewolf - but usually inc. other animals/beasts; eg: were-dragon, were-tiger, were-bear

    OCD - Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder

    BDSM - Bondage (/Discipline) Domination (/Submission) Sadism/Masochism

    SSC - BDSM: Safe/Sane/Consensual (most books have a statement)

    GLBT / LBGT / (etc) - Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender

    M/M / MM / mm - Rom: Gay Male-to-Male

    mmf - Rom: Male-Female-Male love triangle; implied homosexual interaction (mm), instead of just a menage-a-trois.

    mfm - Rom: Male-Female-Male love triangle; hetero-only; implied sleeping together, instead of just a triangle (serial interactions only).

    ff - Rom: Lesbian

    OW - (typically Rom) Other Woman

    moc - (typically Rom) Marriage of Convenience

    HEA - happily ever after

    HFN - happy for now

    TSTL - (often Rom) too Stupid to live

    OTT - Over the top

    WIP - Work in Progress

    TBR - To Be Read (pile, shelf, etc); books which a person is intending to read sometime 'soon'.

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