New Author Acronyms

Last week the Oxford English Dictionary (OED) added a bunch of new words to their august tome. What made news is that four of the words aren’t words at all but acronyms that have crept into our everyday communication via the Internet. “Words” like LOL, OMG, BFF, and IMHO.

In honor of this auspicious occasion I thought it would be fun to see if we can find other acronyms that should become part of our language, if for no other reason, because of their frequent use.

IHMM (I Hate My Manuscript) – A common cry of every writer while in the midst of the creative process. Self-doubt and lack of confidence create this acronym.

INMT (I Need More Time) – Deadlines should be carved in stone, but are often sketched in pencil. Ask any editor what frustrates them the most and missed deadlines will be in their top five.

GMMM (Get Me More Money) – A universal acronym for all who write for a living.

DQYDJ (Don’t Quit Your Day Job) – See the above acronym.

HOGR (Harbinger of Grim Reality) – Pronounced “ogre.” After hearing my presentation on the state of the publishing industry at a writers conference this acronym was conferred on me by Thomas Umstattd. Despite the appellation I hired his firm to redesign this web site.

ILMA (I Love My Agent) – Ah, sweet mystery of life. The rarest of acronyms. Much more desirable than the alternate…BSP (Blood-Sucking Parasite).

What acronym can you create to add to our version of the OED?


16 Responses to New Author Acronyms

  1. Richard Mabry March 29, 2011 at 6:57 am #

    Oh, Steve. I’m ROFLOL. Surely you’re not the HOGR. You’re more the POPF (Prophet of Publishing Future, pronounced “popoff.”)
    Thanks for sharing. I’ll be laughing the rest of the day.

  2. A.C.Townsend March 29, 2011 at 7:03 am #

    IGT (In God’s Time) – This is a great DR (Discouragement Rebuttal). Discouragement is one of satan’s favorite tools, as it keeps many Christians from succeeding by convincing them that it is pointless to even try.

    Thanks, Mr. Laube. Have a blessed and beautiful day!

    ~ Angela

  3. Robin Caroll March 29, 2011 at 7:09 am #

    Oh, Steve…you left out what Susie, Tosca and I call you: HP. LOLOLOLOLOL

  4. V.V. Denman March 29, 2011 at 7:26 am #

    Sorry, I can’t think of any acronyms to add to your list. I’m laughing too hard. Thanks for the smile!

  5. Katherine Hyde March 29, 2011 at 8:13 am #

    How about:
    GTMTWT—God Told Me To Write This
    MMNNE—My Manuscript Needs No Editing
    TWIRFMB—The World Isn’t Ready For My Book

  6. Sue Harrison March 29, 2011 at 9:40 am #

    Today I’m ISBWRSB – I Should Be Writing Not Reading Steve’s Blog! But laughter is good for the soul, right?

  7. M.E. Anders March 29, 2011 at 5:08 pm #

    Thanks for cracking a smile on my face – only lit agents/pubs/authors are privy to these acronyms, eh? 🙂

  8. Marti Pieper March 29, 2011 at 8:11 pm #

    The one I hear from many first-time authors: BUTTPW (But I Thought the Publisher Would ______________ )

    The one I wish I’d known about almost any aspect of publishing: HUAW (Hurry Up and Wait).

    The go-to quote when someone challenges our publishing-related actions: BSLS (But Steve Laube Says ________).

  9. Judith Robl March 29, 2011 at 8:37 pm #

    SLILY! (Steve Laube, I love you, – or at least your blog) Thanks for the laughter and the perspective.

  10. Mary Jo Tate March 29, 2011 at 8:55 pm #

    MMIE – My Market Is Everyone

  11. Christine Long March 30, 2011 at 3:31 am #

    FSEAHS – This most dreaded acronym sends fear pulsing through the veins of every writer. It stands for Found Spelling Error After Hitting Send.

    Thank you for the laugh this morning!

    • Steve Laube May 1, 2011 at 7:14 pm #

      I am guilty of this one all the tim…

  12. Peter DeHaan March 30, 2011 at 5:06 am #

    I almost fell victim to the opposite of DQYDJ: QYDJ

    The one I would add is: SoTP. It stands for “Sick of This Project,” which is where I am right now.

    It is often accompanied by WINE: “Will it Never End”

  13. Lisa Hall-Wilson March 30, 2011 at 6:44 pm #

    haha – very funny.
    What about:

    DRTBR: Don’t Respond To Bad Reviews
    Watched an author swirlie their writing career by commenting on a blog review this month. Yikes.

  14. Steve Laube March 30, 2011 at 7:02 pm #

    I love it! You guys are very creative!

    BTW & FYI I’ll BRB w/a new blog post L8R.




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