This Twitter Glossary is designed to help writers navigate the fast-paced world of Twitter. Bookmark this page and jump over any time you see see a term you don’t recognize. This glossary will always be a work in progress; I will keep updating as I, too, discover new terms. Don’t see a term listed? Let me know via email or Twitter. Subscribe if you’d like to get updates in your email, or follow me on Twitter.

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10queries – agents explain why 10 queries in their slush pile were rejected or requested
12×12 – a support group for picture book writers
1st250
– Pitch party to get feedback on first 250 words of a manuscript
500queries – agents explain why 500 queries in their slush pile were rejected or requested

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A

Adpit – Pitch party for adult literature focused on querying
agenting – Agents doing what agents do
alaac – American Library Association Annual Conference
amblogging – People who are currently blogging
amediting – People who are currently editing
amqueryingWriters currently querying their manuscripts (mswl, amagenting, 10queries, etc. are for agents/editors talking about the query process)
amreading – People who are currently reading
amwriting – People who are currently writing
ARC – acronym for Advanced Reading Copy. ARCs are copies of a book sent to a select few prior to publication to build up buzz and collect reviews
AppetiteForWords – a literary event held in Stratford, ON
askagent – Agents answer questions (not for querying)
askauthor – Authors answer questions
authorchat – conversations between authors

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B

BAME – Black, Asian, and Minority Ethnic (term mainly used in U.K.)
BookBloggers
– People who blog about books
BookBoost
– books being promoted (usually new releases)
BookPortage – a Canadian ARC group

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C

Camp NaNoWriMo – A literary event organized by the Office of Letters and Light
CampNaNoAdvice – Advice related specifically to Camp NaNoWriMo
canlit – Canadian Literature
canlitpit – Pitch party for Canadian literature focused on querying
CarinaPitch – Pitch party by Carina Press focused on querying
clifi – climate fiction

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D

DiverseCanLit – Canadian literature by diverse voices
DV
 – Diverse voices (e.g. people of colour, people who identify as LGBTQ+, persons living with disabilities, and other minority voices)
DVpit – Pitch party for diverse voices focused on querying

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F

faithpitch – Pitch party for inspirational or Christian literature focused on querying
FireButtChallenge – an event where writing partners challenge each other to meet writing goals
FREEebook – It’s a free e-book for goodness sakes…get it!

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G

GetPublished – Tips for getting published
GUTGAA
– Pitch party (status unknown)

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H

HEA – Happily ever after

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I

indieauthors – referring to authors not represented by agents or traditional publishers
IARTG – a hashtag which allows your book promo to be retweeted by the Indi Author Retweet Group
IWSGpit – pitch party for various genres focused on querying (by Insecure Writer’s Support Group)

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K

kidlit – Children’s literature, including PB, Early Readers, MG, and YA
kidpit – Pitch party for children’s literature focused on querying
kisspitch – Pitch party for romance and erotica focused on querying

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L

LGBT – Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender. Sometimes includes other letters in the acronym or a plus sign to denote others who identify as on the LGBTQ+ spectrum

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M

MG – Middle grade category of literature
MSWL – agents describe what’s on their Manuscript Wish List

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N

NA – New adult category of literature
NaNoWriMo – National Novel Writing Month
NaPoWriMo – National Poetry Writing Month
nestpitch – Pitch party (status unknown)
neurodiverse – People or characters who are not “typical” in their mental capacity or thought processes (e.g. people with
NoQS – Pitch party (status unknown)
novel19s – a tag to promote novels debuting in 2019

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O

onwriting – quotes/musings about writing (and sometimes about Stephen King’s book of the same name)
ownvoices – perspective of protagonist matches that of the author

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P

PB – Picture book category of literature
PBpitch – Pitch party for PB focused on querying
peerpitch – Pitch party (status unknown)
pg70pit – Pitch party for various genres focused on querying
pit2pub – Pitch party for various genres focused on querying
pitchAmerica – Pitch party (status unknown)
pitchmas – A cancelled pitch party
pitchslam – Pitch party (status unknown)
Pitch party – a designated time when agents, editors, and/or publishers review pitches via author tweets
PitchWars – Mentoring program associated with pitmad
pitdark – Pitch party for “dark” manuscripts focused on querying
pitmad – Pitch party for various genres focused on querying
pitmatch – Pitch party (status unknown)
POC – People of colour
POCinpub – People of colour in publishing, usually used to spread awareness about the need for more people of colour in the publishing industry
pubtip – used to post publishing tips

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Q

QueryKombat – Pitch party for various genres focused on querying
querytip – Agents, editors and experienced queriers providing advice

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R

revpit – Pitch party focused on editing

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S

scifi – science fiction
screenwriting – posts related to screen writing
SCBWI – Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators
selfpub 
– Self-publishing
sonofapitch – Pitch party (status unknown)
SFF – science fiction/fantasy
Slush pile – Queries in an agent’s inbox
SundayBlogShare – Bloggers share their latest blog post (on a Sunday, of course)

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T

#TwitterLit – used to refer to the Twitter Literature community as a whole (e.g. not just writers, but editors, publishers, agents, etc.)

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W

WCNV – Contest for writing from color and native voices (status unknown)
Wepit – A cancelled pitch party
WeNeedDiverseBooks – an awareness hashtag promoting the need for more books by diverse authors
WIP – Work in progress
WriteMentor – Pitch party focused on mentoring
writemindset – a workshop series for writers
writerslife – writers doing what writers do
writerslift – used to request a boost in support/followers for a writer
writetip – used to post writing tips
writingcommunity – used to ask a question or request support from the writing community on Twitter
writingprompt – Prompts for writers
writingsprint – A short period of time set aside for writing, sometimes as a group
writingtip – Writing advice

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Y

YA – Young Adult category of literature

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