I’ve been reading literary agent biographies and blogs in an attempt to narrow my search and find a few I think would be a good fit for my novel.
While researching, I found myself going on-line and doing searches for words and abbreviations that were totally foreign to me: MG, Dystopian, MS, Upmarket, and so on. I guess I still have a lot to learn.
At any rate, I thought I could save you some time by sharing a list of not so common words and abbreviations that I found during my research.
- MS: Abbreviation for manuscript (the plural being MSS).
- MG: Middle grade-ages 8-12.
- YA: Young adult-ages 12-18.
- NA: New adult: features a protagonist 18-25 and focuses on the first struggles of adulthood.
- Speculative Fiction: Fiction that encompasses supernatural, fantastical, or futuristic elements.
- Upmarket: Fiction with a commercial appeal (book clubs) particularly women’s fiction.
- Dystopian: A futuristic, imagined universe, in which oppressive societal control and the illusion of a perfect society are maintained through corporate, bureaucratic, technical, moral, or totalitarian control.
- Literary Fiction: Serious fiction, style and technique are often as important as the subject matter.
- Commercial Fiction: Written with the purpose of attracting as wide an audience as possible. It includes westerns, romance, mysteries, and horror genres.
I’m sure I missed a few. Who knew there were so many different categories?
I guess I’m old school. In my day it was westerns, romance, mysteries, comedies, and horror. Oh yeah, you can throw children books and youth in there as well.