#LevelUp: Book Community Terms You Need To Know

level up: blogging terms to know

Hello everyone!! So, like I announced last week, I have a new weekly blog series called “Level Up” where, every Sunday, I’d touch on a way to take your blog and/or business to the next level ;). Today, I figured we’d start off with learning some words and phrases that are frequently thrown around in the bookish community! There are for sure more technical terms we use but those will be discussed more in future Level Up posts (ooooh). For now, here are all the terms you should know….

General

  • #arcsfortrade: a hashtag started on Twitter mainly focused on allowing book lovers to trade ARCs they have and want to get rid of for ARCs they want; sometimes people trade ARCs for finished copies and vice versa, depending on what they want and have
  • #booksfortrade: a hashtag started on Twitter mainly focused on allowing book lovers to trade books they have and want to get rid of for books they want; is usually much cheaper than buying books; sometimes people trade books for ARCs or swag and vice versa, depending on what they want and have (find out more about books for trade here!)
  • #swagfortrade: a hashtag started on Twitter mainly focused on allowing book lovers to trade swag they have and want to get rid of for swag they want; sometimes people trade swag for finished copies or ARCs and vice versa, depending on what they want and have
  • ARC/ARE: Advanced Reading Copy; Advance Reader Copy; Advance Reader Edition (find out more about ARCs here!)
  • Blog hop: a loop between multiple bloggers where readers can quickly going through multiple blogs at one time by clicking through; typically used by/for street teams, giveaways and/or scavenger hunts
  • Blog tour: when several bloggers team up to each write a post centred around one (usually upcoming or just released) book; usually organized by either the book’s publicist/publisher or through a separate, 3rd party blog tour organizer
  • Book blogger: someone who blogs about books typically using an online platform like Weebly, WordPress, Blogger, Tumblr etc
  • Book haul: when you come into possession of multiple books within a specific period of time
  • Book tour: when authors tour various cities and promote their books at various bookstores/places
  • Bookstagram: a section of Instagram devoted to books
  • Bookstagrammer: someone whose Instagram is focused on books
  • Booktube: a section of YouTube devoted to books
  • Booktuber: a YouTuber whose channel focuses on books
  • DNF: did not finish
  • Fanart: fan-made art typically based on a book/movie/tv show the artist loves
  • Fangirl/fanboy: a person who likes/loves particular books, movies, tv shows etc
  • FC: finished copy
  • HB/HC: hardback/hardcover
  • IRL/RL: in real life/real life
  • MG: middle grade
  • NA: new adult
  • PB: paperback
  • Pre-order: when you buy a book before the book comes out so you can be one of the first to get your hands on the book when the release date passes
  • Recs: recommendations
  • Rep: representation
  • Stan: a more extreme version of a fangirl; is very obsessed with a specific book, movie, tv show etc
  • Swag: promotional items for books, tv shows and movies; examples include bookmarks, posters, tote bags, magnets, keychains, prints etc
  • TBR: to be read
  • Trope: a commonly reoccurring theme, cliche, motif etc; an example is the “there are two people but only one bed” scene in books with underlying romance
  • Unhaul: when you decide to give up multiple books at one time
  • WL: wishlist
  • YA: young adult

Conventions About/Involving Books

  • ALA: the acronym for the American Library Association but is also/mainly used to describe their conventions; usually happens twice a year, one in the summer and one in midwinter.
  • BEA: Book Expo (America); a convention for booksellers, librarians and authors; usually happens in the Javits Center in New York late May/early June
  • Book Con: a convention for all book lovers; usually happens in the Javits Center in New York late May/early June
  • National Book Festival: a free book festival hosted by the Library of Congress in Washington DC; usually happens in the fall in early September
  • NYCC: New York Comic Con; a convention in New York mainly focused on things to do with comics but also includes things for upcoming/popular movies, TV shows and books; usually happens in the Javits Center in the early fall
  • SDCC: San Diego Comic Con; a convention in San Diego mainly focused on things to do with comics but also includes things for upcoming/popular movies, TV shows and books; usually happens in late July
  • YALLFest: a festival for book lovers and authors; located at Blue Bicycle Books in Charleston, SC in early fall
  • YALLWest: the sister festival of YALLFest; located in Santa Monica, California in early spring

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Writing

  • Camp NaNoWriMo: a sister version of NaNoWriMo where writers of any genre pledge to write as much as they can (the goal is 50,000 words) in one month; is usually considered to happen in the summer months, however, any month except November can be called Camp NaNoWriMo
  • Marginalized: being of a social minority; examples include being Black, Asian, Arab, Desi, disabled etc
  • MS: manuscript
  • NaNoWriMo: National Novel Writing Month; writers of any genre pledge to write as much as they can (the goal is 50,000 words) in one month; happens in November
  • POC: people/person of colour
  • Pubbed: being published
  • Whitewash: when a character or person of colour is made to look whiter in fanart, movie, tv show etc
  • WIP: work in progress
  • WOC: women of colour

Aaaand that’s all the words you should be familiar with now to Level Up in the bookish community! So, congrats, you Leveled Up!! Whooo!!! Is there any word or phrase I missed that you wanna know more about/want me to add? Let me know in the comments below!

And, if you have any questions now or at any point in the Level Up series or if there’s something you generally or specifically want me to talk about, feel free to comment below, tweet me @AvidReaderBlog, or email me at avidreaderofficial@gmail.com! Thanks, have a great day/night, and tata for now!

Angel

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4 Comments on “#LevelUp: Book Community Terms You Need To Know

  1. This is a good post, very thorough! I think it’ll be a good source for anyone that needs a central place to look if they’re unsure about something. 🙂

    There’s one thing I’d like to point out: I believe in your entry Marginalized that “black” should be “Black”. I don’t remember where I read it, but it was something about how when speaking about people that the word should be capitalized, like how Arab, Desi, etc., are.

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