AE = acquisitions editor (usually your contact person when working for publishers)
CE = copy editor/copyediting
DE = developmental editor/developmental editing
dev editor/editing = developmental editor/editing
ms = manuscript
mss = manuscripts
Hi, I see AU a lot in forums and haven’t been able to figure that one out- Author something, I know, but a u-word is escaping me.
AU just means author (from the first two letters of the word). It comes from making queries, where queries directed to the author are AU, those directed to the editor are ED, to layout/production are PROD and so on.
I guess I read too much sci-fi – every time I see AU I think alternate universe, and there’s a moment of confusion (and sometimes excitement) before I realize AU just means author.
When I see ED in ads I am always disappointed to discover what they’re actually talking about.
I just came upon another abbreviation that’s new to me: ARC, which means Advance Review Copy. I think it implies this version will go out to reviewers sans proofreading, and possibly before the CE process as well–not sure about that.
ARC is the ms at the galley stage, so (typically) after copyediting but before the final proofread. Thanks for the addition to the list!