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    • #52160
      Jennifer Lawler
      Keymaster

      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

    • #61413
      Aime Sund
      Participant

      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.

      • #61738
        Jennifer Lawler
        Keymaster

        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.

      • #71517
        Rachel Poe
        Participant

        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.

      • #71555
        Jennifer Lawler
        Keymaster

        When I see ED in ads I am always disappointed to discover what they’re actually talking about.

    • #116869
      Nancy Disenhaus
      Participant

      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.

    • #117249
      Jennifer Lawler
      Keymaster

      ARC is the ms at the galley stage, so (typically) after copyediting but before the final proofread. Thanks for the addition to the list!

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