Every publisher’s website lists all the acronyms for their genres.  Do you know what they are?  What they mean?


MM = Male/Male (kinda self explanatory)

FF = Female/Female (again self explanatory)

Now, here come the tricky ones.

MFM = Male/Female/Male – but the reason it’s tricky is the location of the “F”.  This means then woman is the center of attention, the men do not have sex with each other.

MMF = Male/Male/Female – this is the menage, where the woman is having sex with both men, but the men also have sex with each other.

FFM = Female/Female/Males – this is two girls and a guy, and the girls have sex with each other as well as the guy.

GLBT = Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgendered – self explanatory – girl on girl, boy on boy action. 

BDSM = Bondage and Discipline (BD), Dominance and Submission (DS), Sadism and Masochism (SM)- this usually involves (to varying degrees) whips, spanking, handcuffs, pain play, etc…

CFNM = Clothed Female, Naked Man – I just discovered this one.  This is more of a Dominatrix with a male slave type story.

HEA = Happily Ever After – this will indicate whether the story has a happy ending.

HFN = Happy for Now – this indicates that they don’t necessarily end up together permanently, but are happy for now.  Sometimes this is used in consecutive connected books with a final HEA at the end of the series.

D/s = Dom and sub.

Yaoi = is a Japanese word, which is actually an acronym from the Japanese “YAma nashi, Ochi nashi, Imi nashi”, which means “no climax, no point, no meaning”.   Yaoi tends to involve graphic sex, often with little or no plot. The female equivalent is yuri.

I’m sure there are more, so feel free to add to the list. These are just the major ones I’ve come across making covers.

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