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Aug 26 2011

Publishing Cliches Decoded!

I provide advice about how to write novels, comic books and graphic novels. Most of my content applies to fiction-writing in general, but I also provide articles specifically about superhero stories.

I found this Devil’s Dictionary of publishing terms dangerously amusing.  (Hat-tip: Kelley at Sterling Editing).   Here are some examples.

  • “brilliantly defies categorization” –>”not even the author has an idea what he’s written.”
  • “continues in the proud tradition of J.R.R. Tolkien” –>”this book has a dwarf in it.”
  • “edgy” –> “contains no adult voices of reason.”
  • “wildly imaginative” –> “author was high on mescaline.”
  • “ripped from the headlines” –> “no original plot content.”

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