Aug 26 2011

Publishing Cliches Decoded!

Published by at 7:37 am under The Publishing Industry

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.”

8 responses so far

8 Responses to “Publishing Cliches Decoded!”

  1. steton 26 Aug 2011 at 7:46 am

    Ha! My favorite is:

    “a writer to watch”: “as opposed to one you are actually going to want to read”

  2. Kelley Eskridgeon 26 Aug 2011 at 9:26 am

    Glad you liked it, and thanks for the h/t. I am crushing on your site — so much great stuff here for writers. And I learned all about hostage negotiating!

  3. B. Macon 26 Aug 2011 at 10:30 am

    If you’re interested in hostage situations, I’d recommend the Detective/Crime category.

  4. Chihuahua0on 26 Aug 2011 at 1:49 pm

    I like the definition for “I’ve been a fan of Author X for a long time” the best. It got a giggle out of me.

  5. Contra Gloveon 26 Aug 2011 at 3:05 pm

    Dang, pretty harsh. I wonder if they actually mean this stuff, though I have a sneaking suspicion that they do.

  6. The ReTARDISed Whovianon 26 Aug 2011 at 4:46 pm

    Haha, I like this one best.

    “classroom-friendly”: “kids won’t read it unless they have to”

    I eventually want to write something like that, just so I can have my go at torturing high schoolers. 😉

  7. Brian McKenzie (B. Mac)on 27 Aug 2011 at 12:42 am

    I agree 100% with “ripped from the headlines” –> “no original plot content.”

  8. Jonie Legaspion 27 Aug 2011 at 7:47 pm

    An addition:

    The Best Book Of The Year!!: Published before April.

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