Publishing Vocab

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Editors, publishers and critics have their own industry-specific lexicon.

People in the industry are used to hearing words like “acclaimed” or saying that a book “brilliantly defies categorization,” but apparently this is only the surface level of description. Beyond the commonly used adjectives and phrases, there lies the truth—what they actually mean, decoded.


Sam Riley is an adult who works at McSweeney's. More from this author →