August 11, 2008
A Publishing Primer
Don't know your French flaps from your headbands? Here's a guide to the arcane terminology of the book world
When I taught a course about publishing last winter, I learned from my students that much of what I say when I talk about publishing is jargon. That was an unhappy realization because, as a writing teacher, I rail against coded language and shortcuts designed to let readers know that you are "in the club."
Until that course, it had never occurred to me how many terms of