Toning Up, Toning Down: Tracking a Publishing Term of Art

“I’ve acknowledged that there were embellishments in the book, that I’ve changed things, that in certain cases things were toned up, in certain cases things were toned down…”
– James Frey on Larry King Live, January 11, 2006.

“I suppose I could have done that book… It would have been shocking and I could have gotten all kinds of attention, and I could have toned things up and toned things down.”
– Martha Sherrill, quoted by Edward Wyatt, in Memoir Becomes Novel, Secret Remains Secret, The New York Times, January 30, 2006.

Matt Haber

Toning Up, Toning Down: Tracking a Publishing Term of Art