Archive for January, 2011

Chute on rejections

There’ve been many, many rejections. If you want to write it your own way, that’s the chance you take.–Marchette Chute

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Herford on manuscripts

Manuscript: something submitted in haste and returned at leisure.–Oliver Herford

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Rexroth on poetry

I’ve had it with these cheap sons of bitches who claim they love poetry but never buy a book.–Kenneth Rexroth

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Ecclesiastes on books

Of the m aking of books, there is no end.–Ecclesiastes, 12

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Graves on how books support his poetry writing

Prose books are the show dogs I breed and sell to support my cat.–Robert Graves

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Wells on agents

In the past I was not so wise as I am now; I left nearly all my business to an agent. I am still encumbered with his slovenly and disadvantageous agreements.–H.G. Wells

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Shaw on publishing

An author who gives a manager or publisher any rights in his work except those immediately and specifically required for its publication or performance is for business purposes an imbecile. As 99 per cent of English authors and 100 per cent American ones are just such imbeciles, managers and publishers make a practice of asking […]

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Cheever on “the little writing death”

One not only writes a book. One lives it. Upon completing it there are certain symptoms of death.–John Cheever

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Kazin on why writers write

In a very real sense, the writer writes in order to teach himself, to understand himself, and to satisfy himself; the publishing of his ideas, though it brings satisfactions, is a curious anticlimax.–Alfred Kazin

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Shaw on value in writing

The fact is that the intrinsic worth of the book, play or whatever the author is trying to sell is the least, last factor in the whole transaction. There is probably no other trade in which there is so little relationship between profits and actual value, or into which sheer chance so largely enters.–George Bernard […]

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