Sunday Surprise

And since I don’t have anything new to say, some writers’ wisdom for you. Have a great Sunday! 🙂

So let’s stop listing “to be published by National” as our goal. Let’s go back to the stories and the characters that drew us into this genre in the first place, to that mad rush and flow of creativity that has nothing to do with contracts and sell-throughs and bestseller lists. Let’s be the writers we’re dying (and living) to be, not the writers somebody else thinks we should be. Let’s stop looking for the bicycle and concentrate on the swim; let’s resist the institution because we’re not ready to be locked up.

Jennifer Crusie

The product is the story.  Not the book, not the eBook, not the audio book.  The Story.

The consumer is the reader.  Not the bookstores, the platform, the distributor, the sales force.  The Reader.

Authors produce story.  Readers consume story.  If anyone is in the path between Author and Reader they must add value to that connection.

Bob Mayer

The world doesn’t  know, or care, about the problems in the publishing industry. The average reader doesn’t care about the DOJ suit, or the AAR and Authors Guild selling us out, or Harlequin screwing writers, or authors behaving badly.
They simply want good books to read.
Those books won’t get written if we’re all on Twitter 24/7 condemning on another, or blogging incessantly, or spending all of our time pouring over Amazon reviews trying to uncover which are legit and which aren’t (seriously, how fucking pathetic is that?)
Now I’m going to unplug for a bit and get some writing done. Which is what we all should be doing.
Joe Konrath

“I always tell wannabe writers not to read too much in the field where they work. Obviously you need to keep in touch, but a deep knowledge of the Old West or world history stands you in better stead than a shelf of other people’s fantasy books. Import, don’t recycle. That’s actually wisdom, that is.”
– Terry Pratchett, author of the Discworld books, in an interview at

I don’t think serious writers have any business internalizing the slogans and generalizations of industry. To me it is entirely destructive to their work. It can only result in the censorship of the imagination – because something does not fit easily within a genre, or will be too complex for the imagined audience, etc. It is precisely in the moments when one is surprised by one’s own writing, or fearful of its implications, that one reaches into spaces that are interesting and enduring.

Rana Dasgupta, author of Tokyo Cancelled, on putting books into boxes

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  1. Some great quotes 🙂



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