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Open book 1

I collected some famous quotes on publishing.  Whether the quotes are inspirational or disheartening is up for debate.  Here they are:

“Nothing stinks like a pile of unpublished writing.” -Sylvia Plath

“Publishing is a business. Writing may be art, but publishing, when all is said and done, comes down to dollars.” -Nicholas Sparks

“The publishing world is very timid. Readers are much braver.”- Kiran Desai

“Trade book publishing is by nature a cottage industry, decentralized, improvisational, personal; best performed by small groups of like-minded people, devoted to their craft, jealous of their autonomy, sensitive to the needs of writers and to the diverse interests of readers.” -Jason Epstein

“To write what is worth publishing, to find honest people to publish it, and get sensible people to read it, are the three great difficulties in being an author.”- Charles Caleb Colton

“Because publishing is becoming more business-oriented each day with more examination of the bottom line, it’s harder to break out than ever.” -Nicholas Sparks

“If publishers and editors exert themselves to keep certain topics out of print, it is not because they are frightened of prosecution but because they are frightened of public opinion.  In this country intellectual cowardice is the worst enemy a writer or journalist has to face, and that fact does not seem to me to have had the discussion it deserves.” -George Orwell

“It doesn’t matter how good or bad the product is, the fact is that people don’t read anymore. … Forty per cent of the people in the US read one book or less last year. The whole conception is flawed at the top because people don’t read anymore.” -Steve Jobs

“Agents and publishers only want one thing – good writing.” -Jasper Fforde

“Except for a few small presses, most publishers are north of Ground Zero.” -Richard Curtis

M. J. Mandoki