Quick Quotes—The Week in Publishing

rsz_screen_shot_2015-04-25_at_93043_amLots of great information out there this week in the writing and publishing world. Here are just a few of my favorite quotes and articles:

“What most writers have in common is desire. We want and want and want and want.”—Lev Raphael at Huffington Post

“The most frustrating part of my year of reading diversely was not being able to access e-books for works published in other countries. In the United States, five of the books on my 2014 reading list are not available through Amazon’s Kindle store.”—Sunili Govinnage at The Washington Post

When were you happiest?
Right now. I keep getting happier.”—James Ellroy at The Guardian

“Subscription e-book services are currently in a ‘chicken and egg’ period of initial growth.  On the one hand, they are a totally new way of consuming books, just as subscription services were a totally new way of consuming music when they were first introduced in the early 2000s.  On the other hand, the major trade publishers are not embracing the model as enthusiastically as the major record labels did, even though subscription music services are now firmly in the mainstream.”—Bill Rosenblatt at Forbes

rsz_screen_shot_2015-04-19_at_44611_pm“Writers are no longer vulnerable to the whims of the major publishing houses. Humans like good stories. Its wired in us. Genre classifications and all that are irrelevant. No boundaries.”—Craig T. McNeely at Bad Citizen Corporation

“Only idiots or snobs ever really thought less of ‘genre books’ of course. There are stupid books and there are smart books. There are well-written books and badly written books. There are fun books and boring books. All of these distinctions are vastly more important than the distinction between the literary and the non-literary.”—Stephen Marche at Esquire 

“Italian astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti is not just a space traveler, she’s apparently also a bibliophile who can’t bear to be apart from her books, even while living off planet Earth.”—Tariq Malik at Space.com

“Friends of mine have described the letdown they’ve experienced after publishing their first book. Each accomplishment is supposed to be IT, and yet there’s always another rung to climb, accompanied by the worry you’ll slip, or that you just can’t climb any higher.”—Lindsay Merbaum at Electric Literature


“Kickstarter is a phenomenal tool for building hype for whatever project you are currently working on. Sure, you can post about your work on Facebook and Twitter, take selfies of you crying and put them up on Instagram, or pen a vicious screed against whatever and slap it up on Tumblr. But none of those are guaranteed to get people involved like a Kickstarter campaign.”—J. David Osborne at Broken River Books blog

S.W. Lauden is a writer and drummer living in Los Angeles. His short fiction has been accepted for publication by Out of the Gutter, Criminal Element, Akashic Books, Spelk Fiction, Shotgun Honey and Crimespree Magazine. His novella, CROSSWISE, and his debut novel, BAD CITIZEN CORPORATION, will be published in 2015 and 2016.

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