Quick Quotes—The Week In Publishing


“I’ve been writing fiction for next to nothing for over 12 years. I’d like to say that I’m completely over the question of ‘What is the value of my life’s work within a capitalist framework?’ But, you know, I’d also like to say that I’m over the question of ‘Is my body attractive according to Western beauty standards?’ Some questions you can’t escape without becoming a full-time monk.”—Hannah Gersen at The Millions

“There is no better promotion for one good book than another good book. Write more books, book monkey.”—Chuck Wendig at Terrible Minds

“There’s only one way to overcome writer’s block. To just write something.”—Barack Obama at Politico 

MWABanner-B“Each of us with an affinity for the horror genre owes a debt of gratitude to Edgar Allan Poe that cannot be overstated. The man who arguably invented two profound literary forms—the modern horror story and the modern detective story—also accomplished something even more incredible. He forced people—serious people—to take horror seriously Edgar Allan Poeas a literary device worthy of study and criticism, and did so while simultaneously fighting to define an actual school of American Literature that hardly anyone at the time was willing to recognize.”—Hank Schwaeble at Grey Matter Press

“I’m not a fan of mysteries, so to prepare for this experience of writing a mystery I started reading the most successful ones in the market in 2012. … And I realized I cannot write that kind of book. It’s too gruesome, too violent, too dark; there’s no redemption there. And the characters are just awful. Bad people. Very entertaining, but really bad people.”—Isabel Allende in NPR’s The Two Way

“I’m not sure how to make this any clearer. You do not have permission to promote your book in B&N stores or interact with B&N customers in any way. If you do, you’ll be asked to leave. If you refuse to leave, the police will be called to escort you from the premises.”—David Thorne at 27bslash6.com

“I usually edit by day and write at night. Something about darkness and the idea that you have the world to yourself has always occurred to me as really cool. However, if my schedule only allows me to write during the day, that’s what I’ll do. As soon as I start working, I forget about what time of day it is.”—Henry Rollins at Copy Blogger

“Is your book about vampires? If so, you’ve made a classic blunder. Those books don’t sell.”—James Ziskin at San Francisco Book Review 


“Write the stories or books you want to write. Don’t worry about hitting the market because the market may be completely different by the time your work sees the light of day.”—Terrence McCauley at BadCitizenCorporation

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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