Quick Quotes—The Week In Publishing

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“Fret not: your hardbound books and loose-leaf paper are not under threat. But there’s simply no use clinging to the past when there’s a glut of free resources available to writers at the click of a button.”—Writer’s Circle

“The American Book Association reports that since 2009, the number of independent stores has increased by 27 percent. This good news is somewhat tempered by that fact that while the numerical increase brings the number of locations up from 1,651 to 1,971, this still pales compared with the nearly 4,000 independent stores in operation during the 1990s.”—Jim Raftus at Providence Journal

“Genre is a classification system, subject to change over time and based on trends.”—Brooke Warner at Huffington Post Books

“In most respects, writing for private clients is like working on any other book. One difference, though, is that instead of trying to imagine what my audience might find compelling, or debating some of the contents with editors and publishers, I now had a direct line to the readers.”—William Novak at New York Times

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—Angel Luis Colon at Bad Citizen Corporation

“What truly makes Heinlein one of the great, foundational figures of modern science fiction is his intellectual curiosity, and his willingness to question life and society through his writing. His work in social science fiction was informed by a complex response to culture, and he insisted on following his ideas wherever they took him—even when that meant going against popular opinion or risking book sales.”—Leah Schelbach at Tor

“Before you are close to wrapping up the current novel, begin to think about the next one, and start writing it as soon as you can. When the current novel is released, you should be working on the next. This is your best defense against a void being created as the present excitement dies down.”—Kwei Quartey

“If you like to read, we’ve got some news for you. The second-half of 2015 is straight-up, stunningly chock-full of amazing books.”—The Great Second-Half 2015 Book Review at The Millions 

S.W. Lauden’s short fiction has been accepted for publication by Out of the Gutter, Criminal Element, Dark Corners, Dead Guns Magazine, Akashic Books, WeirdBook, Spelk Fiction, Shotgun Honey and Crimespree Magazine. His debut novel, BAD CITIZEN CORPORATION, will be published in October 2015. His novella, CROSSWISE, will be published by Down & Out Books in 2016.

Quick Quotes—The Week In Publishing

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“Brilliant one-of-a-kind artists sometimes never find the recognition they deserve because Lady Luck didn’t happen to smile down at the right moment. In fact, they fail to be recognized more often than not.”—Brian Panowich at Writer’s Digest

“I await the day when the compulsion to sort every cultural artifact that comes along into the proper genre category — dismissing a movie because it’s “just a horror film” or a book because it’s “just a Y.A. novel” — becomes as déclassé as it’s rapidly becoming to categorize and dismiss people on the basis of their gender identity or sexual orientation.”—Dana Stevens at New York Times

“All writing begins with an idea, but the process between that initial spark and a finished draft can vary considerably dependent on the finished product’s purpose.”—Leah Dearborn at LitReactor

“I believe that books find you when you need them most.”—Michelle Brafman at L.A. Review of Books

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Anthony Neil Smith at Bad Citizen Corporation

“Writing is a solitary act. I think that’s why there’s a certain type attracted to the art. People who want an outlet where they can say things to themselves, and let people take it up on their own time. The thought of getting a crowd to come out to a place and then you stand in a spotlight is scary enough. The idea that no one actually cares enough to show—that’s worse.”—Rob Hart at LitReactor

“It may seem counterintuitive to eliminate your most popular books, but purging erotica and romance titles may be the only way for Scribd model to survive.”—Lincoln Michele at Electric Literature

“In today’s fast-paced dating world, who’s got time to sit down and read a book about modern romance?”—Josh Modell at The A.V. Club

S.W. Lauden’s short fiction has been accepted for publication by Out of the Gutter, Criminal Element, Dark Corners, Dead Guns Magazine, Akashic Books, WeirdBook, Spelk Fiction, Shotgun Honey and Crimespree Magazine. His debut novel, BAD CITIZEN CORPORATION, will be published in October 2015. His novella, CROSSWISE, will be published by Down & Out Books in 2016.

Quick Quotes—The Week In Publishing

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—Joyce Schnieder at Twitter

“I believe that reading only packaged microwavable fiction ruins the taste, destabilizes the moral blood pressure, and makes the mind obese. Fortunately, I also know that many human beings have an innate resistance to baloney and a taste for quality rooted deeper than even marketing can reach.” —Ursula K. LeGuin at Book View Cafe

“Pride is difficult to parse in the present moment. Pride is not the same as vanity. Pride is what makes a young writer believe that her words are worth reading, despite a world, a culture, that might prefer her silence.”—Nick Ripatrazone at The Millions

“Social media is a tricky thing. And it gets trickier when you start to run a business. Around April of 2013 I went from a degenerate loser with a big mouth to someone tasked with responsibility, namely for the folks gracious enough to let me publish them. I had to switch my game up. As a friend told me over beers: ‘You have responsibilities now. You need to shut the fuck up.'” —J. David Osborne at Gods Fare No Better

“One of the things I’m most thankful for, in terms of being an author and managing my career, is my day job experience as a publicist. Not just because of the contacts I have, but also because I know publicity – and building a career – isn’t about a flurry of activity. It’s a marathon. It’s about knowing when to go loud, when to step back and when to ramp up. It’s about knowing when to step back and ‘go quiet.'”—Alex Segura at Do Some Damage

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“I write to keep myself relatively sane. I write to give my existence on Earth a purpose. I write because it’s emotionally, intellectually and spiritually stimulating and compulsive. I write because I never knew my schizophrenic mother and I was raised within a right-wing guru cult in New Jersey and then thrust out into the big, scary world (Los Angeles) alone at age 16 and I kept writing to survive my own intense loneliness, isolation, confusion and fears.”—Will Viharo at Bad Citizen Corporation

“Not everything we do has to result in a book sale, but it can result in a connection, a relationship that may at some point lead to a sale. The point is to focus your message so your readers can find you, and engage with you but more importantly, you with them.”—Rachel Thompson at Bad Redhead Media

“The most rewarding books are the ones where the finished story almost lives up to the idea that sparked it.”—Stephen King at New York Times

“Man, woman, cyborg — no matter what kind of writer you are, if you want to win a major literary award, there’s just one thing you have to do: Make sure your main character is a man.”—Claire Fallon at Huffington Post

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 debut novel, BAD CITIZEN CORPORATION, will be published in 2015. His novella, CROSSWISE, will be published by Down & Out Books in 2016.