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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“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 

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“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.