Quick Quotes—The Week In Publishing

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Eric Campbell at Bad Citizen Corporation

“Reading has been shown to put our brains into a pleasurable trance-like state, similar to meditation, and it brings the same health benefits of deep relaxation and inner calm. Regular readers sleep better, have lower stress levels, higher self-esteem, and lower rates of depression than non-readers.”—Ceridwen Dovey at New Yorker

“The best advice that I could give you about networking is STOP TRYING TO NETWORK. If the goal is to connect with people who like the sorts of things you like, just go be you and it’ll happen.”—Chris Holm at Maine Crime Writers

“While technology often seems to move at the speed of light, books grow like trees do: slowly, meditatively.”—Claire Fallon at The Huffington Post

“My buying-to-actually-reading ratio is 387 to 1. I buy a ton of books. I have actually convinced myself that buying books is the same as reading.”—Judd Apatow at New York Times

“The writer who can master the art and craft of defining their characters by their actions is going to be the author whose work gets read.”—Les Edgerton at Writers In The Storm

“Genres only start existing when there’s enough of them to form a sort of critical mass in a bookshop, and even that can go away.”—Neil Gaiman at New Statesman

“The history of the novel, as much as that of any other art, is a history of experimentation and change. And, after decades of post-postmodern confusion, the novel is finally in a new phase of form expansion.”—William Pierce at Electric Literature

“Writing is a very solitary act, and it’s the communities we build around that act that elevate us.”—Rob Hart at LitReactor

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.

Quick Quotes—The Week In Publishing

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“As we’ve found with movies and TV shows, the most popular books set in each state can be pretty surprising. For every obvious To Kill a Mockingbird, there’s the unexpected appearance of a lesser-known novel, like Dan Brown’s Digital Fortress in Maryland.”—Kevin O’Keeffe at .Mic

“It might sound cheesy, but I think writing is a kind of a journey. For me, especially if I’m working on a novel, it takes at least a year of fumbling around before I really get anywhere. As you try to imagine yourself into this world, it’s a process of writing stuff, throwing it out, writing, throwing it out. You’re trying to create this place for yourself inside your head; it’s very hard to get to that place, and it takes a long time to get there. But then, finally, there is the sense that maybe you’ve arrived, though you’ve had to discard a ton of stuff along the way.”—Anna North at The Atlantic
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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
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