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John Sladek Quotes and Sayings

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Most publishers seem very reluctant to publish short
story collections at all;
they bring them out in paperback,
often disguised as novels.
- John Sladek

I found some time ago that I have to be careful,
while working on a novel, what I read.
- John Sladek

In most conventional novels, God is not allowed to be nuts.
Nor are nuts allowed to be God.
- John Sladek

Whatever I'm reading at the moment seems to influence whatever I'm writing.
- John Sladek

 

I think these days an SF connection would be a boost to other books;
I'm sure more people have read my two little detective
puzzles because of the SF connection.
- John Sladek

People have laughed at all great inventors and discoverers.
- John Sladek

I usually like whatever I've recently finished best.
- John Sladek

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I have a kind of standard explanation why,
which goes like this: Science fiction is one way of
making sense out of a senseless world.
- John Sladek

The problem and privilege we all have is being alive
in this century and able to read this language.
It makes any list meaningless except the list of an illiterate.
- John Sladek

SF has at least the advantage of not depending on preconceptions.
- John Sladek

The future, according to some scientists,
will be exactly like the past, only far more expensive.
- John Sladek

I started writing, or rather, thinking,
stories as a child, and at that time the reason was very clear.
- John Sladek

Anything can happen in SF.
And the fact that nothing ever does happen in SF is
only due to the poverty of our imaginations,
we who write it or edit it or read it.
But SF can in principle deal with anything.
- John Sladek

We didn't have a phone when I was a kid,
and I was too shy to smash any public phones,
and our town didn't have a pool hall either,
so I had to hang out at the public library -
and anyway,
I told myself stories.
- John Sladek

To my mind, the best SF addresses itself to problems of the here and now,
or even to problems which have never been solved and never will be solved -
I'm thinking of Philip K. Dick's work here, dealing
with questions of reality,
for example.
- John Sladek

This is mainly because I spend a lot of time writing
and so don't have much time to read;
I hate to waste that time reading what may turn out
to be junk food for the mind,
when there's so much real writing to be read.
- John Sladek

See, I have no journalism in my background,
so I wasn't practised at research or writing non-fiction,
nor at handling the truth in a journalistic way.
Journalists know when to call a halt and write something,
but I kept on looking for answers.
- John Sladek

Music is everybody's possession.
It's only publishers who think that people own it.
- John Lennon

After being Turned Down by numerous Publishers,
he had decided to write for Posterity.
- George Ade

I try to keep all my novels in print.
Sometimes publishers don't agree with me as to their worth.
- Evan Hunter

As a writer, you can't allow yourself the luxury of
being discouraged and giving up when you are rejected,
either by agents or publishers.
You absolutely must plow forward.
- Augusten Burroughs

Writers rush in where publishers fear to tread and
where translators fear to tread.
- Guillermo Cabrera Infante

I submitted manuscripts to publishers.
This was not so much a feeling that I should be published
as a wish to escape the feared and hated drudgery of normal work.
- Tanith Lee

I formed a resolution to never write a word I did not want to write;
to think only of my own tastes and ideals,
without a thought of those of editors or publishers.
- C. S. Forester

The walls are the publishers of the poor.
- Eduardo Galeano

I do one Xanth novel a year, because at the moment
that is all that publishers will accept;
they don't want any other type of fiction from me,
so Xanth pays my way.
- Piers Anthony

The future of publishing lies with the small and medium-sized presses,
because the big publishers in New York are all part of huge conglomerates.
- Lawrence Ferlinghetti

The books are all very, very different so the publishers
really had to be different too.
- Mark Millar

Inspired by the purse rather than the soul,
the mercenary side fairly screams in many of the works
put out by every day American publishers.
- Alma Gluck

Don't write the book you think publishers want to commission.
Plenty of other writers will be doing the same thing.
- Louise Brown

After an author has been dead for some time,
it becomes increasingly difficult for his publishers
to get a new book out of him each year.
- Robert Benchley

It is a good idea to know which publishers publish which stories.
For example, there is no sense in sending a picture
book text to a publisher who does not publish picture books.
- Margaret Mahy

Now that I'm being very successful, publishers are trying to mainstream me,
but I'm unabashedly genre.
It's what I like to read, what I like to write.
- Laurell K. Hamilton

There were eleven publishers in New York City,
and when it was all over, I think it went down to four or five,
and then finally just the three of them,
the Big Three.
- Dan DeCarlo

The real effect of the WTC calamity has been depressed spirits,
anxiety, and uncertainty among publishers,
and of course those emotions are not restricted to publishers.
- Richard Curtis

From that moment on, the newspaper became a highly
lucrative investment for those with a talent for making
money or for publishers wanting to gain a fortune.
- Ferdinand Lassalle

My agent and I put out my proposal one Thursday afternoon in August,
1998.
Publishers started bidding immediately,
and that process progressed for a few days.
- Laura Hillenbrand

In the past the publishers I've worked with have been extremely generous.
And in almost every case, have been people who believed
in the work rather than the sales and marketing.
- Peter Sotos

Agents are essential, because publishers will not read unsolicited manuscripts.
- Jackie Collins

I describe my works as books, but my publishers in Spain,
in the United States, and elsewhere insist on calling them novels.
- Guillermo Cabrera Infante

We'd love to do Space Ace 3D.
It has a lot of potential.
But, it is really up to the publishers.
- Don Bluth

We are forced by the major publishers to include electronic
rights in the contracts we make with publishers for new books.
And there's very little we can do about that.
- Richard Curtis

Except for a few small presses, most publishers are north of Ground Zero.
- Richard Curtis

Alan's publishing company was in the Brill Building,
and of course, the Brill Building was where all the
songwriters hung out because that's where all the publishers were.
- Johnny Rivers

According to New York publishers, Bill Clinton will
get more money for his book than Hillary Clinton got for hers.
Well, duh.
At least his book has some sex in it.
- Jay Leno

I tend to turn down books originally published as e-books.
As for selling books directly to e-book publishers,
I would do so only if all traditional publishers had turned them down.
- Richard Curtis

Marvel books also feed into the smaller publishers
and the fact that this is happening in the same month
we're launching Ultimate Fantastic Four is no coincidence.
- Mark Millar

Books on horse racing subjects have never done well,
and I am told that publishers had come to think of
them as the literary version of box office poison.
- Laura Hillenbrand

There are a lot of people who really abused sampling and gave it a bad name,
by just taking people's entire hit songs and rapping over them.
It gave publishers license to get a little greedy.
- Beck

What I like least is dealing with publishers who simply
don't want collaborations regardless of their merit.
- Piers Anthony

All of the changes in publishing since 1960 are significant.
There are far fewer publishers.
- Donald E. Westlake

Textbook publishers don't even bother to advertise at their conventions.
- Peter Brimelow

As repressed sadists are supposed to become policemen
or butchers so those with an irrational fear of life become publishers.
- Cyril Connolly

I don't write for publishers, certainly not for critics,
and not for readers, But I am delighted that so many
people have found my books enjoyable and want to continue to read them.
- Jean M. Auel

As for collaboration - I have done a lot,
26 books, and found publishers increasingly resistive to them.
It's not that the books are bad; editors won't even read them.
- Piers Anthony

I always figured it was best if I write my songs,
take them to my publisher and just lay back.
There used to be so many things going on -
getting to the artist,
getting to the publishers - you know,
politics.
I just didn't want to get mixed up in all of that.
- Otis Blackwell

I left for New York expecting to repeat my success,
only to be turned down by almost every publisher in that city,
till the Viking Press, my American publishers of a lifetime,
thought of taking me on.
- Patrick White

For years, I've pushed the idea of a column compilation
book mainly because it would be easy -
I could just staple 'em all together.
But publishers have been resistent, feeling the material dates.
- Michael Musto

This sort of encouragement is vital for any writer.
And lastly the publication of Touching the Flame,
which was on hold for two years and went through a
few publishers before finding a stable home.
- Paul Kane

Again, we turn down most books that have been self-published
unless they have a special track record.
We have taken a small number on, however,
and sold them to major publishers for a nice sum.
But that is an exception to the rule.
- Richard Curtis

Once publishers got interested in it,
it was a year in developing, and it was launched,
I think, in 1960.
But Willie Lumpkin didn't last long -
it only last a little better than a year,
maybe a year and a half.
- Dan DeCarlo

If you look at the publishers I've worked with,
generally, they're a great bunch.
Creation is unlike any other publishing house you can think of.
The people I've worked with have integrity and intelligence and,
almost always, less money than ideas.
- Peter Sotos

I'm delighted about the track's success in the sports world,
but the frustrating thing is, I don't think I got rich on it.
The labels and publishers did very cheap deals on our songs.
- Alan Parsons

That's why editors and publishers will never be obsolete:
a reader wants someone with taste and authority to
point them in the direction of the good stuff,
and to keep the awful stuff away from their door.
- Walter Jon Williams

The Dancing Girls of Lahore was offered to dozens of
British publishers and was turned down by everyone.
It is still on offer in the U.K., but I'm not confident
there will be any takers.
- Louise Brown

When I started in the business, there was a thing called adult fantasy,
but nobody quite knew what it was, and most publishers
didn't have an adult fantasy list.
They had science fiction lists, which they stuck a
little bit of fantasy into.
- Terri Windling

The comedians all finished their acts with a song.
They would get a certain amount of money from the song
publishers and would use that money to pay the writers.
None of them paid very much for their comedy material,
but it all added up.
- Denis Norden

Console game publishing has become more like theatrical
release film-making and it is very hard if you are
not one of the major publishers,
and even for them it is hard unless they are working with major game brands.
- Trip Hawkins

Coming into the business, you'd pass through these
little agencies until you got to understand what was
happening in the business,
unless you were really able to have a style strong
enough to go directly to the publishers.
- Gil Kane

And books that were published in much larger numbers than Selfish,
Little are hard to find.
And publishers who wanted to publish my last few works
have them stuck in limbo while new distribution ideas
and legal issues and fears are blown away.
- Peter Sotos

I have a problem with censorship by the lawyer -
by legal people by the publishing firm,
and I may be changing publishers.
They don't seem to want to take too many risks with living people.
- Kenneth Anger


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