500 Quotes about Authors, Books, Publishing: 61-70

I will be listing 500 quotes for you to use on Facebook, Twitter, and other social media sites. We now have 70 of the 500 posted in the UP Authors blogs.

“Face the icy challenge of the paper – write.” ~ J.B. Priestly

“I need other authors to succeed, so the craft remains alive.” ~ Ron Knight

“Good novels are not written, they are rewritten. Great novels are diamonds minded from layers of rewrites.” ~ Andre Jute

“This will never be a more civilized country until we expend more money for books than we do for chewing gum.” ~ Elbert Hubbard

“If a literary agent or publisher hears about me for the first time in a query letter, then I’m obviously not doing enough marketing.” ~ Ron Knight

“The greatest part of a writer’s time is spent in reading, in order to write; a man will turn over half a library to make one book.” ~ Boswell’s Life of Johnson, 1887

“The reading of all good books is like a conversation with the finest men (and women) of past centuries.” ~ Rene Descartes

“The old books look out from the shelves, and I seem to read on their backs something besides their titles; a kind of solemn greeting.” ~ Holmes

“An author’s mind will not shut off. Is that the definition of insanity?” ~ Ron Knight

“It is better to write a bad first draft than to write no first draft at all.” ~ Will Shetterly


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