Rejection slips

We’ve all had ’em. Even the greats. Schadenfreude perhaps, but it’s cheering to see just how wrong publishers can be at times …     Jorge Luis Borges ‘utterly untranslatable’…

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Quote: Samuel Johnson

What is written without effort is in general read without pleasure. Samuel Johnson .

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Quote: Julian Barnes

It’s easy, after all, not to be a writer. Most people aren’t writers, and very little harm comes to them.  Julian Barnes .

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Quotes: William Faulkner

If a writer has to rob his mother he will not hesitate – the ‘Ode on a Grecian Urn’ is worth any number of old ladies. William Faulkner .

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Quotes: Thomas Mann

A writer is a person for whom writing is more difficult than it is for other people. Thomas Mann .

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Quotes: Edward Gibbon

Unprovided with original learning, unformed in the habits of thinking, unskilled in the arts of composition, I resolved to write a book. Edward Gibbon .

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Quote: P D James

Write what you need to write, not what is currently popular or what you think will sell. P D James .

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Pay the writer!

Harlan Ellison at full force. 2:02: They always want the writer to work for nothing, and the problem is that there’s so god damn many writers who have no idea…

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Quotes: Geoff Dyer

I think [writing] should be done only in private, like any other lavatorial activity. Geoff Dyer .

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Quote: Helen Simpson

The nearest I have to a rule is a Post-it on the wall in front of my desk saying “Faire et se taire” (Flaubert), which I translate for myself as…

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