Finding a Publisher

For my Writer friends

Oh, the humanity:

Am I the only writer who fears he’s lost the magic every time he sits down at a keyboard?  Ah, but then what made me think I had any magic to begin with? Writers wear two conflicting colognes, “l’insecurite” and “l’arrogance,” and never have to purchase either one–they’re pheromones.

“Writers rush in where publishers fear to tread.”  ~Guillermo C. Infante

“I write literary, not commercial, fiction, or so I’ve been told by my publishers who are proud I write literary fiction but secretly wish I wrote commercial.”  ~Tawni O’Dell

“Writers have talent. Publishers have opinions. One of these is essential.”  ~Me

How new authors get published:

“After a (successful) author has been dead for some time, it becomes increasingly difficult for his publishers to get a new book out of him.”  ~Robert Benchley

“Forget market or publishers or whatever.

Just write with fire and joy.”

~Patrick Ness

About mitchteemley

Writer, Filmmaker, Humorist, Thinker-about-stuffer
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16 Responses to Finding a Publisher

  1. Alas, I’ve been bamboozled! You tricked me into reading this post with the promise that you had the answer of how to find that elusive publisher (all the harder if you write memoir and are nobody). You, sir, shall regret your trickery. 😉

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  2. Thanks for the good belly-laughs! I needed that.

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  3. pastorpete51 says:

    Your post made me remember the process by which my mom’s first book made it to market. First she opened the letter from the agent congratulating her on having the manuscript accepted by Avalon. Then he went on to add that all she needed to do now was cut the word count in half! Mom wasn’t quite sure whether to laugh or cry but she quickly went to work on the Smith Corona and -“The Sea People” shrank to it’s current 221 page length. (she also wasn’t delighted that they made her use a man’s name as her pen name!) Thanks for bringing back those memories. Blessings…

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  4. M.B. Henry says:

    A much needed laugh at the difficult process of publishing! 🙂 I do like the last one the best

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  5. Roos Ruse says:

    “Writers have talent. Publishers have opinions. One of these is essential…” My new favorite Quote of the Decade, Mitch.

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  6. pvcann says:

    Sadly all true

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  7. I decided quite a while back that I would probably have to settle for writing “with fire and joy.” 😉

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  8. smzang says:

    Mitch says “…l’insecurite” and “l’arrogance,” and never have to purchase either one–they’re pheromones. ”

    I love it! It is indisputable.

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  9. smzang says:

    I think it is so for all creatives.

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