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literary management"Story Merchant" Dr. Ken Atchity has spent his lifetime helping writers get started with and improve their careers. For nearly twenty years as a professor of literature and teacher of creative writing at Occidental College and UCLA - then since 1995, through through Writer's Lifeline and as a literary manager with AEI Online Dr. Atchity has helped literally hundreds of writers find a market for their work by bringing their craft and technique to the level of their ambition and vision. More

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This manuscript of yours that has just come back from another editor is a precious package. Don't consider it rejected. Consider that you've addressed it 'to the editor who can appreciate my work' and it has simply come back stamped 'Not at this address'.
Barbara Kingsolver
There's so much comedy on television. Does that cause comedy in the streets?
Dick Cavett
If somebody's trying to shut you up, sing louder and, if possible, better.
Salman Rushdie
Sometimes I feel discriminated against, but it does not make me angry. It merely astonishes me. How can anyone deny themselves the pleasure of my company? It's beyond me.
Zora Neale Hurston
Women do not always have to write about women, or gay men about gay men. Indeed, something good and new might happen if they did not.
Kathryn Hughes
I never think at all when I write. Nobody can do two things at the same time and do them both well.
Don Marquis
I write for myself and strangers. The strangers, dear readers, are an after-thought.
Gertrude Stein
I am the kind of writer that people think other people are reading.
V. S. Naipaul
The free-lance writer is a man who is paid per piece or per word or perhaps.
Robert Benchley
Like all writers, he measured the achievements of others by what they had accomplished, asking of them that they measure him by what he envisaged or planned.
Jorge Luis Borges
It is one of the paradoxes of American literature that our writers are forever looking back with love and nostalgia at lives they couldn't wait to leave.
Anatole Broyard
Literature always anticipates life. It does not copy it, but moulds it to its purpose. The nineteenth century, as we know it, is largely an invention of Balzac.
Oscar Wilde
Give a critic an inch, he'll write a play.
John Steinbeck
I love deadlines. I like the whooshing sound they make as they fly by.
Douglas Adams
A blank piece of paper is God's way of telling us how hard it to be God.
Sidney Sheldon
I have written - often several times - every word I have ever published.
Vladimir Nabokov
We don't want the television script good. We want it Tuesday.
Dennis Norden
It took me fifteen years to discover that I had no talent for writing, but I couldn't give it up because by that time I was too famous."
Robert Benchley.
No passion in the world is equal to the passion to alter someone else's draft.
H. G. Wells
When ideas fail, words come in very handy."
Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
You must write for children in the same way as you do for adults, only better.
Maxim Gorky
His father, Vincent, took him to La Coupole in Paris and, after sitting on the terrace for a while, walked off and forgot him. It was the perfect start in life for a writer.
Anatole Broyard
I can't write five words but that I change seven.
Dorothy Parker
I don't think any good book is based on factual experience. Bad books are about things the writer already knew before he wrote them.
Carlos Fuentes
Originality is nothing by judicious imitation. The most original writers borrowed one from another.
Voltaire
It's none of their business that you have to learn to write. Let them think you were born that way.
Ernest Hemingway
There is no agony like bearing an untold story inside of you.
Maya Angelou
This manuscript of yours that has just come back from another editor is a precious package. Don't consider it rejected. Consider that you've addressed it 'to the editor who can appreciate my work' and it has simply come back stamped 'Not at this address'.
Barbara Kingsolver
A blank piece of paper is God's way of telling us how hard it to be God.
Sidney Sheldon
You know how it is in the kid's book world; it's just bunny eat bunny.
Anonymous
If I don't write to empty my mind, I go mad.
Lord Byron
The public is wonderfully tolerant. It forgives everything except genius.
Oscar Wilde
Man invented language to satisfy his deep need to complain.
Lily Tomlin
Nature fits all her children with something to do,
He who would write and can't write, can surely review.
James Russell Lowell
Oh, let a man of spirit venture where he pleases
And never tip his golden cup empty towards the moon!
Since heaven gave the talent, let it be employed!
Li Po
What would I do if I had only six months left to live? I'd type faster.
Isaac Asimov
When talent fails, indignation writes the verse.
Juvenal
It is only because the world looks on his talent with such a frightening indifference that the artist is compelled to make his talent important.
James Baldwin
When disaster causes the familiar ground to shudder beneath the feet of a child, a neurotic is sometimes born, or a writer, and often both.
Time Magazine
A professional writer is an amateur who didnít quit.
Richard Bach
Be born anywhere, little embryo novelist, but do not be born under the shadow of a great creed, not under the burden of original sin, not under the doom of salvation.
Pearl Buck




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