Editors Quotes

Quotes tagged as "editors" (showing 1-30 of 33)
Tiffany Madison
“While writing is like a joyful release, editing is a prison where the bars are my former intentions and the abusive warden my own neuroticism.”
Tiffany Madison

E.A. Bucchianeri
“Editors can be stupid at times. They just ignore that author’s intention. I always try to read unabridged editions, so much is lost with cut versions of classic literature, even movies don’t make sense when they are edited too much. I love the longueurs of a book even if they seem pointless because you can get a peek into the author’s mind, a glimpse of their creative soul. I mean, how would people like it if editors came along and said to an artist, ‘Whoops, you left just a tad too much space around that lily pad there, lets crop that a bit, shall we?’. Monet would be ripping his hair out.”
E.A. Bucchianeri, Brushstrokes of a Gadfly,

John Green
“In the end, what makes a book valuable is not the paper it’s printed on, but the thousands of hours of work by dozens of people who are dedicated to creating the best possible reading experience for you.”
John Green

Robert A. Heinlein
“You have to give an editor something to change, or he gets frustrated. After he pees in it himself, he likes the flavor much better, so he buys it.”
Robert A. Heinlein, Stranger in a Strange Land

“I felt old. Again. It had been happening a lot lately. I did not live the life of an old lady, but I could hear it beckoning to me, like a mermaid on a rock."

— Michelle Tea, "Paris: A Lie"

from the anthology Pills, Thrills, Chills and Heartache
Clint Catalyst and MIchelle Tea

William Faulkner
“Only Southerners have taken horsewhips and pistols to editors about the treatment or maltreatment of their manuscript. This--the actual pistols--was in the old days, of course, we no longer succumb to the impulse. But it is still there, within us.”
William Faulkner, The Sound and the Fury

Bobbi Romans
“A good editor is like tinsel to a Christmas Tree...they add the perfect amount of sparkle without being gaudy.”
Bobbi Romans

Dejan Stojanovic
“Great poets are great copy editors.”
Dejan Stojanovic

Kurt Vonnegut
“Be a good editor. The Universe needs more good editors, God knows.”
Kurt Vonnegut, Letters

Jack London
“On Editors:

"... The chief qualification of ninety-nine per cent of all editors is failure. They have failed as writers. Don't think they prefer the drudgery of the desk and the slavery to their circulation and to the business manager to the joy of writing. They have tried to write, and they have failed. And right there is the cursed paradox of it. Every portal to success in literature is guarded by those watch-dogs, the failures of literature. The editors, the sub-editors, associate editors, most of them, and the manuscript readers for the magazines and book-publishers, most of them, nearly all of them, are men who wanted to write and failed. And yet they, of all creatures under the sun the most unfit, are the very creatures who decide what shall and what shall not find its way into print–they, who have proved themselves not original, who have demonstrated that they lack the divine fire, sit in judgment upon originality and genius. And after them comes the reviewers, just so many more failures. Don't tell me that they have not dreamed the dream and attempted to write poetry and fiction; for they have, and they have failed. Why, the average review is more nauseating than cod-liver oil....”
Jack London, Martin Eden

Stephen King
“You'd think that the ability to write lucid prose would be the bottom line for any publishing novelist, but it is not so... You would expect that proofreaders and copy editors would pick this sort of stuff up even if the writers of such embarrassing English do not, but many of them seem as illiterate as the writers they are trying to bail out.”
Stephen King, Danse Macabre

“But editors are still the world's readers. And thus the eyes of the world.”
Betsy Lerner, The Forest for the Trees

Edward Abbey
“I suppose this is a trivial matter but I do want to object to the maddening fuss-fidget punctuation which one of your editors is attempting to impose on my story. I said it before but I'll say it again, that unless necessary for clarity of meaning I would prefer a minimum of goddamn commas, hyphens, apostrophes, quotation marks and fucking (most obscene of all punctuation marks) semi-colons. I've had to waste hours erasing that storm of flyshit on the typescript. [Regarding "The Monkey Wrench Gang"]”
Edward Abbey, Postcards from Ed: Dispatches and Salvos from an American Iconoclast

Diana Athill
“Generally office and home were far apart, and home was much more important than office. I was not ashamed of valuing my private life more highly than my work; that, to my mind, is what everyone ought to do.”
Diana Athill, Stet: An Editor's Life

Piers Anthony
“I have, as may be apparent, not much respect for editors as a class.”
Piers Anthony, On a Pale Horse

Diana Athill
“We must always remember that we are only midwives—if we want praise for progeny we must give birth to our own.”
Diana Athill, Stet: An Editor's Life

“Don't be dismayed by the opinions of editors, or critics. They are only the traffic cops of the arts.”
Gene Fowler

Italo Calvino
“You’ve come about your manuscript? It’s with the reader; no, I’m getting that wrong, it’s been read, very interesting, of course, now I remember! Remarkable sense of language, heartfelt denunciation, didn’t you receive our letter? We’re very sorry to have to tell you, in the letter it’s all explained, we sent it some time ago, the mail is so slow these days, you’ll receive it of course, our list is overloaded, unfavorable economic situation. Ah, you see? You’ve received it. And what else did it say? Thanking you for having allowed us to read it, we will return it promptly. Ah, you’ve come to collect the manuscript? No, we haven’t found it, do just be patient a little longer, it’ll turn up, nothing is ever lost here, only today we found a manuscript we’d been looking or these past ten years, oh, not another ten years, we’ll find yours sooner, at least let’s hope so, we have so many manuscripts, piles this high, if you like we’ll show them to you, of course you want your own, not somebody else’s, that’s obvious, I mean we preserve so many manuscripts we don’t care a fig about, we’d hardly throw away yours which means so much to us, no, not to publish it, it means so much for us to give it back to you.”
Italo Calvino, If on a Winter's Night a Traveler

“This sound self-serving, but being interested in everything makes you a more effective opportunist—and that's what an editor has to be, a student of unintended consequences.”
Terry McDonell, The Accidental Life: An Editor's Notes on Writing and Writers

Rodrigo Fresán
“Es curioso: de un tiempo a esta parte se pretende que los escritores se ocupen y se pronuncien sobre cuestiones pertenecientes al mundo editorial. Mientras tanto, los editores funcionan como críticos –en el peor sentido del oficio– y los críticos como escritores –en el peor sentido del oficio, también–. Todo está un poco confundido, desfasado.”
Rodrigo Fresán

“The reason 99% of all stories written are not bought by editors is very simple. Editors never buy manuscripts that are left on the closet shelf at home.”
John Campbell

Katharine Graham
“What the president never accepted, or even clearly understood – as most people don't understand – is the autonomy editors have, and must have, to produce a good newspaper. I used to describe it as liberty, not license.”
Katharine Graham, Personal History

Kristen Henderson
“Editors keep pushing
deadline strain while people sleep
on benches and subway grates;
a welter weight boxer dances
on the platform at 125th Street
station, commuters look unfazed...”
Kristen Henderson, Of My Maiden Smoking

Jonah Lehrer
“We see them most when we are o nnthe outside looking in”
Jonah Lehrer, Imagine: How Creativity Works

“Every writer, of course, has very specific ideas about editors. But writers seldom get the last word on anything.”
Terry McDonell, The Accidental Life: An Editor's Notes on Writing and Writers

Frank  Black
“Most of these editors, as they call themselves, couldn't even effectively edit a haiku.”
Frank Black

“Great writers experience their dreams. They put them on paper, where others can read about them.”
Ellen J. Barrier, The Price We Must Pay for Our Father's Sins

Brian Spellman
“It is free speech, just edited into defeat.”
Brian Spellman

Edmund White
“Everything we wrote was submitted to the editors above us, grizzled Korean War pilots with buzz cuts and an encyclopedic knowledge, who would routinely bounce our copy back and demand “fixes” (“More color,” “Doesn’t track,” or simply “Huh?” written in the margin).”
Edmund White, The Unpunished Vice: A Life of Reading

Mokokoma Mokhonoana
“A book that is made up of only great sentences is not necessarily a great book.”
Mokokoma Mokhonoana

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