old leather bound books with marbled page edges, 1864
(don’t lend them)
Read, read, read. Read everything — trash, classics, good and bad, and see how they do it. Just like a carpenter who works as an apprentice and studies the master. Read! You’ll absorb it.
Then write. If it’s good, you’ll find out. If it’s not, throw it out of the window.
In 1992, prior to the release of Connie Willis' new novel, Doomsday Book,Random House editor Amy Stout approached multi-award winning - and notoriously blunt - science fiction author Harlan Ellison for a quote. The following letter was sent to Stout in reply and includes the blurb as requested, plus explicit instruction with regards to its use. To the eagle-eyed amongst you: yes, Ellison’s spelling mistake was bravely corrected.
Source: Letters of Note
I certainly, heartily, recommend Connie Willis’s writing especially To Say Nothing of the Dog. (Not that my recommendation is worth anything close to that above.)
Ticket for raffle of 62 elegant stuffed birds at the Senate Saloon.
(by UBC Library Digitization Centre)
#tbt the days when Edward Gorey was an Art Editor for our paperbacks…
Edward Gorey 5ever!!
Rejection sucks. But most of the seminal figures in literature, art, and music, were rejected many times over before being accepted.
Our pals at Word of Mouth have collected some of history’s dumbest rejection letters, from Gertrude Stein’s (above) to Nirvana’s, for some dramatic readings: