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I love the movie The Princess Bride, so it probably comes as no surprise that I also liked Jael McHenry's online article, "Publishing and The Princess Bride: What Aspiring Authors Can Learn From Florin".

Here's a sample:

Is this a kissing book? If I had a nickel for every writer I'd heard say "But my book doesn't FIT any established GENRE!", the proceeds would count as a "good deal" on Publishers Marketplace. In a word: yes. Yes it does. And picking your genre is unimportant in some ways, but very important in others.

I am not a "put a bumper sticker on your car" sort of girl, but I do enjoy reading them. I liked this one that I spotted on a Prius when I picked up M after school the other day:

"Those who say it cannot be done shouldn't interrupt those doing it."

I saw this little quote unattributed somewhere online and tracked down its source as Ann Landers. While I don't think it holds true 100% of the time, I do believe it to be the case quite often - even in writing.

"Opportunities are usually disguised as hard work so most people don't recognize them."

And last week, Patti Smith was on the Colbert Report, and here's a bit of their exchange. Colbert asked whether she had any advice for a young person who's trying to become an artist:

Smith There's a certain amount of sacrifice. You have to work really hard. . . . I'm a hard worker, and I guess I'm lucky.

Colbert Is that what you'd tell a young person, just "work hard?"

Smith Yes. Being an artist you have to be ready to sacrifice. It's like being a mother. It's a full-time job.

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Dec. 19th, 2010 04:56 pm (UTC)
Have you read Just Kids? I don't normally read non-fiction. I have an illogical bias against it--I can't explain or rationalize it, I just simply can't sustain interest in 99% of nonfiction books. But... I picked up a copy of Just Kids and started reading random pages and it's just gorgeous. I didn't end up buying it that day but it's officially on my wishlist now.
Dec. 19th, 2010 05:09 pm (UTC)
I haven't even looked at it yet - but I will, thanks to your recommendation!
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Dec. 19th, 2010 10:46 pm (UTC)
That Ann Landers spoke truth, didn't she?
Dec. 19th, 2010 10:38 pm (UTC)
It's "amazing" how often hard work comes up in discussions of what it takes to succeed.
Dec. 19th, 2010 10:47 pm (UTC)
Funniest thing (possibly?) - it wasn't until you mentioned "hard work" that I realized that two of the quotes today specifically reference and it is rather implied in the bumper sticker, too.
Dec. 19th, 2010 11:03 pm (UTC)
Gosh, aren't we the over-achievers! Artists and mothers.
Dec. 20th, 2010 01:06 am (UTC)
Well of course we are!
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