We’ve sourced some of the most interesting and thought-provoking Publish Quotes from Kent Haruf, Richard Cordray, Taslima Nasrin, Thelma Schoonmaker, Rachel Gibson. Each of the following quotes is overflowing with creativity, and knowledge.
I began writing seriously in my mid-20s and didn’t publish my first book until I was 41.
We marked a milestone for consumer empowerment when we began to publish consumer complaint narratives which allow people to share in their own words their experiences in the consumer financial marketplace.
I am not scared of anyone. I will write and publish my books.
Whenever I can, I like to go to Cotswolds, in England, where my husband had a cottage. I spend my time reading his diaries, which I would like to publish.
The expectation was that ‘True Confessions’ would be my first published book, but that didn’t happen. After it was rejected by every publisher in New York and Canada, I shoved it in a closet and went on to write and publish my next three books.
The legal fight over climate change begins in the United States with the Clean Air Act Amendments of 1977. Under the Act, the E.P.A. is required to publish a list of ‘stationary sources’ of air pollution, of which the most important are power plants.
So, influenced by these advisors and this hope, I have at length allowed my friends to publish the work, as they had long besought me to do.
Each quarter, Indian IT firms publish their results, and these are broadcast on CNBC. From the comfort of their boardrooms, executives say how many new employees have been added, how many more Fortune 500 companies have been signed up as clients, how many million-dollar companies were added, and so on.
I started out as a writer of fiction, but nobody wanted to publish my work as a young man. So I decided to put my interest in the narrative writing of biographies.
I always knew Andy Hageman would publish incredible eco stuff.
There’s all sorts of stuff people want to publish anonymously.
Yeah, now we publish whenever we feel like it.
I published only in academic journals in philosophy until I was in my 40s, but I had been writing fiction and poetry my whole adult life – without ever once trying to publish it, and rarely letting anyone read it.
Before social media, if I, as an individual wanted to publish something to the world, unless I could get some local TV crew to interview me, or I wrote an op-ed or took out an ad, I had no voice.
I often get asked how I write so much. As any writer knows, the answer is to write a lot more than you actually publish.
I left my frogs, which I had grown, with my supervisor, who had moved to Geneva, and he and a technician grew them up. So by 1962, they were adults, and one could publish a paper to say that these animals, derived from nuclear transfer, really were absolutely normal. So it took a little time to get through.
At one time I thought the Editor of the Lancet would kindly publish a letter from me on the subject, but further reflection led me to doubt whether so insignificant an individual would be noticed without some special introduction.
Each of my books has taken me a different length of time to write – eight months for ‘Seesaw Girl,’ eight months for ‘Shard,’ three years for ‘When My Name Was Keoko!’ The publisher takes another year and a half to work on the book, so altogether each book can take up to three or four years to publish.
I think most people played both variants and regular games. It was a period when variants were very popular and there were a lot more variants being played at that time. Every week practically, it seemed someone would publish a new variant in a zine.
There are three difficulties in authorship: to write anything worth publishing, to find honest men to publish it, and to find sensible men to read it.
It took a while for anyone to want to publish ‘To Repel Ghosts.’ I thought people would want to publish a three-hundred-and-fifty-page book about a dead painter, but they didn’t.
Many years, I would publish four books – an anthology, a book of criticism, a new book of poems, a book of essays.
Now, I’ll tell you something that might interest you. Casino Royale was the first Bond book that Ian Fleming ever wrote. And he couldn’t get anybody to touch it, to publish it – he couldn’t do anything about it at all. Nobody wanted to know.
I paint and I draw and I write and I do other things too, and recently some people at school were asking if I’d ever publish any of my work. But I almost feel like I would have to publish it under another name because there’s a definition of me out there that feels kind of stuck in the moment when it was formed.
Brahms believed that there was no need to publish absolutely everything that Schubert ever wrote.
To become self-aware, people must be allowed to hear a plurality of opinions and then make up their own minds. They must be allowed to say, write and publish whatever they want. Freedom of expression is the most basic, but fundamental, right. Without it, human beings are reduced to automatons.
I’m working now on a collection of Shakespearean sonnets, about 100 of them, that I may publish if anyone’s interested. My take on life is a little different from the bard’s.
Despite all the gains for democracy in the world, in many countries anyone who wants to publish truths unwelcome to the government risks suppression and criminal punishment.
Today, there are more opportunities for writers in terms of access to larger success, but it’s more difficult to publish a literary novel in the lower ranges. In other words, you almost have to hit a home run. You can hit a triple, maybe, but nobody’s interested in a single.
I love chapbooks. They’re in some ways the ideal form in which to publish and read poems. You can read 19 poems in a way you can’t sit down and read 60 to 70 pages of poems.
I don’t necessarily intend to publish posthumously, but I do like to write for myself.
Even with protection, even with death threats, I can publish, I can travel and I can live the life that I want and not the one my parents want or some imam somewhere thinks I should live.
One man’s blasphemy doesn’t override other people’s free-speech rights, their freedom to publish, freedom of thought.
This book was company for me – I wrote these things when I was in hotels, far from where I normally live. I never intended to publish it.
That and the fact that I knew that nobody was going to publish my work at Dark Horse or DC or anywhere.
When I finally began to publish, my father never read my work. He’d say, ‘Oh, that’s your mother’s sort of thing.’ But my mother found the books rather upsetting. I figure she read just enough to know that she didn’t want to go there.
Thought is more than a right – it is the very breath of man. Whoever fetters thought attacks man himself. To speak, to write, to publish, are things, so far as the right is concerned, absolutely identical. They are the ever-enlarging circles of intelligence in action; they are the sonorous waves of thought.
I put forward formless and unresolved notions, as do those who publish doubtful questions to debate in the schools, not to establish the truth but to seek it.
As far as the world was concerned, from 1979 to 1996, I didn’t publish any original material; it just wasn’t there.
I don’t journal to ‘be productive.’ I don’t do it to find great ideas or to put down prose I can later publish. The pages aren’t intended for anyone but me. It’s the most cost-effective therapy I’ve ever found.
I regret the stories we didn’t do – the stories that we knew about and talked about but didn’t have all of, so didn’t publish. The whole idea of Gawker was to remove the barrier between the thought and the talk – and the page.
I think publishers need to be the ones that publish the books and control that process: finding writers, helping them with their work, finding readers. I think writers need that.
I have a private press. I’m a book artist. I publish books of other authors and artists. I do the illustrating. I set the type. I print it myself on my press. I do everything but bind it.
Internet safety begins at home and that is why my legislation would require the Federal Trade Commission to design and publish a unique website to serve as a clearinghouse and resource for parents, teachers and children for information on the dangers of surfing the Internet.
It is easy to overlook the importance of the young in underdeveloped countries. It is the natural course for nations, and diplomats, and those who publish newspapers, to speak to the established order. Seeking out the young requires a conscious effort.
It takes a long time to publish a book.
I think the response I get to one ‘New Yorker’ cover outweighs five books that I publish.
One of these days, I’m going to publish a book of all the pictures I did not take. It is going to be a huge hit.
I just submitted what I had to the ‘Octopus Books’ contest open reading period, and they said they wanted to publish my poetry book. Then I started to publish more and more poetry because people would ask me to do readings or ask me submit something for their journal.
The problem is that in order to publish a book in mainland China, you have to agree to be subject to censorship. That’s the nature of the system. I don’t challenge that system on its face. It’s their system. But as an author, I have a choice to make whether I’ll participate or I won’t.
If I do decide to review a product, I sometimes negotiate with a company the timing of the review but never its outcome or tone. I sometimes strive to be the first to publish a review, but I never promise a good review in exchange for that timing.
We were right to say from the outset that E.U. citizens should not be treated as bargaining chips but should have their rights guaranteed immediately. We were right to call on the government to publish a plan for Brexit.
I worked probably 25 years by myself, just writing and working, not trying to publish much, not giving readings.
I think women need to hear more encouragement in any field, because I see it – I teach creative writing. And even though it’s mostly women in the room, they’re not often – or they didn’t used to be the ones who went on to publish books. I know this sounds like a tautology, but encouragement is the key.
I’ll never forget a meeting with one publisher where they said, ‘We don’t publish books for teenage boys; teenage boys don’t read.’
Without always meaning to, I write really long short stories, 60-pagers, 90-pagers, pieces of fiction that are too long for all but the bravest magazines to print, and too short for all but the bravest book publishers to publish.
When you publish a book, it’s the world’s book. The world edits it.
I feel lucky that I get to read and publish stories that are not necessarily overtly horror in ‘Best Horror of the Year.’
I’ve invented several games for use as teaching tools in my classroom: one of them, a game called ‘Iron Age: Council of the Clans,’ got so popular among my students that they encouraged me to publish it, which I did.
The goal is to become the central hub of publishing, where we have all the written material – user-generated and professional. We want to be the place where people can publish instantly to their audiences… and to get there, it’s just about doing things step by step.
If people really saw what was happening in Iraq and Afghanistan, then they might be marching in the streets to end wars. But you know, I think that no one ever sees because we’re not allowed to see, and we’re not allowed to publish what we do see. So it’s quite difficult.
I don’t publish anything I haven’t worked over 100 times.
Around the time I turned 30, I wanted to publish a novel.
It’s very hard to find critics or a magazine today that will publish material that is genuinely independent and written without any concern about being cut off some distributor’s list or not be invited or flown into screenings.
No book I publish will be perfect, but I need to feel I’ve taken it as far as I can.
The 24/7 nature of online debate, on the web and across social media, has allowed for more vibrant discussion of the opinions we publish – and your own.
I couldn’t get published for three years. Then the times changed: glasnost, perestroika. So, for three years, I wasn’t allowed to publish ‘The Unwomanly Face of War,’ but then it changed.
Anyway, several rewrites later, Del Rey Books did publish my first novel, and it did become the first work of fiction on the New York Times trade paperback bestseller list.
If you want to write, write it. That’s the first rule. And send it in, and send it in to someone who can publish it or get it published. Don’t send it to me. Don’t show it to your spouse, or your significant other, or your parents, or somebody. They’re not going to publish it.
I have one very bad experience with a U.K. publisher, who gave it out to be understood that she wanted to publish my book and made me do a lot of changes, all outside a contract, only to reject it in the end.
I wanted to publish a book simply to be buried with it; that’s all I wanted. I had no ambition beyond that.
Blend is great for designers because it implements a lot of sophisticated behaviours, but for what I like to do, hand coding XAML is preferable, particularly because I have to publish it.
I will carry on writing, to be sure. But I don’t know if I would want to publish again after Harry Potter.
We see them when they come to New York. They stay at my wife’s apartment. We have quite a correspondence with them at all times. They play a very important role, the authors in the firm, because so much of the material we publish is suggested by them.
There are many people who say, ‘I write for myself.’ I think that if you write and publish, then you write for your readers, not just for yourself. Many writers say that they write to be loved. I place myself among those writers.
The most important thing is to recognize that research is our seed corn. It’s a national security priority. It’s not just a way to have enough going on that graduate students can do their Ph.D.s and scientists can publish. We have to do research, or we’ll fall behind the rest of the world.
For the Nintendo Switch, we were very deliberate in wanting to make sure, from a Nintendo publish standpoint, that we had a steady cadence of great games in addition to strong titles at launch.
Every day, we publish articles at ‘The Federalist’ with which I disagree.
I have a no-kids policy on my website, meaning I won’t publish paparazzi photos of celebrity children. I’ll only post photos that celebrities themselves share on social media, or if the kids are photographed at a red carpet event.
My first short story sale was to a magazine that sat on the story forever… and never did publish it.
I started out as a novelist and wrote several novels before deciding to publish one, and I fully intend to go back to the form.
Barnes & Noble is able to publish price-reduced non-copyrighted works not so much because it saves the 10 percent to 15 percent of revenue that would go to the gruel-eating authors, but because it saves the 50 percent that would go to the publishers.
It has taken Thomas Harris 11 years to publish the sequel to ‘The Silence of the Lambs,’ which suggests that while everyone was desperate to read it, he was not desperate to write it.
I worked in the book publishing business for nearly two decades before I turned my attention to writing, first with a couple ghostwriting projects, plus a crappy novel that absolutely no one wanted to publish. Then I moved to Luxembourg for my wife’s job and found the inspiration for ‘The Expats.’
Initially, new ideas are rejected. Later they become dogma if you’re right. And if you’re really lucky, you can publish your rejections as part of your Nobel presentation.
If you publish a scientific paper it is very hard to start a nationwide debate about something. If you do this in a movie, you can start a debate. We like to create a bridge between those two worlds – film and science.
The Federal Reserve Act requires the Federal Reserve to report annually on its operations and to publish its balance sheet weekly.
To write what is worth publishing, to find honest people to publish it, and get sensible people to read it, are the three great difficulties in being an author.
I thought it would be a funny concept to publish a book about stand-up comedy with Faber, the poetry publisher, and to apply to stand-up the same sort of weight of annotation that you would to a classic work of literature, an epic poem. I thought that would be funny.
One question that often comes up is why, in this age of blogs and tweets and instant digital communication of all kinds, it still takes so long to publish a book.
I think I write and publish as often as I do because I can’t bear being without a book to work on… I don’t feel I have this to say or that to say or this story to tell, but I know I want to be occupied with the writing process while I’m living.
One of the hardest things about being a musician is finishing a project and then having to wait three or six months to publish it and to do all the sort of promotional behaviour.
The original idea was to make it easy to publish content on the Web and find an audience. What we learned from publishers is that the thing they want the most is more readers and more revenue.
Few professors would dare to publish research or teach a course debunking the claims made in various ethnic, gender, or other ‘studies’ courses.
Send it to someone who can publish it. And if they won’t publish it, send it to someone else who can publish it! And keep sending it! Of course, if no one will publish it, at that point you might want to think about doing something other than writing.
Writing was a way to get away from my life as a programmer, so I wanted to write about other things, but of course nobody wanted to publish another story about a family, unless it was extraordinary. When I began writing about my life as a programmer, however, people were interested.
On the strength of Vonnegut’s reputation, ‘Breakfast of Champions’ spent a year on the best-seller lists, proving that he could indeed publish anything and make money.
Scientists in different disciplines don’t speak the same language. They publish in different journals. It’s like the United Nations: You come together, but no one speaks the same language, so you need some translators.
At the close of my visit, my Hawaiian friends urged me strongly to publish my impressions and experiences, on the ground that the best books already existing, besides being old, treat chiefly of aboriginal customs and habits now extinct, and of the introduction of Christianity and subsequent historical events.
As long as I am an American citizen, and as long as American blood runs in these veins, I shall hold myself at liberty to speak, to write, and to publish whatever I please on any subject, being amenable to the laws of my country for the same.
I learned from Linus Pauling it’s not a disgrace in science to publish something that’s wrong. What’s bad is to publish something that’s not very interesting.
Often it’s the case that we have to do a lot of exploration and marketing of the material we publish ourselves to get a big political impact for it.
The Village Voice gave me an outlet. They encouraged writers to publish idiosyncratic, intellectually ambitious journalism in voices that ranged from demonic to highfalutin. And they paid me well once the magazine was unionized. Getting paid is motivational.
You can’t expect that because you find a story and report it out that your newspaper and broadcasting company is going to want to publish and broadcast it – and you’re going to be a hero.
For commercial books in a genre, readers’ and editors’ expectations may be fairly rigid. Some romance lines, for instance, issue fairly detailed writers’ guidelines explaining exactly what must happen in a book they publish (and what must not).
I have heard Obama officials say more than once, ‘You will have blood on your hands if you publish this story.’
In a democracy, you don’t need anyone’s permission to form a new political party, publish a politically charged article, or organize a ‘tea party.’ And in open markets, individuals are free to buy and invest as they see fit.
And I can’t think of a reason I’d ever use a pseudonym, as I wouldn’t want to publish something that I didn’t like enough to put my name on it.
If you’re going to self – publish, you need to know why you’re doing it, what you want to accomplish, and how you plan to implement that.
I used to publish these stories in 32-page comics, and I would either do short stories or break the long ones up into chunks so there would be some variety inside the comic. But since then, people have been doing more and more long, standalone works, and the term ‘graphic novel’ has sort of become the codified term now.
After this, I took private lessons in Italian from an elementary school teacher. He gave me themes to write about, and some of them turned out so well that he told me to publish them in a newspaper.
I was always so relieved that anyone wants to publish anything I’ve written.
I have a tendency, more than most other physicists, to try to figure out everything all at once, before I publish. And even to try to figure out everything in my head, without pencil and paper.
If a student takes the whole series of my folklore courses including the graduate seminars, he or she should learn something about fieldwork, something about bibliography, something about how to carry out library research, and something about how to publish that research.
Journalists who swallow the subject’s account whole and publish it are not journalists but publicists.
An editor is an accomplice, looking in from the outside. That objective view is essential. We don’t write in a vacuum, and we don’t publish in a vacuum.
I’d love to maybe try writing. I don’t know if I’d publish anything, but as a hobby, it’s really nice. I bought a typewriter, and I really like to write on the typewriter sometimes. It’s a fun little hobby.
So now I have a collection of poetry by Aaron Neville and I give it to people I want to share it with. I’d like to publish it someday.
The biggest profit center for investment banks is the hefty fees they charge for underwriting stock offerings and giving financial advice, and analysts put those profits at risk if they publish negative conclusions about the companies that pay the fees.
I thought that I would have a huge literary novel coming out when I was, like, 29. I quit my banking job, and I was halfway through my second novel – and I will never publish it, because it’s very mediocre.
When newspapers started to publish the box office scores of movies, I was horrified. Those results are totally fake because they never include the promotion budget.
If you want to publish data, you should do it to share knowledge.
Everything I publish is for my readers.
If the scholar feels that he must know everything about any topic, he is in trouble – and will not publish with a clear conscience.
If you publish something in traditional media, it’s one-way. With social media, we get all this info coming back from those who read our posts.
If you publish Mahatma Gandhi’s autobiography, no one will read it but if it’s Madhuri Dixit’s or Madhubala’s autobiography people will come and read it.
I get really frustrated – actually, it almost makes me angry – when I see, sometimes, magazines will publish a musician’s playlist. They’ll go and they’ll ask, I don’t know, somebody from Aerosmith or whoever, Coldplay, to list their five favourite albums. And it’s always the same stuff!
In the digital age, it is easier than ever to publish false information, which is quickly shared and taken to be true – as we often see in emergency situations, when news is breaking in real time.
Fewer than half of all university professors publish as much as one article per year.
In the ’60s, I was teaching humanities at a college in upstate New York and trying to publish a novel I’d written in graduate school. But nothing was happening. So I moved to New York City and got a job as a messenger at a place that made movies.
It’s taken me 15 years to feel I might be able to write and publish short stories, and for the assiduous checks of the industry to allow some through.
I wrote my first book when I was 15 years old. And my second book ‘1,2,3 Publish Me!’ shows everyone how writing a book is done in just the three secret editing levels I discovered!
That’s very nice if they want to publish you, but don’t pay too much attention to it. It will toss you away. Just continue to write.
You do not give a great biographer a timetable. You let them do their work and, in due course, publish it.
A very wise author once said that a writer writes for himself, and then publishes for money. I write for myself and publish just for the reader.
Would you care to publish this? Sincerely, Robert B. Parker.
Publish and be dammed.
The selfie is revolutionary to me. It is, I think, the only point in history where masses of young girls and women have been able to control, create, and publish images of themselves.
In this country you can say aloud or publish just about anything you like.
I’ve been associated with Macmillan for over 45 years. I’d like to thank them for their continued commitment to my backlist and I look forward to continuing to work with them as they publish my next novel, ‘Vicious Circle’ in 2013.
As an editor, I read Charlotte Rogan’s amazing debut novel, ‘The Lifeboat,’ when it was still in manuscript. I read it in one night, and I really wanted my company to publish it, but we lost it to another house. It’s such a wonderful combination of beautiful writing and suspenseful storytelling.
With the big publishers, they publish 50 books and promote five.
If you’re going to publish a book, you probably are going to make a fool of yourself.
It is a good idea to know which publishers publish which stories. For example, there is no sense in sending a picture book text to a publisher who does not publish picture books.
When I am composing, I try to clear my mind of having to publish, or having to sell a book or find readers. That kind of thinking gets in the way.
In France we have a law which doesn’t allow the press to publish a photo that you didn’t approve. It lets the paparazzi take the picture, but if they publish this picture, you have the choice to sue the newspaper. So me, I always sued them.
I have a lot of novels that I haven’t finished. I usually get 150 pages in and I realize it’s not going anywhere. I don’t publish everything I write. I must have six unfinished novels at least.
I chose to publish the first ‘Shopaholic’ book under a pseudonym because I wanted it to be judged on its own merits.
I don’t publish the books to make money, not at all.
Better that you should take the chance of trying something that is close to your heart, you think is what you want to write, and if they do not publish it, put it in your drawer. But maybe another day will come and you will find a place to put that.
As I see it, my job has always been to champion the work of the authors I publish.