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Funny Quotations about Publishing

quotations about publishing

Publishing, the conduit that brings a writer's vision to readers worldwide, is a vibrant and complex industry. It encompasses the processes of editing, design, production, marketing, and distribution, ultimately transforming a manuscript into a book that can touch countless lives. Publishing is a bridge between the solitude of writing and the community of readers, playing a crucial role in the dissemination of ideas, stories, and knowledge.

This collection of funny quotations offers a glimpse into the world of publishing. They shed light on the joys and challenges of the industry, the transformational journey of a book from manuscript to print, and the impact of the digital revolution on traditional publishing practices. Whether you're a writer navigating the publishing landscape, a professional in the industry, or a reader curious about the journey a book takes before it lands in your hands, these quotations will offer insights, spark curiosity, and deepen your understanding of the ever-evolving world of publishing.

"A publisher is someone who thinks he knows what people want and is always wrong." Anon

"Publishing a volume of verse is like dropping *a rose petal*an atomic bomb*a cat* down the Grand Canyon and waiting for the echo." Don Marquis (American poet and journalist, 1878-1937)

"A publisher is just a banker in a raincoat." Edna Ferber (American writer, 1887-1968)

"Publishing is a *business*sham*scandal* but writing is a passion." Anon

An Artificial Intelligence (AI) image of Anonymous in the style of Salvador Dali

"I've had more publishers than most people have had hot dinners." Jilly Cooper (English writer, 1937-)

"The difference between a publisher and a prostitute is that the prostitute doesn't ask for a percentage of the royalties." Anon

"Publishing a book is like being *pregnant.*blessed.*a Martian.* Everyone congratulates you, but no one knows how many times you got screwed." Anon

"The publishing industry is like a game of musical chairs. Sometimes you get a seat, sometimes you don't, and sometimes you end up sitting on the floor." Anon

"Publishers are like blind men in a dark room, looking for a black cat that isn't there." Charles Dudley Warner (American writer, 1829-1900)

"Publishing is a very mysterious business. It is hard to predict what kind of sale or reception a book will have, and advertising seems to do very little good." Thomas Wolfe (American novelist, 1900-1938)

"A publisher is a person who takes your money in advance for something they're not sure they want." Arthur Miller (American playwright, 1915-2005)

"Publishing is a cruel and shallow money trench, a long plastic hallway where thieves and pimps run free, and good men die like dogs." Hunter S. Thompson (American journalist and author, 1937-2005)

"The only thing worse than being rejected by a publisher is being accepted by a publisher and then realizing you made a huge mistake." Anon

"Publishing is like *Hollywood.*boxing.*singing.* You're only as good as your last hit." Michael Korda (editor-in-chief of Simon & Schuster, 1933-)

"Publishing is a lot like dating. You have to kiss a lot of frogs before you find your prince." Anon

An Artificial Intelligence (AI) image of Anonymous in the style of Pablo Picasso

"Publishers are like *vultures.*sharks.*bankers.* They circle around you, waiting for you to die, and then they swoop in and pick your bones clean." Anon

"Publishing a book is easy. Selling a book is hard." Anon

An Artificial Intelligence (AI) image of Anonymous in the style of Claude Monet

"Publishers are like parents. They give birth to your book, but then they expect you to raise it." Anon

AUTHOR: Please give immediate decision; have other irons in the fire.
MANAGEMENT: Suggest removing irons and inserting manuscript. Anon (telegram from an impatient author who had sent her play to a theatrical management)

"In a profession where simple accountancy is preferable to a degree in English, illiteracy is not considered to be a great drawback." Dominic Behan (Irish writer, 1928-)

"The world needs your book, just not many copies of it." Derek Brewer (British academic and publisher, 1923-2008)

"The poem will please if it is lively – if it is stupid, it will fail – but I will have none of your damned cutting and slashing." Lord Byron (English poet, 1788-1824)

"Manuscript: something submitted in haste and returned at leisure." Oliver Herford (English-born American humorist, 1863-1935)

A publisher who writes is like a *cow in a milk bar.*man on a mission.*dog with a bone.* Arthur Koestler (Hungarian-born writer, 1905-83)

"I suppose publishers are untrustworthy. They certainly always look it." Oscar Wilde (Irish dramatist and poet, 1854-1900)

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