The first chapter sells the book; the last chapter sells the next book.
The most important part of a story is the ending. No one reads a book to get to the middle.
Those big-shot writers could never dig the fact that there are more salted peanuts consumed than caviar.
Inspiration is an empty bank account.
If the public likes you, you're good. Shakespeare was a common, down-to-earth writer in his day.
I have no fans. You know what I got? Customers. And customers are your friends.
Hemingway hated me. I sold 200 million books, and he didn't. Of course most of mine sold for 25 cents, but still... you look at all this stuff with a grain of salt.
I don't like people. I don't like any kind of people. When you get them together in a big lump they all get nasty and dirty and full of trouble. So I don't like people including you. That's what a misanthropist is.
Mike Hammer drinks beer because I can't spell Cognac.
I dont like any of them, because they don't read the books. In Kiss Me Deadly my story is better than his story. Anthony Quinn played in The Lond Wait and he didn't read the book either.
If you're a singer you lose your voice. A baseball player loses his arm. A writer gets more knowledge, and if he's good, the older he gets, the better he writes.
I'm not an author, I'm a writer, that's all I am. Authors want their names down in history; I want to keep the smoke coming out of the chimney.
I started off at the high level, in the slick magazines, but they didn't use my name, they used house names. Anyway, then I went downhill to the pulps, then downhill further to the comics.
Nobody reads a book to get to the middle.
I'm actually a softie. Tough guys get killed too early... I've got a full head of hair and don't wear eyeglasses.
I know an awful lot of Hollywood people, who are so self-important, I can't understand it.
I'm the most translated writer in the world, behind Lenin, Tolstoy, Gorki and Jules Verne. And they're all dead.
Nobody reads a mystery to get to the middle; they read it to get to the end. If it's a letdown, they won't buy any more. The first page sells that book. The last page sells your next book.
See, heroes never die. John Wayne isn't dead, Elvis isn't dead. Otherwise you don't have a hero. You can't kill a hero. That's why I never let him get older.
If the public likes you, you're good.
I'm a commercial writer, not an author. Margaret Mitchell was an author. She wrote one book.
I'm 82 years old, wherever I go everybody knows me, but here's why... I'm a merchandiser, I'm not just a writer, I stay in every avenue you can think of.
I read all the time... I read a lot of history books.
If I need something, I'll invent it.
Stephen King. Now I'm not crazy about him, but he's a great a writer.
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