Benjamin Franklin, 1767, by David Martin
The hardest thing about writing fiction is coming up with a witty quote for which you'll later become famous.--Melanie Sherman
Okay, so I admit that might not make me famous. I've been worried about this for about a month. Were I to obtain a spectacular agent (and, of course, any agent who offered representation would be spectacular--just saying) and the agent were to sell the book to a brilliant publishing house, naturally there'd be calls from Oprah and The Today Show, the local 5 PM news, and my parents. They would all want an interview and they would all expect a quote. Authors always seem to have them.
Fiction is obliged to stick to possibilities. Truth isn't.--Mark Twain
Either write something worth reading or do something worth writing.--Ben Franklin
All my best thoughts were stolen by the ancients.-- Ralph Waldo Emerson
"Is that a bulletproof vest? See, now that's so insulting. That's like saying I'm not smart enough to shoot you in the head." --Janet Evanovich (Seven Up)
At first I thought writing the book would be difficult. That wasn't nearly as hard as rewriting it. Six times. But even that wasn't as bad as the query letter. I thought that was the worst of all, but I was wrong. Coming up with an amusing, charismatic quote is like a senior citizen expecting to still have a full head of hair after pulling out the gray ones.
You don't suppose I'm merely procrastinating on my revisions, do you?