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    The idea that an author can extricate her or his own ongoing life experience from the tale being written is a conceit of very little worth.
    — Steven Erikson
    I used to do jacket design, and I'm very conscious of covers, and probably meddle more than other authors would.
    — Steven Amsterdam
    tags: conscious  author 
    Generally as a rule I am not. Unless I am super in love with a particular author, because I just want to read masterpieces. I just want to read one amazing book after another. As a completist you are generally reading the bad ones.
    — Steve Toltz
    tags: bad  rules  reading  book  author  read 
    There are authors like David Foster Wallace or Raymond Chandler - with voice-based authors I might end up a completist, because what I love about them isn't just the particular construction of one novel or another but their flavor. There is an Austrian writer, Thomas Bernhard, as well. One book is not necessarily greater than another book, but they just have this incredible, unique voice, so it doesn't really matter which one you read.
    — Steve Toltz
    tags: novel  book  author  read 
    It seems to me as I reviewed the literature that, with few exceptions, the more confident were the prescriptions about how to behave with ethics and integrity, the further removed was the author from the life and work of the everyday manager.
    — Steve Kerr
    I think there are so many books out there written on relationships and romance that women are the authors of. How can women know exactly how men think? And there are so many guys out there with relationship books who are just not telling the truth. They have shaded parts.
    — Steve Harvey
    I ain't no author, man . . . my writing skills are not of "New York Times" best-seller quality, trust and believe it ain't. My vocabulary ain't.
    — Steve Harvey
    I believe novels can have secrets from their author, a notion I imagine would appall Nabokov.
    — Steve Erickson
    The Transformation of the World is lavishly reinforced with critical apparatus (that, too, must have been a labor of Hercules to translate-I honestly never expected to see this book in English), but by far its greatest attraction is the intelligence and more important the wisdom of its author. It's a towering achievement no serious reader should miss.
    — Steve Donoghue
    Authors should be as involved with the marketing of their books as they want to be. No more, no less. I happen to recognized, quite early on, that no one was going to buy my book if I didn't do everything I could to let them know that the book existed.
    — Steve Almond
    tags: book  author  marketing 
    I don't really think of my narrator in terms of gender. I think of them much more in basic emotional terms. As an author, you either love yer peeps or you don't. There's no such thing as a "masculine voice" or a "feminine voice". Men and women think and speak and act in, like, a zillion different ways. Also, as a gross generalization: women tend to live closer to their feelings than men.
    — Steve Almond
    tags: men  women  live  gender  emotional  author 
    Most bad books get that way because their authors are engaged in trying to justify themselves. If a vain author is an alcoholic, then the most sympathetically portrayed character in his book will be an alcoholic. This sort of thing is very boring for outsiders.
    — Stephen Vizinczey
    tags: character  bad  book  author 
    All the best performers bring to their role something more, something different than what the author put on paper. That's what makes theatre live. That's why it persists.
    — Stephen Sondheim
    tags: live  author 
    Making lyrics feel natural, sit on music in such a way that you dont feel the effort of the author, so that they shine and bubble and rise and fall, is very, very hard to do. Whereas you can sit at the piano and just play and feel youre making art.
    — Stephen Sondheim
    tags: music  author  lyrics 
    If you want a symbol of Roman power and strength look no further than the Praetorian or Imperial Guard. We could take this one step further. It was this world of Roman power into which Christ came, in which the Apostles ministered, in which the New Testament authors wrote, and in which Christianity came into being. And to all of those things, Rome stood opposed, violently opposed.
    — Stephen Nichols
    I think that black fiction authors have to work very hard to avoid being typed as seeking only a black audience.
    — Stephen L. Carter
    tags: work  author  fiction  black 
    Sometimes someone will tell me about an author I've never heard of before and that will send me to that person. That's how I discovered Thomas Bernhard, an Austrian novelist whose novels tend to be one long rant.
    — Stephen Dobyns
    tags: people  novel  author 
    Northwestern's alumni list is truly impressive. This university has graduated best-selling authors, Olympians, presidential candidates, Grammy winners, Peabody winners, Emmy winners, and that's just me!
    — Stephen Colbert
    tags: author  university 
    The best author is a dead author, because he's out of your way and you own the play. Take what he has given you and use it for what you need.
    — Stella Adler
    tags: author 
    Your book may be a masterpiece but do not suggest that to the publisher because many of the most hopeless manuscripts that have come his way have probably been so described by their authors.
    — Stanley Unwin
    tags: book  author 
    To be an author, and an executive producer, and a host, and I don't even know, I mean I actually have a resume now, which is pretty cool.
    — Sophia Amoruso
    tags: author 
    I particularly love where I work because I was born, raised, and still live in the Bronx. I work in a Bronx location, so it's very fulfilling to me to be working in my home borough, and working with kids that are a lot like me and who can see themselves in me. My own teaching philosophy is to expose them to books that they might not otherwise read, particularly authors of color, authors whose stories are based in New York City.
    — Sofia Quintero
    Out of all artists, authors are the least trained for the spotlight. Wanting attention isn't a requisite part of the package.
    — Sloane Crosley
    tags: attention  author  artist 
    For me, titles are either a natural two-second experience or stressful enough to give you an ulcer. If they don't pop out perfect on the first try, they can be really hard to repair. Or, worse, if the author thinks they pop out perfect, but the publishing house does not agree, it's difficult to shift gears. And then? Then you go insane.
    — Sloane Crosley
    tags: experience  author 
    My grandmother was a kind of Scarsdale, New York, society woman, best known in her day as the author of the 1959 book 'Growing Your Own Way: An Informal Guide for Teen-Agers' - this despite being a person whose parenting style made Joan Crawford's wire hangers look like pool noodles.
    — Sloane Crosley
    All authors secretly hope that their works will be read in 100 years' time and 200 years, and that they will somehow survive into the future.
    — Sjon
    tags: time  work  future  author  read  hope  year 
    When audiences come to see us authors lecture, it is largely in the hope that we'll be funnier to look at than to read.
    — Sinclair Lewis
    tags: author  read  hope 
    The world and all its wisdom is but a booby, blundering school-boy that needs management and could be managed, if men and women would be human beings instead of just business men, or plumbers, or army officers, or commuters, or educators, or authors, or clubwomen, or traveling salesmen, or Socialists, or Republicans, or Salvation Army leaders, or wearers of cloths.
    — Sinclair Lewis
    A work of art has an author and yet, when it is perfect, it has something which is anonymous about it.
    — Simone Weil
    tags: work  author 
    I think that when you pay tribute and are citing, not only through naming the authors but also through the acknowledgement of the form, that you are in no way plagiarizing.
    — Simone Muench
    tags: author 
    I wanted to be an artist after all, and my teachers told me these were the best authors the 20th century had to offer. But these books sucked. They were so boring and sloppy and plotless. And Bob Dylan's lyrics seemed nonsensical to me - almost like he had just gotten high and written down whatever random thoughts occurred to him.
    — Simon Rich
    tags: thoughts  book  author  artist  lyrics 
    Somebody will be able to crack ebook files in the same way that people cracked music files a decade ago. An author could have worked for three years on his book, have someone buy it for their Kindle for £6.99 and then see it shared with everyone in the world for free.
    — Simon Armitage
    tags: people  world  music  book  author  year 
    I don't use names or captions for my many portraits of politicians and authors for newspapers. The drawing has to be self-explanatory, so I spend a lot of time sketching to find an idea and an angle that is clear.
    — Siegfried Woldhek
    tags: time  author  ideas 
    I've been drawing authors and politicians for newspapers for many years. I try to read up on the person; in the case of authors, read one of their books. I watch interviews via YouTube and collect pictures via the Internet.
    — Siegfried Woldhek
    tags: book  author  read  internet  year 
    Sit down and put down everything that comes into your head and then you're a writer. But an author is one who can judge his own stuff's worth, without pity, and destroy most of it.
    — Sidonie Gabrielle Colette
    tags: author  worth 
    The books we enjoy as children stay with us forever - they have a special impact. Paragraph after paragraph and page after page, the author must deliver his or her best work.
    — Sid Fleischman
    tags: children  work  forever  child  book  author 
    Who were my mentors in poetry and literature? This is a matter of opinion. Some see in my books the influences of authors whose names, in my ignorance, I have not even heard, while others see the influences of poets whose names I have heard but whose writings I have not read. And what is my opinion? From whom did I receive nurture? Not every man remembers the name of the cow which supplied him with each drop of milk he has drunk.
    — Shmuel Yosef Agnon
    Female authors were still using male names when I was young, or they were neatly shoehorned into womens books except for those few that men could always point at when the disparity was pointed out.
    — Sherwood Smith
    tags: men  young  book  author 
    I was first published as a paranormal author back in the early 1990s. I was one of the founders of that original wave of paranormal and am the leader of the new wave of paranormal that started at the beginning of this century.
    — Sherrilyn Kenyon
    I take time with each person and try to remember them, especially if they're a repeater from another event. I know a lot of authors just sign a book and keep their heads down, but I'm not like that.
    — Sherrilyn Kenyon
    tags: time  people  book  author 
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