"Right now, I think we need writers who know the difference between the production of a market commodity and the practice of an art. Developing written material to suit sales strategies in order to maximize corporate profit and advertising revenue is not quite the same thing as responsible book publishing or authorship. (Thank you, brave applauders.)"
—Author Ursula K. Le Guin at the National Book Awards last night
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David Dyer-Bennet: "The important parts of writing aren't business-oriented, and the skillset of writing to a perceived target, and writing from the heart, are very different, anyway. Publishing needs enough business orientation to stay in business, but very little of the work that means the most to me would get published if they were 'perfect' at the business side."
Steve Rosenblum: "If you are a reader of fiction who has never been a science fiction or fantasy buff, I highly recommend that you cross over and give Ms. LeGuin's The Left Hand of Darkness or The Lathe of Heaven a try. She is a superb writer and, like many great fiction writers, regardless of the setting her subject is the human condition. Splendid books."