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.
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 anymore. The first page sells that book. The last page sells your next book.
Where the Truth Lies ... L.A. Confidential.
If the public likes you, you're good. Shakespeare was a common, down-to-earth writer in his day.
I'm a commercial writer, not an author. Margaret Mitchell was an author. She wrote one book.
Those big-shot writers could never dig the fact that there are more salted peanuts consumed than caviar
Nobody reads a book to get to the middle.
Guys like you can't escape the city. Hell, you a got a blood contract with this place. You're married to the old girl.
I know an awful lot of Hollywood people, who are so self-important, I can't understand it.
I don't care what the editor likes or dislikes, I care what the people like.
Victor Saville was bad news because he wanted money just to do one big picture.
I knew a couple of things... during the war years they came out with reprints of all the Dumas novels, Moby Dick, for the servicemen, and I saw this and believe me I'm a very sharp merchandiser, and I say this is the new marketplace for writing: original paperback books.
I read all the time... I read a lot of history books.
Authors want their names down in history; I want to keep the smoke coming out of the chimney.
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.