“Social media sites such as Twitter, Facebook and Goodreads have contributed to a culture in which everyone reads–and tells their friends about–the same handful of books a year. …
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The need to secure one of the few must-read books of the year has given rise to an elite new club: the million-dollar literary debut.”
–Jennifer Maloney (‘Betting Big On Literary Newcomers,’ The Wall Street Journal, Arena, Friday, Nov. 20, 2015)
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“You may tear apart the baby’s rattle and see what makes the noise inside, but there is a veil covering the unseen world which not the strongest man, nor even the united strength of all the strongest men that ever lived, could tear apart. Only faith, fancy, poetry, love, romance, can push aside that curtain and view and picture the supernal beauty and glory beyond.”
— Francis Pharcellus Church
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The best approach is to use italics very very judiciously.
Start with thinking you can’t use any, and then use it only if you absolutely must.
–Janet Reid, Literary Agent (aka Shark)
“Once we learn that a field is ‘an ancient noun connoting human effort,’ every time we encounter the word we can ask ourselves what the effort involved is–thus a coalfield becomes about the miners’ sweat, not the coal.”
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