Pratchett: Why Do People Write Authors?

“Why do people write authors? Field evidence here suggest that some are aspiring authors themselves and want the map reference to the Holy Grail. People really do ask us: How do you get published? with a strong implication that there must be more to it than, well, writing a decent book and sending it to publishers until one of them gives in. They want the Secret. I wish I knew what it was.”

– Terry Pratchett, A Slip of the Keyboard: Collected Non-Fiction (p. 71)

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