"I wish you would make up your mind, Mr. Dickens. Was it the best of times or was it the worst of times? It could scarcely have been both."
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"We believe that in a former life she was an editor."
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"Mr. Kellwood is looking for someone to assist him in recasting his journals into a form suitable for wider audience. The tone should be urbane, warm, and scholarly—somewhat in the manner of Lewis Thomas, but, of course, about plywood."
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"I love your novel, and I feel that it would make excellent nesting material."
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"I can see it going even a little more feline."
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"There's the pressure from my public, naturally, as well as the pressure from my publisher, my agent, and all that. But the real pressure comes from that devil inside that makes me different from other men, that makes me a writer. But, of course, you know all about pressure, grinding out those papers at Sarah Lawrence."
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"The editor who turned down the first Harry Potter book, say hello to the publisher who took a pass on Stephen King."
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"Here it is - my novel. I'll be interested to hear your compliments."
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"We're really, really interested. Now take it home and make it sing."
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"Your editor wants to know if you have enough flexibility to just give up."
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"This is a very important book. In fact, it's too important to publish."
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"It's structured as a set of two parallel stories that no one would ever want to read."
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"Ted was severely edited as a child."
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"Great money scenes!"
"I fear there are only so many bamboo metaphors the average reader can tolerate."
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"It's a terrifically gripping detective thriller, but we were wondering if you could make it Swedish."
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"I love it. Unspeakable, but accessible."
"Tell it like it was, man."
"Glen, I'm not just your editor. I'm also your best friend, and I'm telling you, lose the cat."
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Brexit vs. The Editor
After 20 years, at 25 West 43rd Street, between the 19th and 18th floors: "Hello, Mr. Koren," "Hello, Mr. Shawn."
"My parents didn't write it--they just tweaked it."
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"I translate books from English into better English."
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"Great story. Lacks a hook."
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"Dumb it up."
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