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The Questionless Books Interview: Editor, Critic, and Blogger Steven W. Beattie

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Steven Beattie

In The Questionless Books Interview, I get a whole bunch of books people (from authors to editors to publishers to sales / publicity / production people, booksellers, designers, librarians, readers, etc) to "answer" a series of unspoken "questions". The results highlight a delightful mix of the opportunities and challenges facing our sector: from doom and gloom to sunshine and rainbows, and every irony in between.

Steven W. Beattie is the review editor of Quill & Quire. He maintains the literary blog That Shakespearean Rag.

Steven's Links:

That Shakespearean Rag
The Quill and Quire

I am frequently confused.

I am known to say things I later regret.

I do this in print, all too often.

I do this because I can’t help myself.

I do this when I breathe.

The way I do this is irritating to a large cadre of people.

At his/her core, a Writer is a truth-teller.

As opposed to an Author, who is responsible for self-promotion.

A Writer is responsible for telling the truth.

As opposed to an Author, who is a self-promoter.

At its core, Publishing is a business.

As opposed to Editing, which is an art.

A Publisher should always work in the best interests of its authors.

As opposed to an Editor, who should always work in the best interest of a writer.

A Manuscript that's ready to be read by others is probably not ready for publication.

As opposed to a Book that's ready to be read by others, which is probably not ready for publication.

A Manuscript should always be on unbound, 8½ x 11 white bond.

As opposed to a Book, which should always include covers and binding along the left.

At its core, Bookselling is in dire straits.

As opposed to Book Marketing, which is alchemy.

The smallest unit of narrative is a fart.

The biggest reason to anticipate the future is the cheque’s in the mail.

The biggest reason to be scared of the future is widespread acceptance of poor spelling.

In the future we will all bow down to our robot overlords.

At his/her core, a Reader is a dreamer.

However, the ideal Reader is an intelligent dreamer.

The views expressed in the Writer-in-Residence blogs are those held by the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of Open Book: Toronto.

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