“Something of real quality will be recognized somewhere, sooner or later” — Mimi Jones, editor.
“Publishers are always on the lookout for a good book. This is something to keep in mind no matter how discouraging the prospect of finding a publisher is, no matter how many rejection slips you get, and no matter how overwhelming the odds seem.” — Richard Balkin, A writer’s guide to book publishing.
“Until you have canvassed at least 25-30 publishers you haven’t given your book the chance it has to get published.”– Richard Balkin, agent.
“When novice writers ask my advice about getting published, one point i can’t emphasize too strongly is the importance of being absolutely relentless about submissions. Once you’ve gotten a story to the point you think it’s worth submitting, you must submit it and submit it and submit it until someone somewhere breaks down and buys it.” — Lawrence Block, telling lies for fun and profit.
“After twenty commercial publishing houses have turned down a book, i try a small press. When you love a book, you can’t give it up.” Ellen Levine, agent.
“In the end it’s up to you. I’d say that in today’s tough publishing climate, you have to want to be a writer very, very much in order to succeed.” — Attributed to Joseph Hansen, mystery writer.