If you wait for inspiration to write you're not a writer, you're a waiter.

— Dan Poynter

The most terrific Dan Poynter quotes that are new and everybody is talking about

Each step you take reveals a new horizon.

You have taken the first step today. Now, I challenge you to take another.

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If skydiving were safe, the parachute center would not require you to sign a waiver.

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If only it were as easy to do the work of others as it is to criticize their performance.

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If the big publishers are doing so well, why do they require writers to send return postage with their manuscripts?

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Many first-time authors are not concerned about the advance or royalties, they want the notoriety. They get smarter on their second book and look for the money.

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Run a test. Give a 5-year-old a printed book and an iPad and see what happens. That 5-year-old is going to go right for the iPad. They're not intimidated by it. They know what to do with it. They'll start searching around. And in a children's e-book, you can have links to kid-safe encyclopedia. So if they click on the lion, it takes them to Africa and tells them all about lions. So now, the e-book is educational.

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Do not collaborate with someone you would not go camping with.

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Fiction writers can’t be trusted. They make things up.

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Book writing is not a get-rich-quick scheme.

Anyone who decides to write a book must expect to invest a lot of time and effort without any guarantee of success. Books do not write themselves and they do not sell themselves. Authors write and promote their books.

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Write on a subject you love. Your profit center should also be your passion center.

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Marriage is the only game where the trapped animal has to buy the license.

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A manuscript not submitted is a book not published.

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About Dan Poynter

Quotes 16 sayings
Profession Author
Birthday September 17, 1938

Copyright? Copy RIGHT: Steal ideas, steal facts but do not steal words.

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Five Minute Marketing is entertaining and thought provoking marketing advice by a Canadian for Canadians.

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Printing and transporting paper is very expensive, and e-books eliminate the expensive four-color printing, the higher quality paper, the ocean shipping, the customs clearance, the inventory, answering the telephone, writing up the orders, picking, packing and shipping and managing all of these functions. So we eliminate a huge number of costs and the chance that those books won't sell.

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