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January 12, 2010

MANTRA 38

Filed under: Mantra — M Kitchen @ 12:55 pm

Neil Gaiman quote:

“So far I’ve not yet gotten to the point where I’ve ever written anything, in the last twenty something years, for money. And that’s only because the very very first book I did, published in October 1984, a biography of Duran Duran, was done entirely for money. And I was very young and very hungry and it bought me an electric typewriter… umm, which sort of dates it. And at the end of it, it came out, and I looked at this book, and I thought; you know, I spent five months of my life working on this book, and I don’t want to read it. I’ve actually written a book I wouldn’t have wanted to read. And I thought – and THEN immediately after it came out and was an ENORMOUS SUCCESS, the publisher went bankrupt, like, within two weeks, and that was that. So, I’ve only ever had my initial advance, and I thought; right, that was an interesting lesson; you do stuff just for the money, you don’t even necessarily get the money, and then you don’t have anything, cause you don’t have a book to be proud of. And it was a really good lesson. So, from that point on I’ve always done stuff that I enjoyed and always done stuff that I thought would be fun, and always done stuff that I wanted to read.” *

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