Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Robert the Publisher's Gem of the Day

Marketing Director: We really did everything we could for that book. We're not sure where it went wrong.

Robert the Publisher: Yes, well, as they say, failure is an orphan and success has many parents.

[My personal experience--failure is one of those situations where a maternity/paternity test might be in order, what with all the blame-passing. And as for success, they do say it takes a village to raise a child!]

8 comments:

Brian F. said...

My experience has been that when something goes wrong with a book, it's most often directly attributable to not enough people buying it.

No need to thank me for my boundless sagacity.

Ann Victor said...

That's a pretty good gem of the day from R the P! I think I'll steal it for future use...

Lapillus said...

I rather like your analogy better. :)

AC said...

I like yours better, too ;)

For some reason the "it takes a village" quote always makes me think of Hillary Clinton. Not sure why.

pacatrue said...

I belong to the Brian F. school of political punditry. I've concluded for instance that Obama won the U.S. election largely due to the number of votes cast.

Word verification: peads. Sounds like something one should say in a Wodehouse novel.

writtenwyrdd said...

Great line!

Alli said...

That is a brilliant line and went directly into my "favourite quotes" file. Plus your link got emailed to a few people I know would apprecaite it. Nice one!

Matt Jarpe said...

How about "It takes a village to raise a child, but only one scumbag to screw him up for life?"

My debut novel launch didn't go so very well, but I'm willing to take my particle of blame. The rest goes to the economy. Or society. Someone else, anyway. (I had to link to your blog post about the magic number for novel sucess to redirect another person's pointing finger of blame. So thanks for that.)