If I had known that it would take me 17 years to finish that collection, and three more years to publish it, perhaps I never would have even begun.

But ignorance can sometimes — not always, but sometimes — be as beneficial as knowledge. Ignorance is beneficial when we are aware of it.

A fake ad for the fake books Suzy Bishop takes with her when she runs away with Sam Shakusky in Moonrise Kingdom.

This image is from The Wes Anderson Collection by Matt Zoller Seitz. It’s on page 283, but no credit for who created it is listed. The excerpts of the books Suzy reads in the film were written by Wes Anderson and Roman Coppola, who also wrote the film.

omgwritingandstuff  asked:

*curtsies* Dear Duke, I read on a post a while back that you attended the Denver Publishing Institute. I'll be attending it myself starting July 10. Do you have any advice to help me make the most of my time there?

*Curtsies* First of all, BE SO EXCITED BECAUSE IT IS SO MUCH GREAT. Now to actual advice:

  • Do the advance reading in advance. No, you don’t have to read the entire CMoS, but get a copy of it, read everything else they assign, take notes, and be ready to talk about it.
  • Start paying attention to what’s going on in bookland NOW. Follow publishers and agents on Twitter, sign up for Shelf Awareness, etc. You’ll feel a lot less overwhelmed when you get there if you already have your finger on the publishing pulse.
  • Take the homework seriously. A lot of it, especially the copy-editing, will take much longer than you think.
  • Speak up in class. Now’s not the time to be shy. Now’s the time to ask questions and test ideas and learn as much as you possibly can about the business of books because this is an amazing opportunity you won’t get again. 
  • NETWORK. Introduce yourself to other students and speakers. Take their business cards and pay attention to who’s who because you never know when they’re going to be hiring or when they might be able to help you out in the future. 
  • It’s a publishing institute, not a writing institute. I’m just guessing this based on your URL, but it looks like you might be a writer–and that’s great! So was and I and probably a lot of your classmates will be, too. But the point of this program is not to give you a sneaky leg up on your writing career. Do not ask lecturers if they’ll read your stuff. That’s not why you’re there, and trust me, people will not be impressed. They’ll wonder if you’re really serious about publishing. Save the writing stuff for a writing workshop.
  • Go out and do stuff. Obviously make sure your work is done, but once it is, get out of the dorms and explore Denver, because it’s a cool city. Go to restaurants, go hiking, go to the zoo, go to the Tattered Cover, go to baseball games, go to Elitch Gardens, go to movies on the outdoor screen downtown. Seriously, there’s so much to do. Invite your classmates. Get to know them. Everything is more fun with friends.
  • Be aware of the altitude. Do not do what I did and forget how far you are above sea level and get wasted on like three margaritas or go for a three-mile run and then realize your lungs are bleeding. Ease into it.
  • WEAR SUNSCREEN. Denver is UBER sunny nine days out of ten and broseph, you will get cooked alive if you’re not careful. 

And, of course, have fun.