1040. Short Stories, Long Time


1040. He made a fist and shook it once. "Finally! I just finished my second e‐book. Seven years for two e‐books. How pathetic. Some authors write seven real books in seven years." His wife said, "Well, your books just took longer to 'percolate.' And, you're such a perfectionist, everything you wrote, you rewrote twice—that's six books!" He said, "I wish. But you do have to write the right words. Mark Twain said the difference between the wrong word and the right word is like the difference between a lightning bug and lightning. I just hope all my percolating and perfectorating pay off. We need this book to help pay the bills." She said, "But why an e‐book again? Hardbacks make more money." He said, "Two reasons. One, hardbacks cost much more to produce. Two, I don't ever want to see my creation looking up at me from a Remainder bin." 3.3

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