This book contains a collection of Mark Twain's sentiments on writing and publishing.
"My grammar is of a high order, though not at the top. Nobody's is. Perfect grammar - persistent, continuous, sustained - is the fourth dimension, so to speak; many have sought it, but none has found it." (From "Comment on Tautology and Grammar").
"There are some books that refuse to be written. They stand their ground year after year and will not be persuaded. It isn't because the book is not there and worth being written - it is only because the right form for the story does not present itself. There is only one right form for a story, and if you fail to find that form the story will not tell itself." (From "When a Book Gets Tired").
"To sum up, I was now an author, I was an author with some little trifle of reputation, I was an author who had published a book, I was an author who had not become rich through that publication, I was an author whose first book had cost him twelve hundred dollars in unreceived royalities, eight hundred dollars in blood money, and three dollars and sixty cents smouched from old type metal." (From "The American Publishing Company").