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Furthermore, when I talk and tell stories, a lot of
them, of course, are about authors that I know, Random House
authors, and I consequently mention a lot of Random House
books in the course of a lecture. So I'm selling at the
same time; and I'm meeting the heads of the English departments,
hearing about any budding geniuses on the campus,
and you never can tell. You're planting seeds!
You don't know when they're going to sprout!
Of course, every time that I go out my editors groan
because a flood of unbelievable trash comes in from people
who have heard me. I always say that we like the young
writers. They say, “Well, I'm a young writer and I have
this work of genius,” and in comes this unbelievable trash.
But you never can tell. Gone with the Wind was found that
Have you ever come across anything that way?
We've published a couple of such books. I don't
think that any of them have been great outstanding successes,
but I've met in the course of my wanderings some important
authors who later came to Random House--not right away, but
when they had a fight with their own publishers, they had
a back-up that they knew and could come to see. Half the
time we didn't want them, but we did sign up a couple of them.
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