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the country. In fact, I think that we have the greatest
bunch of people. I love our people. Now the girls are all
wearing too short mini-skirts, which is disturbing to the
male population; but I have had no complaints.
If the advance demanded is over $10,000, what happens?
Then we have a discussion.
Do you have a meeting once a week or...?
There are two ways of doing this at Random House. One
is regular meetings, which I loath and detest. I won't go
to them. The other is, when I want a meeting, I get the
people that I want and we talk, which is the way that I
think a publishing business should be run. I think that
this business of an editorial meeting every Tuesday morning
and a publicity meeting every Wednesday morning is unnecessary.
It unfortunately is taking place in every publishing house,
and Random House is no exception. I've written articles
about these endless meetings, kidding them. In fact, I
won't go to the meetings. I think it's a waste of time.
Always about half the people there don't belong there.
They should be in their own office editing books!
Your young editors...do they have to get a senior
editor to go along with them?
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