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Philip Pullman on the power of the author

"Writing is a totalitarian act. You have absolute power of life and death over every punctuation mark, every sentence, every line in the story. You are the boss. And when you're in the act of writing, you shouldn't listen to anyone else."

- Philip Pullman, interviewed in the London Times Magazine

These words of wisdom from award-winning author of the His Dark Materials trilogy, as told to interviewer Fiona Wilson, will resonate with any author. But it struck us particularly because we are often approached by aspiring writers who want to create stories set in scientific settings - but who have been discouraged to do so by agents and editors who deem such topics "unpopular". Such authors should stick to their vision and follow exactly where their interest and passion leads.

Because they're the boss.