It takes two to speak the truth: one to speak, and another to hear.
In my ideal world, my next novel would have a first printing of, say, 2,500 hardcovers for reviewers, libraries, collectors, and autograph hounds. The publisher could print more copies if they get low. And simultaneously, or six weeks later, the book would be available in paperback.
When I was the NIH director, I often expressed envy of institute directors: they had the money and ran the scientific programmes.
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