Local (Malaysian) authors (especially), please take note ...
"Authors: reviewers are not your friends. This is not to say that we are out to get you, either - merely that we don't have your interests at heart." - Roger Sutton, Editor-in-Chief, The Horn Book, Inc, in this post from his blog.
The author of the Webs of Significance blog commented on my Gnooks post and, on checking out her blog, I came across this quote from a Malory Towers book. Pretty cool, don't you think?
"I want you all to listen to me for a minute or two. One day you will leave this school and go out into the world as young women. You should take with you eager minds, kind hearts and a will to help. You should take with you a good understanding of many things and a willingness to accept responsibility, and show yourselves as women to be loved and trusted. All these things you will be able to learn at Malory Towers -- if you will.
I do not count as our successes those who have good scholarships and passed exams, though these are good things to do. I count as our successes those who learn to be good-hearted and kind, sensible and trustable, good, sound women the world can lean on. Our failures are those who do not learn these things in the years they are here...
Some of you will find it easy to learn these things, others will find it hard...But, easy or hard, they must be learnt if you are to be happy after you leave here, and if you are to bring happiness to others. " - Miss Grayling,headmistress of Malory Towers, the girls boarding school in Enid Blyton's series. (From the Webs of Significance post Favourite Female Authors Follow-up Post.)
"Just because parents have the legal right to control their children’s reading does not mean that we should encourage them to do so." - Roger Sutton (editor-in-chief of The Horn Book Magazine and writer of the Read Roger blog) in The Horn Book Magazine, March 13, 1997.