--Kim Bouchard, Sales, Operation and Event Manager, Macmillan Speakers Bureau, www.macmillanspeakersbureau.com
--Norm Goldman, Publisher & Editor of www.bookpleasures.com
“We are really about writing and reading - and what will define the industry in four or forty years is the writing that is being done. Let us pray for some new writers of all kinds, from thrillers to lifestyle, to children's authors, to senior folk who have a lifetimes’ experience about which they can write fluently. Let it always be surprising, sharp, imaginative, truthful, fascinating, shocking and brilliant.
“I'm not at all religious, but one of my favourite books is Genesis - the story of how things got going: it is outrageous, full of insight, lewd and the product of an inventive mind that would stagger an editor in the Big 6 if it was offered today. Let's have more like that.
“Maybe all that will change is that the big 6 will become the big 10. Let's hope it doesn't turn into the Big 3. And finally there is a big future in fruit: Apple, Orange, Banana - and Bilbary. Good for all of us.”