This from Ben Schrank (Razorbill):
We don't care about the market - we make the market. Write to make a difference to a kid.
Alvina Ling (Little Brown) on literary fiction:
It's great writing...you're pulled along so you don't realize that nothing is going on (love that!). She said literary writing is laced with beautiful descriptions, where you savor each word. The plot unfolds beneath the surface, and there are small turning points, based on what the reader knows about the character. As an exercize, she suggested rewriting the first paragraph of a commercial book in a literary style.