From the classic novel True Grit by master of understated humor Charles Portis (in the voice of the narrator Mattie Ross opining on the state of publishing):
I have a newspaper record of a part of that Wharton trial and it is not an official transcript but it is faithful enough. I have used it and my memories to write a good historical article that I have titled, You will now listen to the sentence of the law, Odus Wharton, which is that you be hanged by the neck until you are dead, dead dead! May God, whose laws you have broken and before whose dread tribunal you must appear, have mercy on your soul. Being a personal recollection of Isaac C. Parker, the famous Border Judge.
But the magazines of today do not know a good story when they see one. They would rather print trash. They say my article is too long and “discursive.” Nothing is too long or too short either if you have a true and interesting tale and what I call a “graphic” writing style combined with educational aims. I do not fool around with newspapers. They are always after me for historical write-ups but when the talk gets around to money the paper editors are most of them “cheap skates” … great ones for reaping where they have not sown. Another game they have is to send reporters out to talk to you and get your stories for free. I know the young reporters are not paid well and I would not mind helping those boys out with their “scoops” if they could ever get anything straight.