"The only way I can write a decent story is to imagine no one's going to accept it + who cares. Self-consciousness about editors is ruinous to me." — F. Scott Fitzgerald.
And a similar sentiment from a leading editor of Fitzgerald's day:
"When a writer wants to please an editor, the surest way is to forget all about him. The editor is not reading the story for his own entertainment. He reads with only one idea in mind: 'Will this story appeal to all kinds of people? Is it a good story?'" — Harford Powell, Jr., editor of Collier's, 1921.