BYE BYE GAME OF THRONES. THE PARTY’S OVER – Marilyn Armstrong

Again, I tried reading "A Dance With Dragons" by George R.R. Martin. It is book five of an interminable series called "A Game of Thrones," the most violent, grim, and repetitive -- and long -- series ever written. It makes "Lord of the Rings" look like a short story. Originally, I gave it three stars, … Continue reading BYE BYE GAME OF THRONES. THE PARTY’S OVER – Marilyn Armstrong

THE BOOK WORLD AND MEMORIES THEREOF – Marilyn Armstrong

I usually say I wouldn't want to ever work again, but I got to thinking about that. I realized if I could get back my job as an editor at Doubleday? I'd do it in a heartbeat. How many jobs give you unlimited sick days, two-hour lunches, and require you to read sleazy novels during … Continue reading THE BOOK WORLD AND MEMORIES THEREOF – Marilyn Armstrong

THE PUBLISHING WORLD IS NOT ON FIRE – Marilyn Armstrong

Almost every month, Amazon sends me a bit of money from the sale of my book. The amounts are occasionally enough to get a cup of coffee and a doughnut at Dunkin Donuts, but not enough for a cappuccino or anything at Starbucks. Nonetheless, I'm always tickled that someone bought a copy. I've set the … Continue reading THE PUBLISHING WORLD IS NOT ON FIRE – Marilyn Armstrong

SNOOPY AS A ROLE MODEL – BY ELLIN CURLEY

I read a unique article in the Washington Post by a writer talking about something from her childhood that inspired her to be a writer as an adult. Her name is Ann Patchett and her title names the motivating force in her career choice. The article is called, “Snoopy taught me how to be a … Continue reading SNOOPY AS A ROLE MODEL – BY ELLIN CURLEY

THE DEATH KNELL OF GREAT AMERICAN LITERATURE – Marilyn Armstrong

Many (maybe most) manuscripts are never are “trendy” or popular enough for today's publishers. As far as publishers go, no matter how well-written or interesting the plot or characters are if it isn’t a genre they sell, it doesn't exist. Many genres do not fit in any publisher’s predetermined categories. This is not only true … Continue reading THE DEATH KNELL OF GREAT AMERICAN LITERATURE – Marilyn Armstrong

MINIMALIST PUBLISHING – Marilyn Armstrong

Why do publishers ONLY publish potential best-sellers? Many books we read from in those old days were not wildly popular. Publishers understood a good book deserved publication, even if it wouldn't be a bestseller. Our literature would be a very poor place if we only published the most popular genres. It's true I don't read … Continue reading MINIMALIST PUBLISHING – Marilyn Armstrong

AN AWFUL TERRIBLE HORRIBLE DAY AT WORDPRESS – Marilyn Armstrong

I went to take a look at the brand spanking new format for WordPress. WARNING: If you do that, you will NOT be able to go back to your old format. I think what they have done is eliminate all the old versions of the editor we used, so you can use the new one, … Continue reading AN AWFUL TERRIBLE HORRIBLE DAY AT WORDPRESS – Marilyn Armstrong