Marion on June 19, 2011

The New York Times Magazine has a story, which is only slightly condescending, about Amanda Hocking, the twenty-something self-publishing phenom whose paranormal romance/fantasies have earned her over $2 million.  Ms. Hocking recently signed a seven-figure deal with St. Martin’s Press. While stories like hers should do something to lift the stigma of self-publishing in the […]

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Many people are mystified that a smart man like Anthony Weiner, who did his job well, and seemed to have everything, could blow it so spectacularly.  But what he did had nothing to do with intelligence, or even with lust in its usual form. (One-handed surfing could have satisfied that need easily.) The New York […]

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Marion on June 8, 2011

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Marion on June 3, 2011

This is just another desperate attempt to flog my book. First off, there are some fine reviews over at Amazon UK and Amazon US, including a recent one from the infamous Big Al.   There are also some up at Goodreads.  In the past couple of days, there have been some new and interesting reviews.  Here’s […]

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Marion on June 1, 2011

Yes, bookstores are disappearing.  But I am shocked to find myself asking, “Does it matter?” You had to feel just a touch of schadenfreude when the Barnes &Noble branches started to close.  Barnes & Noble in my youth was a store on lower Fifth Avenue.  It billed itself even then as the world’s largest bookstore.  […]

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