Maybe Next Year….

‘Endlessly long’: Nobel prizewinner’s book was turned down by 19 publishers !!!!

“Fan of The Palace” by Claude Simon, who won the coveted award in 1985, sent the book to publishers and 12 rejected it, while seven didn’t reply.

The French writer Claude Simon, who won the Nobel prize for literature in 1985, would not be published today, according to an experiment conducted by one of his fans.

Writer Serge Volle sent 50 pages of Simon’s 1962 novel, The Palace, set during the Spanish civil war, to 19 French publishers. The verdict was damning: 12 rejected it and seven didn’t bother to reply.

One editor said that the book’s “endlessly long sentences completely lose the reader”, Volle told French public radio on Monday.

Nor did the book have “a real plot with well-drawn characters”, the rejection letter added.

Simon, one of the fathers of the “nouveau roman”, was notorious for his meandering prose, with sentences often going on for pages in his masterpiece The Georgics (1981).

Volle, 70, claimed the refusals showed the philistinism of modern publishing, which was “abandoning literary works that are not easy to read or that will not set sales records”.


Paraphrasing Marcel Proust, he said that you have to be already “famous to be published. We are living in the era of the throwaway book,” he declared.

Volle refused to say who he had sent the extract to, but a number of major French publishers also rejected The Georgics four years before it helped Simon win the Nobel.

The Palace was one of Simon’s most controversial works, seen by many critics as a thinly -veiled attack on British author George Orwell, who like Simon had fought on the Republican side of the Spanish civil war in the 1930s.

The same year that Simon won the Nobel he claimed Orwell’s account of his time fighting with the anarchists in Homage to Catalonia was “faked from the very first sentence”.

The British critic Christopher Hitchens later lambasted Simon, who died in 2005, for fighting for the “Stalinists” in Spain, who turned their guns on the anarchists as the war wore on. “The award of the Nobel prize to such a shady literary enterprise is a minor scandal,” he added, “reflecting the intellectual rot which had been spread by pseudo intellectuals.”

Nickelodeon Writing Program

The Nickelodeon Writing Program submission period is just a few days away!

It’s free to apply! And if accepted, you’ll be paid a salary while you learn!

The Nickelodeon Writing Program offers aspiring television writers from around the world the opportunity to do what they love, develop their craft, and launch their careers.

New this year, the Writing Program is offering a Preschool Track which has its own Accepted Shows List!

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The online application, accepted shows list, and submission guidelines are available at

The submission period runs from January 2 – January 31, 2018.

First Crime Novel Competition

Today I submitted my novel “Executioner’s Remorse” for consideration in St. Martin’s Minotaur/ Mystery Writers of America First Crime Novel Competition.

The Competition is open to any writer who has never been the author of any Published Novel. The deadline for submission is January 12, 2018.

The prize is an agreement for publication of the winning manuscript. The winner will receive an advance against future royalties of $10,000. The winner will be recognized at the Edgar Awards Banquet in New York City in April 2018.

Wish me luck!

Mystery Writers of America

I am proud to announce that I have just been accepted to the MWA, Mystery Writers of America.

“Mystery Writers of America is the premier organization for mystery writers, professionals allied to the crime writing field, aspiring crime writers, and those who are devoted to the genre. MWA is dedicated to promoting higher regard for crime writing and recognition and respect for those who write within the genre. ”



A More Inclusive Holiday than Christmas

I have been invited to many holiday parties. Celebrations of the season.

In an effort to be all inclusive, there were symbols of many different religions.

Christmas tree, Santa and elves, Kwanzaa candles and menorah, a crescent moon for Ramadan, and several Native American symbols that were beyond my ken.

So that everyone could feel included in the celebration.

But Christmas is all inclusive, Christmas excludes no one.

Believer or non believer, all are welcome.

Whatever religion you have chosen, come, add Christmas to your list.

You don’t have to convert, change, or even believe.

Just celebrate Christmas for Christmas’ sake.

And even if you refuse, if you boycott Christmas for years, if speak ill of those who celebrate, chastise those who put reindeer on the roof.

Even if you’ve invented your own holiday, Festivus, in protest of commercialism.

Even you are welcomed back.

Just this once, let go of the reasons, excuses and complaints.

Come,  join us, even if it’s just for today.

Celebrate Christmas.

Thank You

As I spend this holiday eve with family and loved ones,

I wish the same for you, my readers and subscribers.

Above all, find joy this holiday, find something about which to feel passion, find meaning for your life and you will have found Christmas.

I thank you all,


With a Little Help From Their Friends

On her last day on the job,  reviews here career as a book critic for The New York Times.

Read the full farewell HERE.


Read enough acknowledgments, though, and you will also discover how many writers are suffering from common unhappiness, as Freud might say. Rough spells come up so frequently that it raises a pair of questions: Does writing a book itself cause distress? Or are writers already distress-prone?


A New Approach to Literary Studies

Bill Benzon

in 3 Quarks Daily reviews Canon/Archive: Studies in Quantitative Formalism

Read the full review HERE.


Jennifer Schuessler, The New York Times says of Canon/Archive …

“Full of witty asides and suspenseful first-person narration that acknowledges surprises, dead-ends and the collaborative, experimental nature of the lab’s work. . . . Even modest-seeming results . . . unsettle established ideas of literary history.”