Barbara Tarn Barbara's Comments (member since Aug 28, 2011)

Barbara's comments from the Creative Reviews group.

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Jan 24, 2012 01:02PM

46156 I have "abandoned" all my other groups except the GR Librarians and one on historical fiction... but I'm mostly here, bothering you all! :-D
Jan 23, 2012 11:46PM

46156 J.A. wrote: "Barbara, one thing I notice about American Eng is how many of the differences appear to come from the Italian!
Don't know if it's true but it does hold for a few differences at least.

not sure about that... anyway, would it be very wrong if I stuck to the British usage for age even if I have general American Spelling? I do use punctuation the European way as well... could it be considered part of my voice or just plain wrong?
I DO declare I'm not a native after all...
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Jan 23, 2012 11:41PM

46156 Sorry I'm late, but it was nighttime for me! :-)
Thanks Experiment!
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Jan 23, 2012 12:31PM

46156 Georgina wrote: "Justin wrote: "I'd welcome my book being taken in by a major company! lmao!"

You mean one of the Big Six?

The only downsides I see are their slowness in keeping up with the rapidly changing world..."

Amanda Hocking took the St Martin's deal because she wanted to see her books in bookstores... and she signed with them for only one of her series, and keeps self-publishing the rest...
Yeah, I hate the slowness of Trad Pub too, especially since I'm prolific and I hate waiting! :-D
Jan 23, 2012 08:02AM

46156 J.A. wrote: "Really? In UK-speak it would be either "she is fifteen years old" or "she is a fifteen-year-old" but never a mix. Depends whether you're putting her in a subset of people or referring to her specif..."

I theoretically learned British English first... but then moved to American spelling and got confused! :-( Now I have no idea how to be consistent anymore, because I can't remember what different editors said on the topic...
feeling very lost, sigh! :-(
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Jan 23, 2012 06:42AM

46156 C.S. Splitter wrote: "I am also a librarian, but I still got no email from GR. Anywsy, I think my books are safe.

Amazon appears to be heading to battle with Apple, maybe this is one of the early salvos.


there's no e-mail warning, only a discussion on the Librarians group and you might see it if you check your own books if you have only the Kindle edition.
BTW, if you're a librarian, you probably have some books to save, go to
and check your link (it's in the first post from the Architect). I had 64, some to be deleted, others merged. I'm still working on that list.
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Jan 22, 2012 11:42PM

46156 Experiment wrote: "Barbara wrote: "Lee, do you think that entering the Smashwords link (that has also the mobi/Kindle version) would "save" our books?

I'm not Lee, but I am a Goodreads Librarian. Yes that is perfec..."

Thank you, Experiment, I'm both author and librarian, so if an author needs help, you know where to find me!
*Hops to "save" her books by adding the Smashwords edition when not present*
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Jan 22, 2012 01:04PM

46156 I think Amazon is doing war on everybody else... so it's probably Amazon's fault (we like to blame it on Amazon, mwhahahah). Anyway, GR doesn't give an explanation, it only says "help us save your book". When I first joined, there was also Barnes&Nobles, but even them seem to have cut the feeds to GR... if they set up one with Smashwords, I'd be the happiest author! :-)
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Jan 22, 2012 12:37PM

46156 Lee wrote: "I hate to add a cause for heart burn but, if you haven't seen it elsewhere, GR is losing their feed from amazon on Jan 30. Click on your books to see if they need to be "rescued" and follow the ins..."

Lee, do you think that entering the Smashwords link (that has also the mobi/Kindle version) would "save" our books?
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Jan 22, 2012 11:37AM

46156 I think it's easier to write a blurb for someone else than our own...
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Jan 22, 2012 12:44AM

46156 Mark wrote: "never having to market or spending only 1 hour a week on it would be great but you could write 50 books every year, every one better than the last.. you could be the greatest writer in history but ..."

Mark, when you have 50 books out with your name on it, they will pop up on Amazon or other search sites, and someone will discover you. You only have to be patient.

And again, the best marketing is writing the next book. When you have 50 out, that's 50 free ads of your work.

Now get back to writing, you lazy writers! ;-)
46156 Well, I ALWAYS thank whoever read my manuscript, either as beta or editor (even partial critiquers get a mention) - I don't specify unless requested... BTW, are you ready to work for me? I know, I'm not ready yet, don't worry, I'm still typing like crazy... I should stop writing the first draft by hand, it would really save me time! :-D
Jan 21, 2012 08:37AM

46156 how do I write how old a person is??? Do I put an s to "year" do I put dashes or what???
seven-hundred-years-old or seven-hundred year old?
And can't you pleeeeeez agree between Brits and Yankees???
46156 I've had an editor saying in her contract that I shouldn't put her name on the book as editor without her permission (and never gave me her permission when I asked), so now editors and betas are thanked in the same acknowledgement message... I hope it's fine with the "new" editors I'm working with!
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Jan 21, 2012 02:02AM

46156 Cindy wrote: "Glad to hear others are in the same boat. I'd say the marketing is harder than the actual writing. And now the question is how much of my limited do I devote to marketing (which feels like trying t..."

some say if you spend one hour a week marketing it's too much. Again, your best marketing tool is your next book. So have a writing (and publishing, if your indie) schedule and forget the marketing.
I've just sold a short story (under another pen-name) that I put on Smashwords 2 days ago with no advertizing whatsoever except posting the cover on my FB author page - but that pen-name has no blog, no FB profile, no nothing.
How's that for marketing techniques, huh? ;-)
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Jan 19, 2012 11:50AM

46156 L.H. wrote: "There's a great post somewhere .....oooh damn, I wish I could find the link. It's a comic and fiction author's take on the difference between an "author" and a "writer."

If I find it I'll post, as..."
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Jan 19, 2012 11:48AM

46156 Justin wrote: "Barbara wrote: "Well said, J.A.! My point exactly, just said better!
What is the best marketing tool for your book? YOUR NEXT BOOK!
So go and write it! :-D"

As you know Barbara, I have PublishAme..."

I sure hope so, Justin! Please check Dean Wesley Smith's book Think like a publisher for advice - it's free on his blog. And he's the guy who talks about writer in his New World of Publishing series L.H. mentions. All of it at!
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Jan 19, 2012 03:08AM

46156 Well said, J.A.! My point exactly, just said better!
What is the best marketing tool for your book? YOUR NEXT BOOK!
So go and write it! :-D
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Jan 18, 2012 11:16PM

46156 to ease the burn out, write the next book. Personally, I don't care for one-shot-wonders. If you don't show me you can write another, I'll never buy your book. But that's just me! :-)
Happy writing (and forget the marketing for a minute, you're a writer, get down and WRITE!!!!)
Jan 15, 2012 12:30PM

46156 Well, the UK is an island... it doesn't consider itself part of Europe... so I'm not surprised it doesn't align with IT, DE and FR! ;-)
And personally I have done NOTHING to have Jessamine set to free on either sites. I just let it at 99cents when everywhere else it was free. I don't care if Amazon matches prices or not.
My next loss leader will be free on Smashwords and whenever Amazon realizes it, it will make it free on KDP as well. If it doesn't, I don't care.
I still have to write one short story for that one, though, so I better go back to writing! :-D

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