Didn’t sell them at Loncon and don’t want to take them back. Enter now – UK only.
Didn’t sell them at Loncon and don’t want to take them back. Enter now – UK only.
Posted by Barb on 19/08/2014
And it’s a FREE ebook! Yes! Truly! Holiday Season gift! Technological Angel, book 1 of Star Minds, is free until Dec.18 (Brad Pitt’s 50th birthday).
Go get it on Smashwords in your preferred format with this coupon code:
Promotional price: $0.00
Coupon Code: MK28E
Expires: December 18, 2013
Yes, limited time offer, to celebrate the Italian version and a little over one year since publication of the English version! BTW, I had to put the Italian version through the nuclear version, since the old doc had some blue text I couldn’t get rid of… so one hour wasted putting back the italics (luckily the Italian version has less)! 😉
So, double celebration (and the Italian version is even Premium approved!)! Grab the English version while you can, and share the news… but mostly, enjoy the story in spite of the lousy book cover! 😉
Have a wonderful Sunday! 😀
Posted by Barb on 15/12/2013
Final thoughts on the Goodreads Giveaway. 762 people requested it – people who had never heard of me (coincidentally, that’s also my bus number – the one that should take me to work or back home when it doesn’t forget to show up at the bus stop). 359 people added it to their Want-to-read shelf, so they weren’t just entering any giveaway available in the hope of winning. Also, that didn’t bring visitors to this blog, so it’s really just Goodreads users who entered the giveaway (some of my friends might have entered it through the link on Facebook, but I think most of the requesters were unknown to me) to win a book.
What I can say is – even if I will earn only one fan now, it brought my book to the attention of Goodreads users. I checked the book stats that went back to April 2013: it was added once in May, once in July (I think it’s Mr Rodent who even left a review), once in August, once in September, then went on the “Want-to-read” shelf of 100+ people on the first day of the giveaway, 70 on the second and 185 on the third. Now those people might never end up buying it, but they saw it, and know about Silvery Earth now.
That Want-to-read shelf is for the paperback edition that I added for the Giveaway (since, as I mentioned, it’s only for printed books, and it didn’t allow me to set it up until there were only the “e-book” and “Kindle edition” in their database). So I better hurry and do the CreateSpace edition and match it to the Kindle edition, so if some of those people look for the actual book, they can find it on Amazon (although since Amazon bought Goodreads, a lot of people are pissed)! 🙂 And especially if the winner is American, sending direct from CreateSpace will be cheaper for me! 😀
That’s a good marketing tool, that really shows your title on Goodreads since they list it on their giveaway list with no effort on your part. There are obviously readers who keep a look on those lists, so if you have print copies and want to reach new people, set up a Goodreads Giveaway! 🙂 I don’t know if and how it will affect actual sales yet, but it’s good exposure, it’s free (well, it will cost you the mailing expenses for the winner if you don’t use CreateSpace – that was about 20euros for me, international mailing fees are very high, but you can select only your home country if you wish) and not time-consuming at all. No need to tweet, facebook, whatnot, just enter your title in a GR Giveaway and they will introduce you to hundreds of people who would have never heard of you otherwise…
While I was at it, I even re-read BoI-Air – after 2 years. Boy, it felt weird! Now I’m sending it out to an editor with minor adjustments (it was edited by a British editor, unlike my following books) and so the new POD edition will be updated – and so will the e-book version while I’m at it. Hopefully there isn’t so much to do on the other BoI as well! 😉 It’s little things, really (word choices, punctuation), but I understand why some writers get stuck in rewriting hell for years! 😀
No, I’m not stuck in the Book-as-event myth. I did celebrate when I published BoI – Air and ordered those 25 copies (3 more left, yay!) done with Lulu, but I didn’t repeat the expense for the other books that came later. Those minor adjustments I plan are like proofreading (and the typo-imps are real b… – they show up years after you polished your book and hired a proofreader… they always find a way to get into your book!), and I won’t do it for all my books.
But I like reading my own books from time to time, since I write what I want to read and I have fun doing it! 😉 And since I write all year round and pretty fast, I never did NaNoWriMo and I’m not keeping anything in the drawer just because I wrote it too fast. I’m leaving there the stories that have no plot and make no sense because they were experiments at the time, but that’s all! 😉
I’ve written a few shorts for a couple of anthologies I plan on publishing within the next six months (one brand new and three more “recycled”) and then I want to complete the second Amazons book for this year. Next year I plan on writing all the Amazon stories, the next generation of Star Minds and then who knows. I like to improvise – not just rewrite (translate/recycle) old stuff! 😉 And maybe one of those shorts might end up in Wyrd Worlds 2… Stay tuned! 🙂
Now, back to writing… have a great week! 😀
Posted by Barb on 09/10/2013
Posted by Barb on 02/10/2013
Since in a few day it will be Da Blogoversary (4 YEARS! That’s eons in blog time! :D), I thought I’d do a giveaway. Simply add a comment with the title of your choice to this post and this post only to win one of my e-books – anyone, from any pen name. You haven’t tried B.G. Hope yet? Try one of her funny body switches, or her contemporary stories. You haven’t tried Silvery Earth or Star Minds? Get one in the world you haven’t yet explored. You’re bilingual? Check the Italian stories! 🙂 Winners will be announced on Wednesday, Oct.2 – after the blogoversary.
I also decided to try the Goodreads Giveaway feature. It is scheduled to open for entries at midnight on Sunday, September 29 and end at midnight on Wednesday, October 2.
Giveaway ends October 02, 2013.
See the giveaway details
I have selected the English-speaking countries (US, UK, Canada, Australia, New Zealand) and added India and Italy just because. Well, you readers of this blog should know why. Goodreads users might wonder – although I did tag it as “India/Persia inspired”! 😉
So, we’ll see how this goes… This GR feature is for the POD versions of books, so that’s why I’m giving away only one copy – international shipping might kill me if I give away more! 🙂 I still have a few copies of BoI – Air European Edition that I couldn’t bestow on English-speaking friends in past two years, so let’s hope this will bring in one new fan. One reader at the time, I will reach my 5000 true fans! 🙂
Anyhow, 4 years, yikes! Lots of bloggers went MIA in the meantime. But some are still there, like Shafali, Viv and Joleene… it’s been wonderful sharing the WordPress platform with you ladies! 🙂 Here’s to another 4… hundred years of blogging! 🙂 Have a great weekend! And don’t forget to enter the giveaways! 😉
Posted by Barb on 27/09/2013
Welcome to the Hop Against Homophobia and Transphobia (HAHAT). This post will remain up here for the duration of the blog hop, so if you’re a regular visitor, please scroll down for newer posts after May 17.
Today is the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia and being a member of the QUILTBAG myself (letter A, in case you’re wondering), here I am! I might have not been a victim of any phobia (except maybe being considered “weird”), but I know what it means to feel like an outsider or an outcast in this crazy world of ours. I’d love to see more… LOVE and less hatred around – in general, not only towards QUILTBAG members. I have many gay friends (for some reason not as many lesbians…) and I enjoy the beauty of diversity – as long as one remains civil. Fanatics of any kind and color irk me, even if they hide behind the excuse of religion or (worse) society.
I’m a writer and I love putting all kind of characters in my stories – no matter the genre. Gay “angels” (called Sila on Silvery Earth), lesbian cyborgs (Star Minds) or anything inbetween (mostly M/M, though) – past, present or future, I’m very character-oriented and I like diversity, feeling quite often an outsider or an outcast myself. I’m probably not writing better worlds, but I like watching my “different” characters interact with whatever is “normal” in their society – which often distracts me from my own life, but my husband, Mr Writing, is very understanding, since I give birth to our babies! 🙂
This blog participated also last year with a simple giveaway of one title. This year I’m hosting also my other pseudonym, B.G.Hope, who doesn’t have a blog, but is as QUILTBAG-friendly as Barbara G.Tarn. And we published a few titles in 12 months, so this year’s giveaway comprises a choice among the following titles:
Silvery Earth (adult fantasy by Barbara G.Tarn): The Death of Queen Amazonia.
Star Minds (science fantasy by Barbara G.Tarn): Technological Angel (or any other of the series, if you already have the first).
body switch by B.G.Hope: new release Ciaran&Harith.
Or you can have her anthology of M/M romance Variations on a theme.
To win the ebook version in the format of your choice (Smashwords coupon for free download) please leave a comment on this post – not on other posts, on the Goodreads event or on Facebook. Only comments on this post will be entered for the giveaway. Specify the title you’d like to “win”, especially if you’re already familiar with my work.
The last day to enter is May 27 (end of the blog hop). And because I love you guys so much, I’ll give away one copy of each. The 4 Winners will be contacted by e-mail before the end of the month (you need to leave your e-mail to comment if you’re not a WP user anyway – leave a working e-mail, thank you!).
Thank you for stopping by. Feel free to continue the blog hop with the neat linky link below (the link works even if you can’t see the image – click on the red X)!
Posted by Barb on 17/05/2013
Oookay, how’s your week going? Great I hope! If you’re a writer, are you suffering career block? If yes, you have both David Farland and Kris Rusch to help! Here’s Dave and here’s Kris’s post on numbers – with “war” in the comments. Personally, I don’t have a career block. I’m slowly and boldly going wherever I want to go. Yes, I’m handpicking my readers (which is something I was discussing with a friend who told me “one thing is to write for yourself, another is to write for others” – sorry to disagree, I’m my own first fan and write what I want to read, if it appeals only to 100 or 1000 and not millions or billions, fine with me. I’m sure those 100 or 1000 faithful fans will find me eventually) and yes, I keep writing what I want to write (hence the procrastination on Silvery Earth now that Star Minds characters have taken possession of my head. I hope they’ll be quiet for a few days so I can finish the Records of the Varian Empire and wait for the beta-readers’ feedback, because I’m sure that as soon as someone reminds me of them, they’ll suck me back in until I publish the darn books. Sigh).
About Kris’s post and numbers and sales and whatnot. Today I remembered to check my sales numbers and found sales from last week on Kindle (US&UK). When I check every day I never find any, LOL! So I’m not going to check again until next week, haha. Anyhow, that’s not what I wanted to say. I wanted to comment on the part numbers in non-English-speaking countries and the English Proficiency Chart:
So, as I began this, I decided to go for the numbers. I went to Google to discover the number of English speakers worldwide, and I encountered this: It’s the English Proficiency Chart, done in 2011, showing which countries have the most proficient English speakers. According to that chart, in my recent travels, I visited one country with high proficiency (Germany, ranked number 8 in the world), one country with moderate proficiency, (France, ranked number 17 in the world), and one country with low proficiency (Italy, ranked number 23 in the world).
My humble opinion of Italy is as follow. Italians don’t read. And like Kris says, many don’t speak English. I know some indies who have sold on Amazon Italia. I haven’t. Not even the Italian titles. If you have sold there, either it was me (my Kindle is now registered on Amazon Italia, but I usually prefer Smashwords, so unless you’re an Amazon Exclusive, it might not be me) or one of the few who speaks English. Like I discovered last December, Italians use e-readers for everything but read. Yes, everybody has i-pads and i-phones, but THEY DO NOT USE THEM TO READ! Even the Sony e-reader, they use it to listen to music! 😦
And then I talked to one of my first readers (meaning he bought my photocopied zines back in the 1990s, not that he beta-reads for me, LOL) who told me he doesn’t like e-books. And, unlike other friends, it’s not because he prefer dead tree books, but because E-BOOKS ARE TOO EXPENSIVE! Which is part of last December’s discoveries as well, e-books in Italy are from 10euros and up, so even the few who like reading haven’t discovered indie authors who price their novels lower… Next year I’ll experiment by publishing the Italian version of Star Minds (being science-fantasy it might sell more than the current titles), and I’ll let you know how the experiment goes! 🙂
Another thing I experienced myself with Italian e-books last week. I got 3 free downloads from DayJob (I had “points”, so I asked for one printed book for my parents and 3 e-books – I chose non-fiction titles, but there were fiction titles available as well). First of all (might have been a problem of that particular site, but it looks like it’s the download shop of one of the Big Trad Pub of Italy) the lack of formats. Either e-pub or PDF, only rarely both. Having a Kindle, I chose the PDF when available. So I ended up with 1 PDF and 2 e-pubs – ALL DRMed. One e-pub had a “social DRM” – I put it through calibre and turned it into mobi and PDF. The other two both had “adobe DRM” which meant that
1) I had to download the new version of Adobe Digital Editions because the old one wouldn’t open the DRMed file.
2) the PDF is not print-enabled and being DRMed, even if I try to open it with Adobe Reader it sends me back to ADE.
So I’m stuck with two files I can read only on my laptop and can’t print – which means I’ll probably never read them. Glad I didn’t have to pay for them. I ranted about it on my Italian blog, so I won’t bother you any longer. But I hate DRM. As an author, I don’t use it. As a reader, you just lost me by DRM-ing your e-book.Here’s another way DRM hurts the visually impaired and affects all readers. I agree we should get rid of it – it doesn’t protect from pirates and upsets the consumer. By the way, anyone has a way to crack that Adobe DRM? 😉
A couple of Amazon related posts: laws in India might force Amazon to close it’s brand-new Indian branch. Any of my Hindustani friends know anything about this/these laws? Also risks and rewards of Kindle Select – both links found on Passive Guy’s blog, who didn’t really comment on them, so I’m not giving the link with an excerpt but the original full post.
Now, to the Blogoversary Giveaway! Because Joleene commented on both posts, she’s a winner anyway! 🙂 She can choose between a preview of Star Minds (she will have to interview the characters sooner or later anyway, LOL!) or any of my titles. As for all the lovely ladies who commented on the Happiness is… post… well, because 5 is my favorite number, you’re all winners as well. So Katy, Shafali, Viv and Madison, please contact me to get your prize! 🙂
Thanks for the wishes and don’t worry… this blog won’t close anytime soon! 😀
Posted by Barb on 03/10/2012
Posted by Barb on 01/10/2012
Oookay, links first! Joe Konrath interviews Marcus Sakey, so if you wanna buy an ebook for a good cause, go check that post.
Parallels between the music world and the publishing world – James Taylor suing his record company. Here’s to writers suing their publishers for damages and under-reported royalties! 😉
Kris Rusch on content is king – please check the comments as well, especially James’s story. And Konrath’s sales post has interesting considerations on the whole market – not that I have his sales numbers (maybe 0.1%?) but I still think he’s right in many ways. In my case royalties are evenly split between Amazon and Smashwords, so there’s no way I’m giving anyone exclusivity.
By the way, KDP has started sending an email when the title goes live – trying to lure authors into the Select/exclusivity trap. And because I uploaded the latest title twice, I got two of those. I’m used to that on Smashwords (where I also uploaded it twice because I didn’t like the epub version the Meatgrinder spat out), but Amazon… ah, well. Times they change, my friend.
Finally, a self-promoting link! Ha, you didn’t see that coming, huh? 😉 Anyway, another Silvery Earth story is out, a novella that follows CVE3. Ladies and gentlemen – The Warrior Woman! (Guess who the model on the cover is? ;)) Check it on Smashwords, Kindle and DriveThruFiction. Print versions of this year’s titles are in the works… no it’s not my nose getting longer, I’m not Pinocchio! Okay, maybe I am. I’m not really working on that yet. But I will before the end of the year, promise.
Which brings me to launch the 3 years blogoversary giveaway! Yes, this blog will be 3 years old soon – check the little counter on the sidebar if you don’t believe me! – so I will give away an e-copy of any of my books from Smashwords to a lucky winner. That’s 30+ titles to choose from (some are already free, so they don’t count). Please comment on this post only to be entered. Winner will be announced next Wednesday.
Last but not least – writer’s update. Still working on the Star Mind series, hoping to finish the Records of the Varian Empire before starting book 3. But then, I still have to figure out a couple of things before I start that one, LOL! So I’ll probably finish book 2 this week and get back to Silvery Earth next week. Then, if I have a decent outline, I can write book 3 of the science-fantasy series, or I can write a BG Hope longer work (novel or novella, dunno yet). Because I’m doing it for fun (although the money is appreciated), I’ll just follow my inspiration as usual. And no, I have no idea of what “writer’s block” is, in case you didn’t notice! 😉
Aaaall this while inking (and then coloring and then lettering) SKYBAND 12! 😀 Have a great week!
Posted by Barb on 26/09/2012