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Random Friday

Published 05/08/2016 by Barb

Aaaand! You can tell my brain is fried from the heat because the previous post came out as Random Friday. Don’t worry, I edited it, so only on Facebook and Goodreads it’s still out as Random Friday because I can’t change what’s been shared on social media! 😉

Anyhow, this is the real Random Friday, since it is now Friday! 🙂 Let me mourn the old Goodreads homepage for a sec. I’m sick of social media changing stuff around that doesn’t need to be changed. I’m NOT downloading the GR app (which I assume is the reason why they changed stuff around AGAIN), and if becomes too bothersome, I’m going to just quit going there.

And then there’s the other new that Facebook is changing stuff around too! I’m sick of trying to keep up with social media for this author stuff. I hope my fans find me here anyway. If you “like” me on Facebook, please follow the instructions in the article, thank you…

I have another week before my week off, so we’ll see how many stories I managed by then. Two out of eight for now. Have a great weekend!


Random Friday

Published 19/06/2015 by Barb

I didn’t want to leave out our Author of the Month. She’s also a contributor to Strange Portals! She finally found the time to answer my writerly questions, so I’m very happy to introduce you all to C.G. Coppola!

57a04-strange2bportalsWhere do you live and write from?

Well I currently reside in Jacksonville, Fl but I write from my laptop which normally sticks to my desk but may move to the recliner or the table. Or pretty much around the house. But it does stay in the house. I’m not one for writing outdoors or in coffee shops around people. I’m a little paranoid they’d read it. And point out the grammatical errors.

Why do you write?

Because I have to (boring response, ay?) I just love writing. I love everything about it, the freedom it gives you and the power. I’ve been doing it since I was little and am entirely convinced it’s what I’m supposed to do with my life.

When did you start writing?

When my mother took away my Barbie dolls. I was forced to record their adventures instead of playing them out. Strange tESCAPE FROM HARRIZEL VS 2 - 2000ransition but a good one, I think.

What genre(s) do you write?

I like Science Fiction and Fantasy because it opens the flood gates to where everything and anything can happen.  And that’s what I like in my stories. Everything and anything.

Where do you find your inspiration?

Music. The stories are in the music.

Outliner or improviser? Fast or slow writer?

I’m a mental-plotting-panster. Is that a thing? What I mean is I see the story in my head: I know the big events and main arc, but the details… why should I get in the way of the characters explaining all that? PLUS I might’ve gotten an event wrong in which the characters will right everything again. So I guess it’s a little of both.

Tell us about your latest book

DISCOVERY AT NERWOLIX- VS2 - 2000So the last book I released was the third in my series, Arizal Wars. The book is Discovery at Nerwolix, and follows the next chapter in an epic Sci-fi Romance plot that involves aliens, new worlds, lots and lots of battles, friendship and even some sex! I released it in September last year and have done little (probably no) advertising, which is why you haven’t heard of it. – Smashwords – Amazon

Indie publishing or traditional publishing – and why?

I’m going Indie right now but realizing I don’t have the attention span or motivation to market. Which is sad. I usually say I’m going to do this or get that done and I just sit down and write some more. Which is all fine except no one reads it. And my characters only exist on the page. I may try traditional publishing—who knows!

Any other projects in the pipeline?

Oh yes! I’m working on a fantasy piece told from two perspectives: a runaway princess and a rogue assassin. Together, and with the help of a young street kid, the trio escapes their toxic realm in search of safety in the White Wastelands that lay beyond. I’ve got some romance and of course, lots of action again! I can’t stop writing action.

What is your goal as a writer and what are you doing to achieve it?

I just want to write. Seriously. If I had a fan base and a book tour and a lot of positive feedback—all of that would be great. A perk, you could say. But I want to pump out stories all day as a day job and hopefully make enough to live. Even meekly, if possible. I should probably be doing a whole lot more to achieve it. Like, I don’t know, maybe advertising? Getting more into the community? Right now I’m just focused on writing. I am going to the Writer’s Digest Conference in NY next month. Maybe I’ll get some pointers and learn some stuff to help!

PLAGUE OF MYBENCIA - VS 2 - 2000What is the best piece of writing advice you’ve ever been given?

I don’t think I held onto any one specific advice during my studies (B.A. in Creating Writing. Woop!) but the thing that all my teachers and established writers have agreed to: never give up. Keep working. Keep reading. And keep writing.

Where to find C.G. Coppola or

twitter: writercgcoppola

goodreads giveaway

Published 19/08/2014 by Barb

Didn’t sell them at Loncon and don’t want to take them back. Enter now – UK only.

Goodreads Book Giveaway

Star Minds by Barbara G.Tarn

Star Minds

by Barbara G.Tarn

Giveaway ends August 21, 2014.

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at Goodreads.

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Goodreads Book Giveaway

Star Minds Snippets by Barbara G.Tarn

Star Minds Snippets

by Barbara G.Tarn

Giveaway ends August 21, 2014.

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Writer Wednesday

Published 06/08/2014 by Barb

New month, new author of the month on the Smashwords Authors Goodreads group (although the widget down the sidebar still shows the old one). Come and meet Laurel, who might soon show up or send one of her characters on this blog. She writes historical fiction, so it’s a nice change! 🙂

I’ve also joined a group of beta-readers, since I’ve run out again. I still have the two most faithful, but they like different kinds of stories, and I’d rather hear from more voices what’s good and what’s not. Hope to find another Bookwatcher! 🙂

Smashwords made a blog post on how to do box sets or book bundles… I already have my own bundle out for a few more weeks, but maybe I can set up a group bundle with other authors. Although I’d have no idea which charity to pick. And there’s already Wyrd Worlds 2 coming out in September, which will be free – looking forward to that, even if I’ve beta-read only one story or two! 🙂

DISCLAIMER: I haven’t read this book, and I already have an ITIN. But if you’re not American and want to self-publish here’s how to get an EIN number. I don’t know if the book is actually useful, since, like I said, I don’t need it. After one year of attempts by snail mail, I flew to London, went to the American Embassy there and got a permanent ITIN in a month and a half – when even calling the IRS from Long Island had failed. So I hope this book helps whoever still needs one. Again, I’m NOT affiliated with the author and I haven’t read the book.

If you’re just starting, you can try the Liliana Nirvana as explained by Hugh Howey. For me it’s a little too late with 80 titles already out, but if you’re just starting, you might want to give it a try. It might work, or not – I think it also depends on the genre – but it’s worth a try. I know it’s exciting to hit that “publish” button, but if you do it with a little insight and a business plan, you’ll probably succeed better than me! 😉

And if you’re already established, Joe Konrath’s dream of selling direct to library is in beta!

However, we’re currently only taking requests if you’ve sold more than 1000 ebooks and have gotten more than 100 reviews on your backlist. Even if you meet that criteria, we’re currently taking a limited amount of authors. eBooksAreForever will always reserve the right to make all final decisions on the books we offer to libraries.

Since I’m not that successful yet, I’ll just wait and see. Maybe sometime in the future I’ll be able to join too! 😀 And if you’re a Smashwords author in the Seattle area, you might want to try this contest and get into your public library… Good luck!

While I wait for the editor to go through the body switch, I’m mulling another B.G. Hope’s story, but I don’t know when I’ll know enough about the characters to start writing it. Probably next year. It will go nicely with Six Months and Choices, hopefully! 😉 I’m also thinking of dropping that pen name… all pen names… and keep just this one. But maybe I’m not in the right mood to decide yet.

Have a great week!

Writer Wednesday

Published 02/07/2014 by Barb

*SALES* Smashwords July Summer/Winter Sale! My books are all 50% off, so some titles have gone FREE!!! Only until the end of July… Make haste! 😉

This weekend I’ll upload another title, but it will be full price… My month on Goodreads is over, but you can still check the wonderful conversation here. Now it’s the turn of fellow Wyrd Worlder Ubiquitous Bubba, so fire away your questions to the next Douglas Adams! 🙂

Writing-wise, I’m completing a couple of stories (one of the Assassins’ Guild and one of the Amazons) and then will move on with the translation. I will try to use a part of the Assassins’ Guild novella as short story – if it stands on its own at less than 6K, I will submit it to a magazine, if not, I’ll just publish the whole novella in the fall. And the Amazons story… if I like it, I’ll add it to my Wyrd Worlds 2 submissions, if not, maybe I’ll just leave it in the drawer! 🙂

Careful of how you behave online. See how you can lose a gig because you had a meltdown on social media… Even if you’re a fiction writer, this applies. Don’t make a fool of yourself in public – I wouldn’t buy a book by an author who whines constantly on social media…

Wonderful post by Hugh Howey on the state of self-publishing. And if you have time (but wouldn’t you be better off writing?!), you can check the latest Konrant (I admit I quit halfway, since I know Joe’s opinion and can’t be bothered to hear him fisking someone else – I’m sick of hearing there are still writers out there who keep their head in the sand and don’t want to think for themselves) or David Gaughran’s analysis of media bias and Amazon.

And since the heat is on, I’m going back to writing and hybernating (in case you’re new to this blog, yes, I hybernate in the summer – and I can’t stand the AC). Have a great week! 🙂

Random Friday

Published 13/06/2014 by Barb

Not sure if you’re following the discussion on my thread on Goodreads, but I’ve said that I feel like an alien who wants to go home. Well, maybe this E.T. will soon go home, thanks to this warp drive spaceship! 🙂 Wonders never cease, do they? Although the first flight will probably over-crowded… and very expensive… so I’ll keep going home with my mind for now! 😉

Bu the way, I feel mean and rude, but I’ve “unfriended” someone on Goodreads. He kept inviting me to groups, none of which interested me, one was even secret and based on GR recommendations – now I don’t want any recommendations, neither on Goodreads or anywhere else. My TBR list is long enough already.

I’m still trudging through the novellas finalists for the Hugos, and I’m still not impressed (although now I can say I’ve read something by Charles Stross, one of the Hachette authors fisked by Joe Konrath). I spent too much time reading only my own stuff, and probably lost touch with what the market really wants. Which doesn’t mean I’ll start writing for the market, but it makes it harder for me to find my 5000 True Fans. Sigh.

Now the summer is here, which probably means tomorrow I’m going to skip the Bollywood Dance workshop here in Rome, because leaving the house at 3pm is suicide. Sorry, Ambili Abraham, I guess I’ll never get to meet you – or watch you on the Italian TV for that matter! 😉

I’ve watched an Italian movie, Anni Felici, a fictionalized version of the director’s youth in the summer of 1974. The two kids were wonderful and even if that year I was living abroad, yeah, the 70s were all there. It has English subtitles if you’d like to check it! 🙂

Internet bullies and one more reason not to put all your eggs in one (Amazon) basket. My internet connection is driving me nuts, so I’m signing off now. Have a great weekend!

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