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Posted by The Publisher on September 10, 2000 at 18:05:05:

In Reply to: Re: - Reviews posted by Chris on September 10, 2000 at 17:14:57:

: : Now, Marie does not need another writer's group to be criticized, since she has passed that hurdle; she WILL be published. As small as Rose Publishing is, we got many inquiries/submissions from other writers and had to reject them; in this case, these works were really good, but we just could not afford (due to financial and staff considerations) to commit ourselves to publishing them.In my opinion, and my credentials in this field are quite serious, Marie de Merle has solid talent. She just needs to find more physical time to work at it. Yes, support from her fellow LOTMers would have helped her morally. So far, this support has not come and I am indeed surprised. You got to understand that if each and every one on this board would buy a book of hers, neither Marie nor her Publisher would have made money, let alone be rich and famous. Be that as it may, I, and not Marie, looked for that emotional support. What was posted, was enough to have a good-natured discussion. Alas!
: : So, while Eden's Winter will be published and promoted and distributed when it's written to completion, its subject matter on this board, is closed.

: : The Publisher

: Dear Publisher,
: Please be fair to the group. You pushed very hard for people to comment on the book. Now you are unhappy with what they have said, and you cut off further discussion. I don't think Marie's talent as a writer is in question. Although I think it is fine to have open discussions of books in this group, I think it is unfair to have a public discussion of a work in progress. If the author, or you as the publisher, wish comments on a work in progress, I think it should be done in private emails. If the author wishes to remain anonymous, the critiques (please don't use the word "criticisms!") could be sent to you or Elaine to be forwarded to the author. I wish I had thought of that route before posting publicly.
: Just my opinion.
: Chris

Hi Chris!
Before we close this discussion, thanks for your opinion. I am enthusiastic, and yes what you think as "pushing hard," did not enter my mind as 'pushing.'.
Hey, we discuss all kinds of subjects here, we laugh, we moan and groan, and it would have been quite easy to have an amicable thread about this. Firstly, because the author is one of our own... for example, she could have been YOU, Chris, and second, because of its time period, is of interest to us, and lastly, some lighthearted comments such as: hey! wow! good luck! ... would have gone a long way.
We have a dozen other books in our roster, and each and every one of them could have been food for thought and subject for a round of toast at Bumppo's.
Why not?
It's really very easy to be supportive, and it's fun, too.

The Publisher

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