Understanding Self Publishing

Understanding Self Publishing

What do you know about self-publishing? Self-publishing has come in for its fair share of bashing over the last year or so by those who seem to either fear it, misunderstand it, or simply have their selfish grievances about new writers playing in their sandpit. Most of the articles and posts I have read that deride self-publishing, and even worse, conduct bitter attacks against the validity, capability or worthiness of self-published authors, are in my mind written by those who have failed to grasp what the future holds. Additionally, that this future is here now, and will not be going away. The most basic point missed by many is that

I Hate Passwords

I Hate Passwords

I hate passwords with a passion. Hardly a day goes by when I do not get a message from a website, social media site or financial site, asking me to change my password. Usually, this is in response to a security failure from the particular website, as it probably was today when Facebook advised me that ‘Someone may have logged into your account,‘ and of course, told me to change my password. Then, when I receive messages such as the following from my ISP, I have to wonder why we are still living with the daily curse of something as prehistoric as passwords. Dear customer, We have detected mass e-mailing

Publishers, Editors, Pretenders And Snobs

Self publishing

The publishing world is full of hypocrites I rarely get upset and resist using my blog as a soap box, but hypocrites, charlatans and snobs do sometimes just become too much to swallow. It is an unfortunate fact that there are those riding on the wave of the success of self-publishing by boldly calling themselves publishers, editors, agents and any number of other titles. Most of these have surfaced since the advent of ebook Most of these have surfaced since the advent of ebook self-publishing and use free online self-publishing and POD tools and services, yet find it necessary to systematically denigrate, criticise and damn self-publishing. I read a blog post recently

Engage Then Automate, But Don’t Spam

social media automation

The big problem with social media is that it’s a snowball. Once it starts rolling for you, there is simply no way of stopping it increasing. If you have a book you want to promote, social media is naturally the most logical starting point and with the success of ebooks, it’s a no brainer. However, once you get over the initial few months of hard work and hours of grind; following, engaging, chatting, posting and doing all the things that we all know are the basics of successful social media, you discover that you are now a social media addict and have traded almost everything else you do for Twitter,