Careful What You Tweet – Big Brother Is Watching You

Careful What You Tweet – Big Brother Is Watching You

Big Brother is watching you! It’s very easy to forget as we lie back on our sofas with our laptops, iPads and smart phones, Tweeting and Facebooking away that we are being continuously monitored. Unaware of the possible consequences of out little text exchanges. As happened recently to a young Saudi newspaper columnist, whose Tweet has him into seriously, hot water. The newspaper report indicates that the young man could possibly face the death penalty. In some ways, it is very easy to imagine that all the social media and social networking choices we have available to us now on the Internet were actually started by intelligence gathering agencies. What better

Authors – How To Promote Yourself

Authors – How To Promote Yourself

How To Promote Yourself As An Author Selling books is hard work and also a very good way to alienate yourself as an author. Social media is full of self-published authors trying to ‘flog’ their ebooks and all most of them achieve is to be ignored or unfollowed. In recent weeks I have had quite a few comments and messages asking about the difference between promoting and selling and how to build a social network and following, so I thought I might share some of my ideas and approaches to author and book promotion here. I have to say from the outset though that these are methods that work for

I Want Dislike Buttons And You Are Boring Me Buttons

dislike buttons

Dislike buttons would help me say what I really want to say Dislike buttons on Facebook are clearly not on Facebook’s agenda, as they would destroy the myth of Facebook. Be nice, and don’t make waves. Why though, are we corralled into only being able to have one singular opinion of what people, and idiots post? Why can’t I have the option to click a ‘boring’ button? Or perhaps, a ‘This is Dumb’ button. Why are we denied a choice, a range of opinions or the possibility to click a button that is in its mildest form, negative? I mean, social media is full of garbage, idiotic posts and worse,

Playing with The Giants

Playing With The Giants

My recent post about how Amazon KDP are changing the game for self publishers attracted so many visitors that my blog crashed quite a few times due to the amount of traffic. This extraordinary response can only mean that there are an awful lot of people who are deriving an income from Amazon. Whether Amazon has made changes that have had a detrimental effect on self publishers is open to opinion, but the telling point from this issue is not singularly about Amazon. It is about the new order of the Internet and how e-commerce has become an integral part of our lives, but that control of e-commerce is in