Some succinct notes reminding all of us authors to be kind and courteous to bloggers, readers, and each other… and a short lesson in social media etiquette. Great points that we all need to remember and keep in practice. – RAB
So, you’ve written and published a book. Congratulations! Good for you!
And welcome to the club … I have some sobering news, though. You are not the first, nor will you be the last, to write and publish a book – TODAY! So far this year, 2,396,061 books have been published, worldwide. How do you expect its possible for any one book to compete with numbers like that when searching for interested readers, not to mention buyers with money to spend? And how can any one author ever suppose their newly published book is better or more important than those other 2 million+ books, so much better that one author can expect readers, bloggers and reviewers to fall all over themselves in an attempt to help promote and publicize said book?
Many of these delusional, self-centred authors do exist, unfortunately … so many, in fact, that I feel the…
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Just one story about the ugly, frustrating side of social media and technology. A good read for any author with a blog, especially those using “Amazon Associates” widgets, codes, links, etc.
Phew! Today is a good day. The last three days however, have been a nightmare and a half.
Last Saturday, I was updating a post when suddenly, my dashboard shut itself down and WordPress displayed the message that my blog had been suspended for violation of their terms. You can imagine my reaction. Panic isn’t the word. I sent them a message appealing the suspension and while I waited, I started googling for WP terms and guidelines and also asked a lot of authors for advice.
My findings soon led me to a few solid conclusions, which I hope any fellow bloggers out there will find insightful. But before I lay them out before you, I must explain first that I introduced affiliate parameters to my blog last week, having signed up with Amazon Associates. When my blog got suspended, I had just amended my widgets with the Amazon Associates…
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