Sunday, 29 March 2015

Harassment through twitter lists and how to stop it


When you think of the many ways that you can be harassed on the internet Twitter lists probably didint even appear on your list of possibilities. It didn't appear on mine either until it happened to me.

The thing is I wasn't even aware it was happening for a long time. This is because of a major flaw in the twitter listing system.  A twitter user does not have to ask your permission to add you to a list and unless you regularly check all notifications ( I get hundreds everyday) you may miss this fact that you have been added to certain lists.

Lists can be great. I use them myself to categorize people I follow into lists such as "PR and Publishing" and "bloggers". Its a great way of keeping your feed organised. 

However I have also seen people be added to lists such as "Idiots" or "Stupid people". Not a very nice thing to discover. 

I myself was added to a list called "plagiarizers" . This person had no real evidence of any plagiarism other than a few generic tweets that were posted when my account was hacked. Never the less I was now stuck with this label. When your blogger or writer being accused of plagiarism is possibly the worst thing that can happen .

Whats even worse is there is no official button to remove yourself from these lists and the owner of said list refused to take me off it.

I wasn't willing to put up with this so I looked for a round about way to fix this and I found it.


First of all : Check what lists you have been added to 





So I've decided I don't want to be on the "Hablando de Apple Watch" list. 


How to remove yourself from a list 

1) Click on the author of the list. In this case "Juan Luis Martel"

2)Click the cog wheel beside the follow button

3) Click Block and then confirm

4) Hover over the blocked button to unblock them again. 

* That step is important. Just blocking doesn't remove you from a list . You must unblock again*

If you look again on lists your a member off that list should no longer be there. However this person can re add you to that list so to prevent that you must block them again 


Hopefully this solves your problem. If you found this post helpful please 
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Monday, 23 March 2015

How Authors Can Use The Internet To Interact With Readers







When it comes to authors reaching out to their readers, the landscape has certainly changed over the past decade. In the past, authors could only directly connect to their readers via book tours or written correspondence. Today, however, writers have many new channels through which to connect to their readers. Here are some innovative ways that authors can use to speak with their readers directly


Reddit


Many people may still be unfamiliar with Reddit. However, it's quickly
becoming a powerful marketing tool for many people, including authors. Lemony Snicket, a children's book author whose real name is Daniel Handler, used a Reddit post called "Asked Me Anything" to allow his fans to ask him questions directly. Handler was able to have a direct dialogue with fans who may not have been able to come see him on one of his book tours. It was an easy and free manner of promotion.


Goodreads


Goodreads is a platform for readers to create virtual bookshelves of the books they've read and to share their opinions with other readers. Authors can create author portals where they can receive reader feedback directly. This is an ingenious method for authors to be able to receive feedback directly on their work, in addition to an easy way for them to keep their readers posted on what they are up to.



Twitter, Facebook and other forms of social media



When it comes to authors communicating with their readers, popular social media platforms like Twitter and Facebook work well. These platforms are not made specifically for authors, but they do work well for this purpose. Readers can "follow" their favorite authors on these platforms and can keep track of what their favorite authors are up to, in addition to being able to send them questions and comments.

The publishing landscape is changing across the board and it's important for authors to keep up. If authors use these tools to communicate with their readers and publicize their brand, they will be able to successfully compete in today's market. Plus, their readers will appreciate their accessibility.



How important do you think it is for an author to have an online precence? If you loved a book and then found that the author had no social media accounts, would that bother you? 


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Friday, 13 March 2015

Running with an Idea by @roisinmeaney


Running with an Idea


I was always a walker. From the time we could put one leg in front of another without falling over, my mother, an avid walker, would take us with her when she went on her rambles, and we all grew up with the habit ingrained into us. We used to spend our summer holidays in the house in the middle of nowhere in County Clare that my father inherited from his parents, and I have vivid memories of us tramping the grass-in-the-middle roads that rarely saw a car, the older kids (me among them) almost running to keep up with my mother as she wheeled the younger ones (one baby, two or three toddlers) in an ancient pram.



The walks seemed to last forever – mother had a lot of energy – and we went out in all weathers, so a fair few memories come complete with rain dripping from the end of my nose as I splashed in whatever puddles I encountered. Happy days, with a clutch of happy tired children at the end of them.

But while I would have regarded walking as my exercise of choice growing up, over the years I would also have flirted with running, I suppose just to ring the changes a little. These interludes would generally be short-lived, and would involve me and whatever pal I managed to rope in making our tottery, red-faced, gasping way around whatever green space was closest to us. We’d last two or three sessions before one of us would find an appointment that prevented the next run from happening, and that would be that for another few months.

I had some modest success for a few years in my twenties, when I was teaching in Dublin. I managed somehow to persevere with my runs until I was able to tackle the 10 kilometres that made up the Ladies’ Mini Marathon a few times. I would finish on the point of collapse, and vow never again – and then eight months later off I’d go, working my way up to it again.

When I left Dublin for a job in Limerick I left running behind too – until last year, after a running hiatus that had lasted for several years, I decided for whatever reason to give it another go – and this time, to make myself keep it up, I registered to run the half-marathon in the Great Limerick Run, which takes place annually in May. I can hear you laughing from here, and I can’t blame you. Registering for a half-marathon, with my track record (literally) was the height of lunacy, right? Right. Needless to say I’d given up my pathetic training attempts long before the run happened, and I kissed my registration fee goodbye. That was it, I thought. No more running for me; walking all the way.

And then something happened. Well, nothing happened really, apart from a niggling feeling that wouldn’t go away, a dissatisfaction that kept prodding at me. You wimp, it said. You failed – and finally, to shut it up, in November I made contact with a man whom I knew only by reputation. We were Facebook friends, and he often posted running-related messages that made it perfectly clear that he had a passion for the thing. Turn me into a runner, I demanded – and by golly, he did. He has.

He sets me weekly running schedules that started with three and four mile runs, four times a week, and now, three months later, I’ve graduated to five and six times a week, and my schedules involve runs of up to eight miles. By some miracle, I’ve managed to stick to the schedules – I think I’ve only missed two runs since November, due to various aches and pains, but in general I’ve been a very good girl indeed. I’ve registered for and run three official runs so far, a five miler and two 10ks, and I’ve once again registered for the Great Limerick Run half marathon on May 2.

I can’t honestly say that I enjoy the runs – I still regard them as a bit of an endurance test – but the feeling of achievement when I finish one is pretty good. And running is a brilliant antidote to writing – it’s pretty much its polar opposite, and it also provides a great opportunity to toss a few ideas around as I tramp the roads, trying not to look too much as if I’m on the point of cardiac arrest. I always run with music, but I’ve learnt how to let it settle into the background as I wrestle with a tricky plot point, or struggle with an awkward character.

So it’s a win-win. If you happen to live in Limerick, or happen to be visiting it on May 2, look out for me as I cross the finish line of the Great Limerick Run. I’ll be the one with the happiest smile plastered on my sweaty red puss.





A huge thank you to Roisin for taking the time out to write this great post for Go Book Yourself.


Her new novel "Two Fridays in April" in available now!

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Saturday, 7 March 2015

Cover Reveal: The Tears of Dark Water by Corban Addison




Tears of the Dark Water blurb:



"Daniel and Vanessa Parker are an American success story. He is a Washington, D.C. power broker, and she is a doctor with a thriving practice. But behind the fa├žade, their marriage is a shambles, and their teenage son, Quentin, is self-destructing. In desperation, Daniel dusts off a long-delayed dream - a sailing trip around the world. Little does he know that the voyage he hopes will save them may destroy them instead.

Half a world away, on the lawless coast of Somalia, Ismail Ibrahim is plotting the rescue of his sister, Yasmin, from the man who murdered their father. Driven to crime by love and loyalty, he hijacks ships for ransom money. There is nothing he will not do to save her, even if it means taking innocent life.

Paul Derrick is the FBI's top hostage negotiator. His twin sister Megan, is a celebrated defense attorney. When Paul is called to respond to a hostage crisis at sea, he has no idea how far it will take them both into their traumatic past - or the chance it will give them to redeem the future.

Across continents and oceans, through storms and civil wars, their paths converge in a single, explosive moment. It is a moment that will test them, and break them, but that will also leave behind a glimmer of hope - that out of the ashes of tragedy the seeds of justice and reconciliation can grow, not only for themselves but also for Somalia itself."



Cover Reveal: 




Im really loving the sound of this. I love the cover too it reminds me of the old Wilbur Smith covers. 
If its as good as A Walk Across the Sun and The Garden of Burning Sand then ill be happy 




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Monday, 2 March 2015

Review: The DUFF: Designated Ugly Fat Friend by Kody Keplinger

             

Published: September 2010
Publisher: Little Brown / Poppy 
Format: eBook 



Didn't gel to this at all unfortunately. I found most of the characters really unlikable, which is not always a bad thing but they weren't unlike able enough at the other end to make any sort of an impression on me if that makes sense?

I love a book where I can detest a character but there's nothing worse than feeling "Meh" about a character or story.

Really I thought that Bianca was a bit thick. This idiot insults her constantly yet she still not only gives him the time of day, she uses him as a "distraction". Right. Also whining about an ex who took her virginity when she was 14!? Statutory Rape anyone!?? Maybe I'm not down with the young people anymore but I thought that was a bit excessive

I picked this up because I read that it was going to be turned into a movie and I wanted to read it first.


Movie Trailer: 


I just watched the trailer. It seems they totally changed the story. This, for me at least is a good thing as it would have been one boring ass movie.
This is probably the only time ill ever say this but skip the book and wait for the movie 





Rating:

★★ ☆ ☆ ☆

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Monday, 23 February 2015

Review: Finding Jake by Bryan Reardon



Published: February 2015
Publisher: William Morrow & company
Format: eBook




Finding Jake really gripped me from the first page. So much so that I read it in a couple of hours!

Other reviewers have compared this to “We need to talk about Kevin” I suppose the comparison was inevitable considering the stories are very similar. I suppose I would refer to Finding Jake as a Young Adult version of “We need to talk about Kevin”. That's not to say it's dumbed down in anyway. Its just going to be easier for a younger reader to relate to the writing.


The story is told by Simon, Jake's stay at home dad. Simon is struggling in his new role and is constantly worried about either suffocating Jake or not spending enough time with him. The story skips back and forth between Jake's childhood and the moments and days after the shooting at the school. The chapters are paced very well which made it quite hard to put down.


It's the typical nature versus nurture scenario. Simon is convinced that he missed something in Jakes past. Did he praise him too much? Not enough? Was he too strict or maybe not strict enough. He almost tares himself and his family apart in an attempt to find an answer. I firmly believe that a parent can only do so much. At some point no matter what you do or don't do as a parent 
a child will choose his or her own path.

During the events the local community are anything but supportive. Even though Jake has been missing since the shooting and there is little evidence to actually tie him to the crime the mob still descends to condemn Simon and his wife. How could they not have known? Surely this could have been prevented if they had “kept a better eye on him” .


As the story concludes the community realizes that they story was not so straight forward. The shy quiet child always seems to suddenly then to be “odd” and distant when the reality it that they are just shy and reserved. The letter at the end from the young teen to Simon's dad was really heartbreaking and was a perfect example of why we shouldn't be so quick to judge and jump on the side of the media in cases like this.


Finding Jake was an extremely rewarding read . Bryan Reardon will certainly be going on my to watch list



Rating:

★ ★ ★ ★ ☆

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