Wednesday, December 26, 2018

Thoughts on Publishing and Facebook Privacy


Today’s blogs had some interesting articles.

First, a missive declaring the semicolon evil! I found this entertaining and somewhat true also. Someday I will write my own piece about the evils of the em-dash and ellipses!


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There is nothing really all that new in the next article, but this does bear repeating:

Stop Looking For Secrets!
Finally stop looking for insider tips, even like this. The secret to writing success can be summed up in two words: perseverance and hard work. Focussing on these two aspects for success, you will see progress in your chosen profession.”


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One of the ways to succeed on Amazon is to be in the top-10 of your publishing genre. One way to do that is to write a book in a genre with very little competition. Do any of your books fit into these new categories?

http://www.theindependentpublishingmagazine.com/2018/11/6-emerging-book-genres-we-bet-you-havent-heard-of-ester-brierley-guest-post.html

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Lastly, I have been thinking about social media lately. I saw Guy Kawasaki on CNBC recently talking about Facebook’s latest privacy issues. He said that we have to stop being so naive. The social media companies (Google, Facebook, and Twitter primarily) are giving us tools without asking us for money. But, of course they are getting something out of the deal. How else could they become some of the most valuable companies on the planet? I feel I get value from Google. I get world-class email, Google Drive, Google Docs, Google Photos, Blogger… I use them all and appreciate them. So, they get some information from me – it’s a trade-off I’m OK with. Facebook? Less so. I get some value, but far less. I’ve deactivated my account a number of times, but have so far gone back and reactivated it every time. I feel I need it. I need it to promote causes and organizations I care about. But, I did go in today and adjust my privacy and security settings to give them as little information as possible, knowing that they still will garner some data from my presence. The following article takes a stronger stance, claiming that given what we now know we should delete our Facebook accounts.

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2018/dec/21/quit-facebook-privacy-scandal-private-messages

PS - Odds are good that I will once again deactivate my Facebook account, maybe this time for good. I made a comment on a friend's post. I was agreeing with the post, sharing what I thought was a different angle on the issue. He unfriended me! And he wasn't pleasant about it at all. Obviously I did not explain myself well - it's on me. But, it just reminded me that Facebook and Twitter are not good places to discuss issues, especially in the comments section. It's more frustrating than it's worth.