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Google-Fu: and the way of the Net:How to understand the information the Net has about you, and influence it.

In Misc on January 7, 2013 at 8:22 pm

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Greetings grasshopper: sit to understand the way of the “Net”.  For the internet, is a vast computer network storing and sharing a wealth of information.  This network has created the phenomenon that we call the World Wide Web.

Ahh but this you know; patience grasshopper––patience.

The Net is most voracious in its ability to swallow information, and is unforgiving in displaying its wares.  For this purpose reader-san: you must understand the art of Google-Fu.

Google-Fu is learning what information the Net knows and particularly knows about you.

To do this you must understand what drives the Nets need to know you; and then––you must know yourself.

You must know this reader-san or you will falter when your identity is stolen, or when girlfriend or employer sees your indiscretions on Facebook.  Then you will pine for Google-Fu to protect you but by then it will be too late.

Young pupil, appreciate and master the Net.  Only with this knowledge will you come to understand its power.  For the Net is like the air: it surrounds us, refreshes us or levels our relational houses.  Know this and you will not know defeat in your affiliations.

We will discover together the information the Net has captured about you.  How you have surrendered this information and may recover yourself from disaster should you choose to walk the path of the wise.

Therefore, reader-san, start with this truth: the Net knows only two things: one: what it has been given, and two––what you have given to it.

Dwell on this truth grasshopper, next week we will begin your training, and start with what has been given to the Net.

Now go meditate.

Check out my new book trailer!

In Look what I did!, My novel: The Third Heaven: The Rise of Fallen Stars on October 30, 2012 at 1:39 pm

I’d like to introduce my new trailer for my novel The Third Heaven: The Rise of Fallen Stars

Yes its supposed to be a tease!  Hehe.. patience grasshopper, patience.  🙂

How Will Readers Discover Your Self-Published Books? Sobering Numbers Impact Today’s Authors

In On writing on October 29, 2012 at 10:27 pm

In the end this is a vital question that every author that is starting out must ask themselves.  Even more so if you are self-publishing.

Now as someone who hopes one day to be published via the traditional route, it still begs the question.  How can you increase the odds of success?

This little post I found on a blog I think sums the situation up nicely.  In the end she narrows her answer to the following.

Develop a platform that encompasses the following.

•  Book websites and/or blogs

•  Social media outreach

•  Press releases

•  Public speaking

•  TV, radio, and blog interviews

•  Blog and magazine articles

•  Targeted advertising

So how much of this are you doing?  Obviously the bigger the platform the better the chance of discoverability.

Hmmm let’s see what we can build shall we?

Here’s the full link…enjoy!

http://www.theselfpublishingexperiment.com/marketer/how-will-readers-discover-your-books/

Resource Monday: Copyright.gov

In Its resource Monday! on September 24, 2012 at 11:11 am

Starting today I’m going to place on my blog a helpful resource for my followers.  I will call this blog entry “Resource Monday”.  Always expect to get a good reviews and helpful tips each Monday!

Today’s resource is copyright.gov

In this website you will discover everything you need to know about copyright law.  All the information you will ever need to know is right here at your finger tips.  I especially recommend the FAQ section.

A common misconception is that once you’ve written something is that its not copyrighted.  That is actually incorrect.  per the site. “Your work is under copyright protection the moment it is created and fixed in a tangible form that it is perceptible either directly or with the aid of a machine or device. “

What your really seeking is to have your work registered as copyrighted.

Here are two questions people typically have about registering a copyright.

Do I have to register with your office to be protected?
No. In general, registration is voluntary. Copyright exists from the moment the work is created. You will have to register, however, if you wish to bring a lawsuit for infringement of a U.S. work. See Circular 1, Copyright Basics, section “Copyright Registration.” 

Why should I register my work if copyright protection is automatic?
Registration is recommended for a number of reasons. Many choose to register their works because they wish to have the facts of their copyright on the public record and have a certificate of registration. Registered works may be eligible for statutory damages and attorney’s fees in successful litigation. Finally, if registration occurs within 5 years of publication, it is considered prima facie evidence in a court of law. See Circular 1, Copyright Basics, section “Copyright Registration” and Circular 38bHighlights of Copyright Amendments Contained in the Uruguay Round Agreements Act (URAA), on non-U.S. works. 

So enjoy, and let me know if this was helpful to you!