Moronic spam

Posted in General with tags on February 21, 2018 by Kate Jack

In an article I recently posted, reconcilliation I mentioned the necessity to be persistent when going after what you want. There are, of course, different reasons for persistence, one of which is spamming. Recently, I have been receiving spam from a company called, extraproxies.com I don’t know what they sell and I don’t want to know. Their technique is interesting. They pick out one of my articles to “comment” on and quote part of that self same article. For example, this particular piece of cretinous spam comes from my post called, I’m melting, I’m melting!

extraproxies.comx Malia Drozda

Being British, I naturally moan about the weather; most Brits do. We bemoan the fact it

As you will see, they’ve copied and pasted the opening lines of the post. Why? What is their intention? Is it to beguile me into visiting their site and purchasing whatever their product is? Great sales technique – not 😀 Is it intended to annoy? Possibly, but it again begs the question, why? Prior to them sending me moronic spams, I’d never heard of this so-called-company. If they do intend to annoy, well they can now reap the fruits of their labours.

So go for it, extraproxies.com, I’m sure your unusual sales technique will send your profits soaring 😀

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Reconciliation

Posted in General, Uncategorized with tags on February 13, 2018 by Kate Jack

When I first entered the world of writing, I learned a lot and am still learning things today, amongst which are: persistence, optimism and reconciliation. When I first obtained a publishing contract for The Silver Flute Trilogy, I was filled with elation. However, that joy soon turned to ashes in my mouth. My enthusiasm for promoting my books was not matched by my publisher. Oh, promises were made, but rarely followed up on. Very soon the black dog of depression began to follow me around.

Fortunately, this state of affairs did not last for long and when my publisher began not answering mine and my fellow writers emails, I girded my loins for battle.

I began by joining the Society of Authors, a sterling organisation which I heartily recommend, and consulted them about my publishing contracts. Alas, it was to no avail, as they were watertight and it seemed I’d shackled myself to an anvil.

The black dog reared its ugly head again, that is until a friend advised me to forget about my books and move on. What the hell! Forget that! They were mine, my creations and there was no way I was letting all that work go to waste.

So all the writers concerned, grouped together and emailed the publisher over and over, until he finally capitulated and returned our book rights free of charge. See what I mean about persistence?

So now that my books and I are reconciled, I have the opportunity to revamp and republish them myself  and so turned  good reads, into great reads – ain’t life fab? 😀

2nd edition of Land of Midnight Days available from: 

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To review or not to review?

Posted in General with tags on February 10, 2018 by Kate Jack

As a reader, when you purchase a book, do you bother to leave a review when you’ve finished it? I do, as I think it’s important to share your opinion with others. Why? Well, if I’ve enjoyed the work, I want others to enjoy it too. If I haven’t, I must admit I chicken out and don’t say anything. I don’t want to hurt the author’s feelings, or project a negative image of myself. It’s a sad fact that some reviewers positively relish eviscerating writers, just out of pure nastiness. 

It’s possible to give honest criticism without the need to destroy someone’s confidence and maybe even help them out, so that they can take a fresh look at their work and improve it. I have one review, three stars, which gave me feedback that proved invaluable. 

So what else puts readers off posting a review? Well, it could be that they think they have to write reams and reams, and critique every aspect of the book they’ve just read; not true. A few words more than suffices, giving a brief outline of why they liked/disliked the work.

Not long ago, I published my free eBook, A Pocketful of Stories and a lovely lady messaged me on Facebook to tell me how much she enjoyed one of the stories, The Dreamer and the Realist. It made my day, I can tell you 😀 However, she didn’t, for whatever reason, post a review. Perhaps it didn’t occur to her, but at least she took the time to give me feedback and every little bit helps.

So, fellow readers, the next time you read a book, consider posting an honest review and always remember that there’s a person behind the writing, so be as positive as possible 🙂

 

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Do you have a writing routine?

Posted in Writing with tags on January 19, 2018 by Kate Jack

I do – of sorts. I’ve had the same writing routine for years, but now I’ve made some changes. See if you can spot them.

Early start. The alarm goes off at 5am and after a lot of swearing, I switch it off and lurch my way to the bathroom.

Feed the cat. The next, rather revolting task, is to feed the cat, as she refuses to stop trying to trip me up, until I do. The smell of cat food at that time of the day necessitates the holding of the breath, as it’s emptied into the dish. This invariably followed by…

Coffee.

 

Write. Once all that’s accomplished, out comes the laptop and once I’ve checked out Facebook, Twitter and my emails, it’s time to get on with writing my latest WIP.

This also includes that staple part of a writer’s diet – more coffee.

Work. 6am rolls around and it’s time to set off for work and spend the next few hours in mind numbing, boring routine, broken only by more cups of coffee.

Write. Then it’s home again, grab a bite to eat, fight off a maddened cat, who is acting as though she’s never been fed.

FEED ME!

Once I’ve fought my way past the deranged feline, it’s back to the laptop and write, this time accompanied by a cup of…

 

And repeat, except for a few small differences – can you spot them? 🙂

Early start.

Retired.

Write.

Coffee.

Feed the cat.

Write.

More coffee.

Write.

Go to bed.

Write.

Go to sleep and dream about writing.

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Well, it’s been awhile…

Posted in General with tags on January 18, 2018 by Kate Jack

…but it’s happened again.

What? I hear you ask. Well, when I logged into twitter this morning I found I had four new followers, which came as a pleasant surprise, until I followed them back. Three out of the four appeared to be genuine followers. However, the fourth no sooner obtained my reciprocation than they unfollowed me, within the space of about three minutes. Why? My guess is that they’re trying to obtain more followers for their account, of which there weren’t many, by following other tweeters and then promptly withdrawing their follow, thus making them seem more popular than they really are. Unfortunately for them, I have an app that enables me to check for new followers and non-followbacks, etc. I therefore blocked this person; will they learn from this experience? Somehow I doubt it.

The second annoyance of the morning was a message from one of the aforementioned new followers, purporting to be interested in my book. Alarm bells should have rung straight away, as they didn’t mention the title and I tweet about several of my books, not just one. However, being a somewhat optimistic person, I decided they were referring to my pinned tweet and I thanked them for their enquiry, and proceeded to give them the lowdown on that particular novel. Guess what? They messaged me back and asked me to watch a YouTube video they’d made. Well, fair’s, fair, I thought, at least they’d asked about my book and not just demanded I watch their video. Accordingly I watched it, it was actually quite good, liked it and retweeted it. Now the thing about spammers like this is that they’re not only cheeky, but greedy too. They messaged me again, this all took place within about 5 minutes, asking me to read their book. My reply was a good deal politer than they deserved, but it boiled down to a refusal. Strange as it may seem, they’ve suddenly gone quiet. I’m going to give them the benefit of the doubt and not block or unfollow them for the time being; that said I totally expect them to unfollow me at some point and I will then reciprocate. 

 

The thing is, what these gamers don’t seem to appreciate is that people soon cotton onto their shenanigans, and their reputation turns to crap. Since reputation is everything, especially on social media, all they’re doing is shooting themselves in the foot and it’s game over.

I will never understand why people can’t behave in a decent manner and use the likes of twitter and Facebook as they should be used, as a means of connecting and interacting with others who share similar interests. Ah well, maybe I’m being naive. 🙂

 

P.S Since posting this article, the spammer messaged me yet again about reading their book, despite my unequivocal refusal. So guess what I did – yes I blocked them 🙂

kate Jack @ twitter

 

 

And we’re off!

Posted in Writing with tags on January 17, 2018 by Kate Jack

 

Now that I’ve published the second edition of Land of Midnight Days, and had a short writing break, it’s time to take my feet off my desk and get stuck into book II, Through the Gloaming. 

 

As I said in my previous post, Press pause  it’s perfectly okay to take a break, in between writing projects, to refresh the mind, not to mention the eyes, before embarking on a new project.

The reason why I’m reiterating this point, is because after I’d posted about this sometimes thorny issue, I recalled a post I made some time ago on my  Facebook page stating that I was taking a break from writing due to personal problems. I got a reply to this, from someone I can’t recall the name of, making the rather black and white statement that there was no excuse for not writing every day. This is nonsense! Of course there’re things that get in the way of writing every day: family responsibilities, working, bereavement, and last, but not least, lack of inclination. 

My point is, dear friends, never, ever allow yourself to be intimidated by others. Follow your own rules and inclinations and remember, it’s quality that should come first and foremost, and if you’re able to produce quantity as well, that’s a bonus 😀

kate Jack @ twitter

Everyone likes freebies…

Posted in General with tags on January 14, 2018 by Kate Jack

…so here’s one for all you lovely readers out there 🙂

Land of Midnight Days, book of The Silver Flute Trilogy, will be free to download for the next five days: 15th of January to 19th of January. 

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And if you’d like another freebie, subscribe to my website and get A pocketful of Stories, a collection of short fantasy stories.

http://katejack9.wixsite.com/kate

Happy reading 🙂

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