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A one day freebie for self-publishers

Sorry for the short notice everyone, but I’ve just put the ebook version ofย  ‘How to Print Your Novel with CreateSpace‘ up for one free day on Amazon.

The good news is that it’s scheduled for tomorrow, January 13th 2018 [about dinner time on the east coast of Australia].

The bad news is that it’s only available for the Kindle Fire tablets and the Kindle app. – i.e. it’s not available on the ordinary Kindles.

The reason is that the ebook version was created using the Amazon Textbook Creator, and Textbook Creator files don’t work on the ordinary Kindles. Given how many screenshots and illustrations there are in the How-to, that’s probably not such a bad thing as you really need to see them in colour.

If you’re ready to self-publish a print book of your own, or even if you’re still at the dreaming stage, please, PLEASE download the book tomorrow and keep it for future reference. The information in the book can be found on the internet – that’s how I found it all – but you’ll have to search for it, so get the book and have it all in the one place, in step-by-step order. ๐Ÿ™‚

I’m keeping the freebie to just one day because I’m hoping the pirates won’t find out about it until it’s too late. This is just my theory, right, but I believe the free days we all use to market our books play into the hands of the pirates. They download our books, break the DRM if there is one, and then use our books as ‘bait’ for unwary readers hoping for a free book.

Again, I’m only theorizing here, but I found my first book on a couple of pirate sites some time ago. I didn’t want to go too deep in case I picked up a nasty infection, but one site used free books to lure people into a marketing scam. The other one? I don’t know but my anti-virus did not like it one little bit.

Anyway, that’s the long version of why I try not to put my books on free anymore. It’s also the reason this blog post is the only marketing I intend to do.

Okay, so January 13th on Amazon [dinner time for Aussies]:

https://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss/146-8929991-5956327?url=search-alias%3Ddigital-text&field-keywords=How+to+Print+Your+Novel+with+CreateSpace

I hope you all know that I’d really appreciate knowing if/where there are errors, or why something doesn’t work. ๐Ÿ™‚

cheers

Meeks

 

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Innerscape – Music competition for Episode 1 begins!

reworked-cover-final-1Good evening, good afternoon and good morning. ๐Ÿ™‚

Innerscape Episode 1 is live on Amazon, and from November 14, 2016 to November 18, 2016, you will be able to download Episode 1 for free, and enter the Music Competition to win free music.

The Music Competition, which runs in lockstep with the free downloads, will give two lucky winners one of the following digital albums:

  • Elysium, by Jo Blankenburg, and
  • Vendetta, also by Jo Blankenburg.

This is a video clip of one of my favourite tracks from Elysium.

And this one is a making-of type video clip that features snippets from Vendetta.

If you don’t like these albums, or miss out for some reason, don’t worry – there will be two new albums up for grabs with Episode 2.

To enter the Music Competition, all you have to do is answer a simple question based on the excerpt from Innerscape, found in the Amazon ‘Look Inside’ for Episode 1.

You can find the excerpt here:

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01N3ZBKAK/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1478992768&sr=8-2&keywords=kindle+Innerscape

Hint: if you read as far as the chapter entitled ‘Takh Ahn’, you’ve gone too far. But don’t let me stop you from reading further. ๐Ÿ˜‰

And now for the all-important, multiple choice question:

Who is the Head of Patient Care at Innerscape?

  1. Kenneth Wu?
  2. Charles McGragh?
  3. Emily Watson?

Once you know the answer, type the correct name, or simply 1, 2 or 3, in the comments section at the end of this post, and that’s it.

[Sorry, only 1 entry per person]

Both the Music Competition and the free download days for Episode 1 will end on November 18, 2016. Yes, I know I’ve said that before but I don’t want anyone to get the dates wrong and end up disappointed.

On November 19, 2016, I will pick two correct answers, at random, from a big mixing bowl, and the names of the winners will be announced in a post on this blog. The winners will also be announced via Twitter so please check back to see if you’ve won.

To find out how you can claim your free digital music album, please read the Innerscape FAQ here:

http://wp.me/p25AFu-2sA

Thank you for joining me today, and may the Party begin!
cheers
Meeks


Possible new #email #scam ?

I’m not a programmer so I’m just guessing that the two emails below are scams, but whatever they are, any change of pattern deserves caution.

So what are these changes of pattern?

I’ve noticed two, and they both involve the email address of the sender. Before I show you what I mean, it’s worth having a quick look at the standard parts or components of an email address. I’ll use my gmail address [this is my public email only] to illustrate:

meekasmind@gmail.com

The components are as follows:

  1. the username – i.e. meekasmind
  2. the @ symbol
  3. the mail server – i.e. gmail
  4. the top level doman or extension – i.e.ย  .com

The @ symbol never varies but the username could be just about anything, same with the mail server, however the top level doman is usually restricted to a few familiar extensions. These include:

  • .com
  • .org
  • .net
  • .info

I’m sure there are more, but those are the main ones, off the top of my head. Outside of the US, these extensions often include the country code – e.g. .com.au for Australia.

Now have a look at the screenshots of emails I received just this week:

security scam concert-tickets

This is the first one I received. Note the .stream extension. Now it is possible that new extensions were approved while I wasn’t looking, but when I searched for the ‘concert-tickets‘ mail server from which the email supposedly came, I found nothing. Zip, zero, nada.

The next day I received three more emails with the hypenated mail server name and the .stream extension. Hmm..a pattern emerging here.

Then today a variation on the theme:

security scam or hack 2

Instead of a .stream extension on the email address, we now have a .download. Assuming the .download and .stream extensions are legitimate, just exactly how many of these extensions are there?

Note something else as well. Under ‘Improve Your Vision’ [which is a link to another web location] there is vertical line. That line is not a truncated picture holder [given that Firefox blocked the images embedded in the body of the email*]. Nor is it an error. That line is another link.

Why is that line potentially significant?

Because even people who know to be wary of links in emails might click it just to find out what it is.

For me, another suspicious thing is the lack of ‘other’ information in any of these emails. Now it’s possible that the blocked images contain more information – i.e. text – but as a form of marketing, this doesn’t seem to be very smart. Which leads me to suspect that it’s not really marketing at all.

If anyone knows anything about these ‘new’ extensions – i.e. whether they are legitimate or not – please reply in comments. Until we know for sure, however, please treat these kinds of emails as potentially dangerous.

cheers

Meeks

*The reason Firefox blocks at least some images in emails is that certain images ‘can’ contain malicious code. I’m not sure how that works, and I’m not sure how often it happens, but I know it’s a possibility.


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