Book Reviews Given & Book Reviews Sought

A couple of weeks ago, Amazon.com prevented me from posting a book review because I hadn’t purchased $50.00 worth of products (I’m not sure if this just means books or other things) from them. Fair enough. It’s their rules and I have no issue with that. Amazon’s been battling with fake reviews, paid reviews, and writers’ trading positive reviews for years, so I guess they’re clamping down and attempting to improve credibility.

By the way, see Anne Allen’s insightful blog about a host of other Amazon measures to clamp down on other types of cheating. Unfortunately, innocent authors are getting caught in the net, and Anne explains it clearly HERE:

Usually, I buy ebooks because they are cheaper and delivered instantly. As a Canadian, I would pay 30% more for a paperback from amazon.com. But what frustrates me and many other Canadian authors is that because I have a Canadian account, I’m not allowed to buy ebooks on amazon.com either. In other words, their restrictions (we’re not allowed to even gift books on amazon.ca) won’t let me abide by their reviewing rules. Needless to say, I’ll be sticking with amazon.ca and Goodreads, and might even start posting reviews here on my blog.

As an author, I might have an even harder time getting reviews on .com from Canadian reviewers, but I’ll keep trying! In fact, I am indeed looking for reviewers from any country for my 5th Casey Holland mystery, Knock Knock, published in Nov. 2017. If anyone’s interested, please let me know at debra_kong@telus.net. Here’s a short blurb:

cropped-knock-knock-front-coverA series of violent home invasions is terrorizing Vancouver seniors. When the latest invasion kills Elsie Englehart, security officer Casey Holland is devastated. Determined to protect other seniors on her watch, Casey escorts an elderly man home only to find herself ambushed by a knife-wielding assailant. Healing from serious injuries, Casey struggles to regain control of her life. She needs to get back on the job and finish preparations for her upcoming wedding before everything falls apart and more people die.

The back cover blurb is posted on the home page of my website at www.debrapurdykong.com

I can send an epub. PDF, or mobi version. Thanks!

The Facebook Conundrum

Social network imagesI’ve spent the last few days pondering my future with Facebook. Frankly, I’ve never been overly comfortable sharing much personal info about me or my family on FB, and I can’t remember the last time I posted something on my personal page.

Marketing gurus keep telling me that having an Author Page on FB is an essential, as it’s the best way to connect with potential readers. So I have a page, and I post these blogs there weekly, plus any new publishing announcements, etc. It’s open to the public, but after all the brouhaha about Cambridge Analytica and our not-so-private social networking lives, I’m in a conundrum as to whether to keep any FB presence.

I’ve never posted my real birthdate and I’ve started deleting unwanted apps, but this is probably too little too late. I also have a sneaking suspicion that other companies, aside from Cambridge Analytica, are still busy hoarding our personal info to sell to whomever wants to sell us something or persuade us politically.

These days I’m also on LinkedIn, Twitter, and Goodreads. All the others I’ve let fallen by the wayside or closed, as I just don’t have the time to keep them up to date. So, I’m wondering what all of you authors and artists are doing about your social networking presence. Have recent developments changed your approach to networking? Are you inclined to look elsewhere than FB to develop new connections, or do you think that FB will pose tighter restrictions on how information is acquired and sold, and allow you to delete shared material, as they claim they will?

Please, let me know your thoughts, oh and by the way, because the gurus say I should, here’s my FB Author’s page and a few other links, although I’m sure this is more info than you really need or want. But just in case… 🙂

www.facebook.com/pages/Casey-Holland-Transit-Security-Mysteries/139005706175139

Website: www.debrapurdykong.com

Twitter: https://twitter.com/DebraPurdyKong

Goodreads: www.goodreads.com/author/show/1391841.Debra_Purdy_Kong

LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/profile/public-profile-settings?trk=prof-edit-edit-public_profile