Wilkie Martin - Surviving Publication

Author of the unhuman series of addictive comedy cozy mysteries set in the Cotswolds. This documents my encounters with publishing and includes things I hope will be useful later. It also covers some local writing competitions and reviews some writing events.

Wednesday, 25 August 2010

Staying alert

I wish I'd found out about this earlier but it's never too late. With Google Alert you can get automatic notifications about new blog, website, etc, entries. When I want to keep track of what is happening at any other event, for instance a literary festival, and to see what others have made of it, then I now use Google Alert. I can even get it to tell me when sites link to my youtube videos. You just enter a set of characters giving the information you are looking for and how often you want it and Google Alert does the rest for you. Switch the Alerts off whenever you want to. Very useful.

I've also seen some recommendations that you setup random searches for any material that you put online, so you can see if anyone else is using it.

Very simple to do. If you have a blogger, google or youtube account (etc), just click on 'my account' at the top and then select google alerts and add any you want. Go to the same place to change them.

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