I would like to call to your attention it’s a good idea to periodically check your old tweets, links where your books are posted and other things pertaining your books from time to time because by accident, I discovered one of mine was directing people elsewhere away from my writings, blogs, and books.
The tiny url was put out by a personal assistant I hired two years ago was what came up with a warning of “Do not Proceed.” I try to keep tab on all my urls but it’s impossible to control each and every one of them.
No, I don’t believe the PA was responsible. For all others work just fine. Had they done it. They would’ve redirected all of them not just one or two. But only one was found to be alternated.
I tell ya, people screw with my books, links and URLs an awful lot for they to be long, dead, need professional editing, have horrible covers and dread awful as some have said they are. But their sleuth, underhanded actions tell me and many others otherwise. People don’t screw with anything possessing those poor qualities.
A friend of mines worked his way around it and found out it wasn’t a illegitimate security warning but just one someone attached to my tiny URL to warn people away from my books. He replaces it with a new, legitimate one.
I knew the book world was competitive but that’s a new low. He explained it’s called “Tweet Hijacking”
He also recommended that authors check for word scrabblers which is a malware that scrambler your words as you load them down from your computer to the E-book formation. It leaves gaps and spaces in the book or omit words which is why sometimes the E-book of some writers are so different from the physical books. Physical books are sent on more secured formation.
He also said change your Tweeter password at least once a month or so if you use it regularly.
Gosh, as if you already didn’t have enough to do simply marketing your books. Now, you gotta safe guard your tweets, too. What will they do not? Fly over your house and drop flyers from a plane. These are people who really don’t have enough to do.