I know, I know, some of my posts are Drs. Doom and Looms. I write them because there’s a lot of gloom and doom out there and will cause harm.
Being a writer is a rewarding journey whether one can earn a living from it or not. Therefore, I think every author should be aware that there are malicious software that will scramble or rearrange your words.
I talked about Word Scamblers Malicious Ware before and I’m mentioning it again because this year has been like none other.
It happens far more often than many would like to believe. I recommend re-reading your work after it’s posted and then checking it against your finished, edited copy. A copy that only you the author will have. If the online production is different from your copy then it has been shredded by a word rearranger. Sometimes the software will add words that are not in your original work.
I can’t explain how these malicious wares work but they exist, which is why I say check on your online contents often.
Be aware that there are some sites operate under the disguise of being a helpful agent to indie authors while fostering groups who does nothing helpful to anyone. They do nothing but deliver degrading criticism of other’s works. It’s designed to curb your readership. Scare readers away from your work. Not bring them to it as they say. These sites are often also homes to dens of hackers. They harbors hackers who troll the internet looking for anyone’s work whom they feel is safe to attack. Especially indies whom they feel do not have the recourse to fight back.
Trolling the internet is how they’re most likely to find you and your work. These people feed upon negative comments left by others. They’ll turn one negative comment into a mad feeding frenzy. They are like the bodachs in Dean Koontz’s Odd Thomas series. They feed on the pain of others. I call them Literary Bodachs. Because they feed on negativity.
Many new authors are eager for feedback on just about every thing and sometimes fall prey to these predators by a mere making a request. I think Goodreads should have left the book give-ways the way it was because it open up to many authors to these predators.
So be careful in who you ask to help you with your work. Before you request a review or beta read; Read their posts. If the moderator is snarky and in general a jerk. Leave. You want nothing to do with them. They’re going to render your hard work from here to hell. Once they peg your work they will roam the internet looking for every piece of your work in order to distort the images and/or scramble the words if they can hack the system where it is published.
This is what some people do for fun.
Please, don’t misunderstand me, there are many wonderful sites out there who don’t have hacking word scramblers for members and genuine wants to help authors. Keep looking, you will eventually stumble upon one.