Hi you guys,
So recently, a lot of writer, author, blogger, and book reviewers have had problems with WordPress shutting their blogs down. Per our terms of agreement, apparently we aren’t allowed to post third-party links (even though WP gives us that option).
This means, as an author, if I link to my books on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Kobo, Goodreads, etc … I may be seen as breeching this agreement.
It also means that if I promote a fellow author, which I do often, and include links to their books, it might be seen as a violation.
If I post music videos (something else I do A LOT), I might be breaking contract.
Other book review blogs were shut down over the weekend for linking to external sites like Goodreads.
Several of them.
As with some of my fellow authors, I’m letting you all know this is happening. If you click on my blog at some point, and it’s gone, it wasn’t me.
If you are subscribed through WordPress to get new post notifications (A LOT of you are) that service will obviously end. If you are subscribed through email, you’ll be fine, since I can forward the new blog I’ll create on a different site if mine gets shut down.
If you are subscribed to my newsletter. You will get updates there to all Fire Born related posts still.
IF this happens, I will post updates to my new site’s whereabouts on my Facebook Page (in my footer), on Twitter (@laneymcmann), and on my website at laneymcmann.weebly.com. Hopefully it won’t come to this.
Writers/authors/reviewers are a community that depend on one another to get the word out about upcoming books, reviews, blog tours, writing tips … the list goes on. We work really hard at what we do (it isn’t only writing books) and we depend on sites like WordPress to support those endeavors.
I’ve been with WordPress for over four years, and I have a ton of posts, both writerly, authorly (be quiet, it’s a word), and musically, so getting shut down would be a big hit, but I’ll deal if it comes to that.
Thanks to all the subscribers, you guys rock.
*** To any author/writer/reviewer who would like to read more in detail, go to JennyKellerFord.wordpress.com. She has two posts dedicated to this topic, one of which tells how to back up all of your content. I’d give you the links, but you know ….
Thank you, Jenny for all the alerts.
***** Also, I have a author spotlight post promoting Terry Rochenski’s sequel to Eye of the Soul, which is scheduled to go live tomorrow. If it doesn’t for some reason, please check out her new book!