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Wattpad and the Unpublished Author Hell-Bent on Being Published – Part 1

For the unpublished author truly serious about publishing their first novel (the category I fall into at the time of writing this), is posting some or all of your yet-to-be-published work on Wattpad a good idea? And what are the downsides?

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5 Ways Computer Hackers Remain Anonymous

The hacker characters in my upcoming cybercrime thriller Invasion of Privacy are incredibly secretive of their real world identities. This is because they are engaging in illegal activities online or actions that would put their life at risk. One has set up an illegal money spinning website that hacks IP webcams in private homes and broadcasts the live feeds. Another exposes zero-day attacks used by Eastern European malware gangs and cannot afford for them to track him down in the real world. Another, works for . . . err sorry, too many plot spoilers, must stop there.

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The Indie Author’s Second Responsibility to Their Readers

The first responsibility any author has to their readers is obvious: write and publish a great book. That means it should be well written and if you’re an indie author it should be professionally packaged (i.e. good cover, compelling blurb and have been through a proper copy-edit).

The second responsibility an indie author has to their readers is to engage with them. Engagement means striking up two-way conversations with readers and potential readers. Read More

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Lessons Indie Authors Can Learn From Single-Estate Winemakers

I just bought a bottle of wine solely based on its label. According to old guard wine connoisseurs I’ve just committed a major faux pas.
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3 reasons why Stornoway is currently a focal point for UK crime fiction

Has Stornoway – most famous as the town displayed at the top of the BBC weather map (usually covered in clouds) and the capital of the islands of the Outer Hebrides just off the west coast of Scotland — suddenly become a focal point for the crime fiction genre? And either way, why the hell am I writing a blog post about it? Read More

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Is Ethical Hacking Actually Ethical or even Legal?

There are three main generally accepted categories of hacker, each represented by a hat of a different colour: white, grey and black. All of them exploit weaknesses in computer systems and networks. The differences between them are their motivations. The most infamous are the black hat hackers, computer criminals epitomised by Hollywood, whose malicious activities serve their own ends ranging from financial gain to simply causing chaos. White hat hackers are usually those that carry out their craft with no apparent criminal intention in mind. And grey hats sit somewhere in the middle, often hacking into a system just to prove they can, but afterwards usually notifying the vendor or owner of the weakness.

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Sunday Express Newspaper Mentions Indie Author Ian Sutherland in Feature Story About How eBooks Have Changed Publishing

Last week, I attended London Book Fair for the second time. The first was two years ago before I’d finished writing my debut novel. Read More

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Launched Today! Advanced Twitter Strategies for Authors by Ian H Sutherland

At last, today is April 14th which means my first non-fiction book is finally published. It’s called Advanced Twitter Strategies for Authors: Twitter techniques to help you sell your book – in under 15 minutes a day!

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7 Things You Don’t Know About Me as a Writer

Lately on Facebook, writers have been tagging each other to prompt them to write ‘seven things you don’t know about me as a writer’. I was tagged by two authors, Catriona Troth and Philippa Rees and so I duly wrote my post on Facebook. I thought I reproduce it here on my blog as well! Read More

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Attending A Book Group to Discuss My Debut Novel

Ian 3-1I was kindly invited to attend the Canada Life (UK) Book Group a few weeks ago. Formed three months ago, my debut was their third novel after Donna Tart’s The Goldfinch and Markus Zusak’s The Book Thief. The bar had indeed been set very high. Read More

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Just reviewed another excellent read – Invasion of Privacy by Ian Sutherland

A great 5★ review for Invasion of Privacy on Shirley Ford’s well regard book review blog! Nice to be in the same company as one of my favourite authors, Mark Billingham!

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Invasion of Privacy (A Brody Taylor Thriller, #1)Invasion of Privacy by Ian Sutherland
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

The novella – Social Engineer – introducing us to Brody Taylor was excellent, and this full-length novel has done its prequel justice. What an exciting story, I couldn’t put it down! It highlights computer hacking at its best and worst. Murders are being committed and the police are searching for connections. Meanwhile Brody has risen to the challenge to hack into a webcam web site. It is an ego trip for him; he is the best and has to prove it. He suddenly finds himself in the middle of the murder investigation and offers his assistance to DI Jenny Price. He is drawn both to her and to helping her solve the crimes and realises that it isn’t all about his ego. It is a complicated story with lots of technical detail, but explained in such a way…

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Why I’m Dropping out of Amazon KDP Select

I’m delighted to announce that my debut novel, INVASION OF PRIVACY, is now available on all major eBook retailers!

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Social Engineer by Ian Sutherland – a pleasure to review!

A great review of Social Engineer, thanks to Shirley Ford! I look forward to her review of Invasion of Privacy, which she’s now bought after getting hooked on Brody Taylor, the eponymous social engineer.

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Social Engineer (Deep Web Thriller, #0)Social Engineer by Ian Sutherland
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

If I was flicking through a list of books to pay for and download I probably wouldn’t have chosen this book, but because I had been offered a free copy I read it and I am so glad I did, it was a really good story, had me hooked right from the beginning. The story is about Brody Taylor, a social engineer – or white hacker – a specialist in his field, employed by companies to check whether their systems are safe from ‘black’ hackers. Brody points out all the ways in which hackers can infiltrate the company’s computer systems, and then shows them how to make improvements and safeguard their information. The latest company employing his expertise is researching an Alzheimer’s prevention drug. It is about two years from being released and the company are using monkeys in…

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Acres of Ink: Book Review of Invasion of Privacy

IMG_3113_edit2Fantasy author K.F. Goodacre has written an in-depth review of Invasion of Privacy on her Acres of Ink website, awarding it 4 stars. Kim’s conclusion:

Verdict: Meticulously planned and expertly executed, this is a thriller for the modern age. Recommended reading!

Ian Sutherland’s debut thriller is an excellent example of the genre: a meticulously planned and produced novel with engaging characters, and the right amount of knuckle-whitening suspense.

You can read the full review here.

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Book Review: “Social Engineer” by Ian Sutherland

Thanks for the wonderful review of Social Engineer, Dan.

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Advanced Twitter Strategies for Authors – Available for Pre-Order

Anyone who follows me on Twitter will have noticed that I’m incredibly active on the platform. That’s because I spend all my time Tweeting soundbites rather than writing the next book. It’s by far the world’s best procrastination tool. If Shakespeare’s Hamlet was alive today, I bet he would procrastinate publicly on Twitter rather than mope about Elsinore Castle. Go look at my Twitter profile (@iansuth) and you’ll see I’m on it 24/7.
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