Google Alerts


I just learned there's such a thing as Google Alerts. Evidently, it's a utility that can alert you whenever a key phrase, such as the title of your book, or your name, is used. I just signed up for three phrases, "Sweet Revenge," "GERTA," and "Paul West - writer."

Fascinating! In the 10 or so minutes I've been signed up I've gotten a whole bunch of responses. People are using my key phrases, but mostly for other things, not because they're discussing me or my work. In short, it's a good way to accumulate trash in your in-basket. I'll keep it up for a few days, but if it seems like it's more trash than help, I'll stop it.

We'll see.
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About Paul West

Paul West is a freelance writer and novelist. Born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area, Paul claims to be a "Prune Picker," though he now makes his home in Taylorsville, Utah.

You can follower him on Twitter: @PaulWWest

Published: Monday, August 25, 2008

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