Sorry for no blogs for a while but I’m still waiting for reviews and there was nothing much to report but now there is! I just had a phone call from a US number. She announced herself as Melissa Adams and wanted to promote Flight Into Darkness for me. She works for Bookwhirl (http://www.bookwhirl.com/) and they can offer everything that any self-publishing writer could need. Sounds too good to be true? Yup. I smelt a rat immediately as they put me through to a special marketing consultant who was reading from a script and it was clear that he had not read the book. As they were droning on, I googled Bookwhirl and did a bit of background reading. Then I hit on Lee Goldberg’s old blog from 2008 (http://leegoldberg.typepad.com/a_writers_life/2008/08/i-got-the-following-spam-email-from-bookwhirl-a-online-marketing-promotion-huckster-for-authors—-greetings—-i-am-jen.html) and he has an entire section devoted to this scam. Maybe they’re genuine, maybe they’re not but I told them I was only prepared to invest time, not money. I suggested that publishing and marketing companies should make their money as a percentage of the sales based on the work they do. They apparently had not heard of this innovative concept. They prefer you to give them $599 upfront.
They said they’d call me back. Not too soon I hope.
What distresses me is that the cozy old world of publication is transforming itself into a jungle with predators and scammers who just want yer money. Brave new world.
In the meantime, I now have three 5-star reviews, two on Amazon.co.uk and one on Amazon.com. The interesting thing is that the latter was left by a ‘Cristina’. Now I don’t know a Cristina, so could this be my first review by someone that doesn’t know me? Please, people…a review…a review…have pity on the starving artist…