Serious Writers Do Not Be Fooled by Spammers

Carol Roach By Carol Roach, 18th Jan 2015 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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This is another older article of mine, which I came across as I continue looking through my stories to publish here. Even though, the articles, are older, they still can be valuable for some people.

The need to write

I have not been on Pearlsoup. Com. much lately. First of all I am battling the effects of my illness. Since I have been taking medication for diabetes it has not been agreeing with me. I had to take time off of work because I was just too ill to work. I am happy to say that I am feeling better now and will be back at work on Monday.

Meanwhile, to stay home for me is like a jail sentence. I get very moronic when I am home. I need the stimulation of the real world. So I needed to find something to occupy my time.

I founded an e-zine, which I call Storytime Tapestry. This is an e-zine where writers can talk about their hearts desire with very little restriction. Though it is a lot of work, it certainly is paying off for me and has kept my mind away from my illness. I just love it.

The need for a website to write about fraudulent writing websites

Today I came across some value information that I think all of writers need to know. So I am sharing it here:

I subscribe to a writing e-zine devoted to providing excellence in writing, giving writing instruction and providing the latest in calls for submissions. Angela also advises where her subscribers have found abuse within the writing industry. On September 16, 2003, she posted the Hall of Shame Updates and included Copyright Infringement Hall of Shame listings under each company's name. Angela Hoy I don’t know if this ezine is still in operation in 2015.

Angel asked her subscribers, if there was a company they'd like to warn other writers about. If so they can drop by the new WritersWeekly.com Whispers and Warnings Forum, where they can post their experiences, "and read what other writers are struggling with."

How to spot a spammer

In the particular issue I was reading, she talked about her subscribers asking about online companies offering to buy their written work. The subscribers wanted to be certain that the companies were legitimate and they would be receiving a good deal. One of the websites turned out to be a book reviewer who charged a fee. The second was an online bookstore, which charged a very big up-front annual fee to list a book. Another was a website that supposedly offered the writers their own website to promote their books. Angela states that these authors were not approached; they were spammed!

The website guaranteed that ten thousand book buyers would be looking at the author's pages. It sounded too good to be true it probably is. Angela warns that if they can spam an author, they can spam an ordinary email recipient as well. She claims that most of these emails are unsolicited and would most likely be deleted without ever being read. Furthermore she states, that a company that will spam to get authors and book buyers is a firm that you do not want to be associated with.

She insists that many of these spam firms lie, telling you that you are on an opt-in list, or that in the past you dealt with one of their affiliates. If you never requested contact from them or their affiliates they have no right to contact you. This way of doing business is totally unethical. No legitimate manuscript reviewer, agent, magazine, or book publisher operates in this manner. Furthermore, the USA government is looking into ways of controlling this kind of spam.

Spammers scam email addresses by harvesting them from the Internet. Every time you send out an email to your friends and you have not BCC'd the email, you are giving the spammers an opportunity to find new victims to spam. If you happen to buy an opt-in list, you will be spamming as well. Consequently, your reputation as an author may be destroyed.

Angela Hoy provides valuable information.

How to find out if a company online writing site or agent has complaints against them

Two great sites to provide valuable information for authors looking for agents and book publishers are Writers Beware and Editors and Predators. These sites will warn you about dubious companies.

I also found that a quick peak on the Internet reveals if a company has received any major complaints. All you have to do is type in the name of the company or its representative and add the world complaint. For example, supposing I am looking up an agent by the name of Toni Smith (fictitious name), I will type in Toni Smith Complaint, if Toni Smith has any complaints, such as unsatisfied authors, government investigation into fraud etc, it will come up.

Conclusion

Our writing is our reputation, whether we write full time or we are just starting out, we do not want to jeopardize all we have worked for because of spam or spammers.

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author avatar Carol Roach
Retired therapist and author of two books, freelance writer, newsletter editor, and blogger. I write, health, mental health, women's issues, animal , celebrity, history, and SEO articles.

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author avatar Eve Sherrill York
18th Jan 2015 (#)

Very good information. Good to know.

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author avatar GenkiWorld
18th Jan 2015 (#)

i think a lot of us can identify with you and great ways to spot a spammer.

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
19th Jan 2015 (#)

Thanks for the tips - spamming is an ever present danger that makes us circumspect to move forward - siva

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