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    Sandpiper Publicity (formerly The Albee Agency)

    http://thealbeeagency.com/

    Claims to be "one of the nationís premier book publicity agencies."

    http://thealbeeagency.com/about-us/

    Recently busted for using fake author testimonials.

    http://whatever.scalzi.com/2012/12/0...-did-not-give/

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    It's also featured on Writer Beware: http://accrispin.blogspot.com/2012/1...ity-faked.html
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    I first saw it on Facebook today. Jeez Louise!
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    Oh dear. This is going to be a doozy.

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    This aught to get fun.
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    A nice test of that old saying about bad publicity....

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    Idiots like these remind me of the fake New Age healers I've had the pleasure of exposing. They just don't realize that, thanks to the mighty Google, many phoney claims are very easy to investigate and debunk.
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    Chuck Wendig also made a mention of this.

    http://terribleminds.com/ramble/2012...ncy-deception/
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    There's nothing one can trust on a website anymore... Everything has to be checked in outside objective sources. What makes me wonder is indeed, why would they do something like this in the age where everyone and their uncle googles themselves/their friends/their beloved authors and then has countless ways of spreading the word of a scam.
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    I got a comment on my post today: apparently, Albee ripped off much of the content from his website from another (legitimate) PR firm, and also falsely claimed that he'd worked for this firm for 10 years. Apparently many of the testimonials he used were real ones stolen from the real PR firm's site, with fictitious authors' names attached.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Calliea View Post
    What makes me wonder is indeed, why would they do something like this in the age where everyone and their uncle googles themselves/their friends/their beloved authors and then has countless ways of spreading the word of a scam.
    Because there's always someone out there who doesn't.
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    After being hastily purged and trimmed, the Testimonials page has vanished entirely. And the footer of the front page reads:

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    Given that some of the authors dispute making the statements at all, I wonder how they could be from another agency?

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    Quote Originally Posted by veinglory View Post
    Given that some of the authors dispute making the statements at all, I wonder how they could be from another agency?
    ...because they apparently changed the names. So the quoted part would be real (as in it came from somewhere), but another person said it about another place.
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    Via Writer Beware Blogs!: The Albee Agency is now Sandpiper Publicity.
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    Apparently now operating as Magnus Publicity.

    http://magnuspublicity.com/

    Here's the site that brought my attention to it http://www.thomaswictor.com/my-two-f...con-artists-2/

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    Late to the party, but I find the fake testimonial from Chuck Wendig to be particularly hilarious. Someone who's visited his blog even once is going to know that's not him talking -- he has a very distinctive voice, and that ain't it.
    "A story told, that can't be real / yet somehow must reflect the truth we feel..." -- Black Sabbath / Ronnie James Dio

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    Writer Beware's blog on Magnus: http://accrispin.blogspot.com/2014/0...-changing.html

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