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    [Publicist] Kerry Jacobson

    I came across Kerry Jacobson's name in a FB post by a friend who shared via another person.

    According to the article, Mr. Jacobson is a con-artist. On FB, he is Kerry Jacobson; on Twitter, he is @bookgenie.

    A quick Google search turned up lots of links to a band / mucisian. Only 2 or so links pointed to an e-book and book marketing specialist.

    Mr. Jacobson claims he has helped over 200 authors (last I read) to be able to get authors (mainly independent authors) onto the NYT and Amazon bestseller lists. This statement sent up red flags for me.

    Does anyone have any insights?

    Article in question: http://kerryjacobson-scam-man.com/
    Google search: long link

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    The link to the article no longer exists. It goes to an odd page.
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    It appears to be a scam at face value. Perhaps the person who posted her experience here should contact the DA in Palm Beach County, Florida, for starters. Victoria, I'm wondering if this individual has come up on the Writer Beware radar yet?

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    I feel so bad for Victoria Danann. She did her research and still got scammed. Very sad story.
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    Can the thread title be edited to conform to room style?

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    Quote Originally Posted by JournoWriter View Post
    Can the thread title be edited to conform to room style?
    And to correct the typo?
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    I've heard from a couple of authors in the past week about this guy, and I'm collecting information for a possible blog post.

    Anyone who has had problems with Kerry Jacobson, please contact me--or if you know someone, please pass on my contact info. All information shared with Writer Beware is held in strict confidence. beware [at] sfwa.org.

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    Kerry Jacobson scam

    He claims to be a book publicist and to be able to get your book on bestseller lists. Apparently his modus operandi is to track down authors whose books are on Amazon's movers and shakers lists, friend them on FB and offer his services. He takes $$$$ and then does nothing.

    Here's one author's experience: http://kerryjacobson-scam-man.com/

    If he contacts you, run, don't walk.

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    All ready a thread in bewares: <snipped>
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    Quote Originally Posted by girlyswot View Post
    He claims to be a book publicist and to be able to get your book on bestseller lists. Apparently his modus operandi is to track down authors whose books are on Amazon's movers and shakers lists, friend them on FB and offer his services. He takes $$$$ and then does nothing.

    Here's one author's experience: http://kerryjacobson-scam-man.com/

    If he contacts you, run, don't walk.

    I just clicked on that link and WOW. I'm so sorry that author got taken for $6500 and doesn't sound like she's going to recoup it. I'm so glad she's publicizing this scammer before he takes advantage of someone else.
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    I may be thinking too small, but I cannot imagine giving someone that much money for publicity on my self-published works. For one, I wouldn't have it to give. Two, I'd need to verify testimonials with a background check. (Costs way less than what the author spent.)

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    Unfortunately, a well known author did produce a testimonial for Mr. Jacobson, and to this author's horror, that testimonial was used to allegedly induce other authors to turn over money to Mr. Jacobson. But definitely, Filigree, there aren't many indie authors who have hard cash to hand over to a publicist, even one with integrity, or the otherwise shady character this blog suggests the individual may be. There ain't no legal band-aid big enough to cover that ouchie...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Maddie View Post
    this blog
    Looks like someone had the blog taken down -- it's not on archive.org either

    I think he'll find it a bit harder to get the Writer Beware post taken down, once Victoria has the evidence together to write it.
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    I've just contacted Ms. Danann. But I don't know if or when she'll get my message. Either way, here's hoping she gets in touch with Victoria.
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    Maybe this guy is Bouncin' Bobby Fletcher's love child.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Snitchcat View Post
    I've just contacted Ms. Danann. But I don't know if or when she'll get my message. Either way, here's hoping she gets in touch with Victoria.
    On the Google-cached version of the page that I saw this morning, she was encouraging others who had problems to contact Victoria, so I think she has
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    That's good news.


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    His Author Bub site is gone (authorbub.com, FTR), and complaints stop back in March. Anyone trip over him recently?
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