Hello all. I just received some unsolicited email today (at my NaNoWriMo Municipal Liaison email address) from ReadMyWords.com about a contest they'll be having. ReadMyWords.com is a division of Cedar Hill Press. I followed the link, and the submission guidelines don't ring any alarm bells beyond the reading fee--and contests with reading fees are not so much all bad as they are a matter of taste and circumstance whether to bother with them.
So. I'm not seeing anything off the bat that looks bad, at least not scam bad. The only negatives appear to be the reading fee and the fact that Trina at Cedar Hill Press decided to directly email NaNoWriMo MLs about it. I really don't like spammers asking me to deliver their message to my troops. Buuut... the spam was well-written, personalized (if only by database insertion), and informative, so that it read more like... well, a query letter. Professional and courteous.
Anyway, for you all to peruse, and to confirm/deny any suspicions I want to have (because of the spam angle) but can't seem to keep up (because everything looks on the up-and-up)...
Originally Posted by Trina, Cedar Hill Press