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BlueLucario
04-13-2009, 05:03 PM
CURRENTLY EDITING FOR READABILITY. PLEASE FORGIVE ME FOR THE BAD FORMAT/


Last night I read an email written by a publicist. Thought you might like to read it. Just reading this had me thinking a lot. What I really want for my book is attention, and I'd do almost anything to get it. I don't really care if my book is bestseller or not.


You probably want as many people to know about your business,
product, movie, book, poem or short story so if you have ever
thought about reaching a worldwide audience on Oprah, now is the
time.

However, you do not have to be a famous author or celebrity to
be a guest on the number one TV talk show for the last 10 years.

Read further to find out how you can become famous by being on
her show.

You might be thinking why would Oprah talk to me, since I am not
a famous celebrity or I have not done anything important.
Well, I have wonderful news for you.

In the next few minutes I will show you how to promote your
book, poems, short stories, etc. on The Oprah Winfrey Show
because I'm one of the top PR experts on the planet.

You can get on Oprah even if you are not a household name.
Dozens of unknown authors and guests have gotten on her show.
They did it by hiring a $5,000 per month publicist.

Let me tell you that having a publicist is great but it's not
the only way to get publicity.

Why would Oprah be interested in you?

Well, actually she is not. She is interested in attracting more
viewers. The more viewers that turn on their TV and watch her
show means more money in her pocket.
I have read stories about unknown authors selling one million
books after one appearance. Oprah has tens of millions of
viewers.
Okay. Now let us get you booked on the Queen of Talk. All you
have to do is go to www.oprah.com (http://www.oprah.com) and about half way down her
site is a link that says, Share Your Story/Be on the Show.

Click on this link and you will be taken to a dozen or
so upcoming stories that they need guests for.
Once producers read your profile...and if... they are interested
they will call you and send you their FEDEX account number and
request your press kit and book.

Since you don't have a relationship with TV producers this is
the absolute best way to go.

It's much easier to tie your story or book into a topic they are
covering then to try and pitch your book.

Let's face it. About 10,000 other authors are going to Oprah's
site everyday so it's hard (but not impossible) to get on her
show that way but at least a producer's assistant will read your
profile.

Out of all the books published each year most will lose the
author or publisher lots of money i.e. expenses for printing,
editing, binding, proofing, distribution, etc. can ruin a good
book even before it gets finished.

Here is Another $1 Million Dollar Secret Most Authors
Do not Know!

I really can not believe that I am sharing this highly-guarded
secret with you. Anyway, here it is.

A few years ago I had a client who wrote a book on fraud and
identity theft. Well, he got a few interviews and he sold a few
books.

But, after really talking to him I discovered that he grew up
with 6 sisters and his family had only one bathroom.

He jokingly said that he can count the times on one hand that he
was able to use the bathroom.

We pitched women magazines, parenting magazines, gossip columns
and he sold a ton of books. Why?

Most of these publications didn't care about his book on
fraud yet they wanted to hear his stories about growing up.
And during the interview he would talk about his book and since
the listeners laughed and felt good they bought from him.
People are going to buy your personality as much as they will
buy your book.

If you come across as warm, personable, and loving you can write
a book about aliens and make it a bestseller.
As you probably know people buy things for emotional reasons.
I would bet that 90% of the people who bought his book weren't
concerned about fraud.

Don't get me wrong...you can get publicity based on your book
but if that's all you rely on you will leave tons of money on
the table and be stuck with boxes of unsold books.

Believe me I know.

It seems as though every celebrity, Fortune 500 CEO, and athlete
has written a book and their $5,000 a month publicists are
making sure that they are on the front page and evening talk
shows everyday.

You see, the dirty secret in PR is your success is based on
relationships. If a book reviewer or editor does not know you
they will not spend time with you.

I have reporters and journalists who write about my clients
because they owe me favors. Why do they owe me favors? ( I can
not believe that I told you this.)

Maybe I provided a last minute guest. Maybe I submitted a great
article and met their deadline. The bottom line in this industry
is one hand washes the other. Period!

Have you ever wondered why you can not crack the code and get
major publicity? I am not talking about an interview in
Boonville, AR where only cows will hear you talk about your
book.

I am talking about Fox News, OReilly Factor, CNN, 20/20, 700
Club, USA Today, Essence, Woman's World, and others.
My clients have gotten interest from all of these media. And
they sell a truckload of books.

This is a roadmap to success. Find a few topics that interest
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Since I don't have any money, and I have an unfinished book to think about, I thought I'd pass it on to someone else. What would you guys think? Would you be interested in publicity on your book?

Haggis
04-13-2009, 05:07 PM
I think I'd run away in the other direction as quickly as possible.

Siddow
04-13-2009, 05:09 PM
Mahesh Grossman?

SPAM

Devil Ledbetter
04-13-2009, 05:09 PM
Blue, money flows to the author. This publicist is looking for a fool to pay him $5,000/mo. with no guarantee (or even likelyhood) that he can get them a spot on Oprah.


I'm one of the top PR experts on the planet.The top PR expert "on the planet" is not spamming for rubes, I assure you.

scarletpeaches
04-13-2009, 05:09 PM
Much as I hate to agree with Haggis, I agree with Haggis.

Ack. Now I feel dirty.

STOP HUMPING MY LEG YA DAMN FREAK!!

Phaeal
04-13-2009, 05:11 PM
I'd ask why, if this guy is so good, he needs to send out spam of this nature.

JJ Cooper
04-13-2009, 05:11 PM
So many 'red flags' in that email that I don't know where to start.

And no, he can't put your book on Oprah. He told you how you may be able to (which anyone on the planet can if they have internet access).

JJ

BlueLucario
04-13-2009, 05:11 PM
I'm lucky I don't have that kind of money. -.-

And leave poor Haggis alone.

DeadlyAccurate
04-13-2009, 05:12 PM
They're contacting--out of the blue--a writer who doesn't even have a finished book, let alone a publishing contract in hand.

They're making bold claims that have no verifiable facts. (Free exposure on Oprah? That could mean one of their clients was in the studio audience).

Sounds like nothing more than spam to me. My advice is to delete and ignore.

Bubastes
04-13-2009, 05:13 PM
What Haggis said. I'd run. Fast.


What I really want for my book is attention, and I'd do almost anything to get it.


That makes you an easy target for scam artists. They know that the more you want the dream they're selling, the more money you're willing to pay.

maestrowork
04-13-2009, 05:15 PM
Like Devil said, top publicists are not spamming on the Internet for rubes. You can't even get on their client lists.


Run away fast.

BlueLucario
04-13-2009, 05:25 PM
I'm sitting here wondering where all these spam emails came from. :e2shrug:

Lol. I would have fell into the scam if I wasn't flat broke.

scarletpeaches
04-13-2009, 05:29 PM
I'm sitting here wondering where all these spam emails came from. :e2shrug:

Spamlandia.


Lol. I would have fell into the scam if I wasn't flat broke. How does a writer come into contact with a publicist?

First of all, they write a book...

CACTUSWENDY
04-13-2009, 05:32 PM
SPAM....SPAM.....SPAM.

Carry on.....

heyyou229
04-13-2009, 05:37 PM
No way! run as far as you can! sounds like a scam.

besides getting on Oprah to promote your book, in my opinion, is not such a hot idea.

benbradley
04-13-2009, 05:52 PM
No. He SAYS he can put your book on Oprah.

Also, this was apparently an UNSOLICITED EMAIL. Was this sent to you? Do you have any clue how he got your email address?

There are many copies of this guy's crap on the Web (http://www.google.com/search?q=%22You+probably+want+as+many+people+to+kn ow+about+your+business&hl=en&client=firefox-a&rls=org.mozilla:en-US:official&start=0&sa=N&filter=0).

By searching a different phrase, I got to this thread on another forum. It's over four years old, but:
http://forums.writersweekly.com/viewtopic.php?t=4060
if that's any indication, the guy has his name or something on Google Alerts, we can expect the guy to show up in this thread or PM me and/or MacAllister demanding my post or this thread be deleted. Cook your popcorn, folks...

And Haggis, please don't hold back, tell us all how you REALLY feel...

CaroGirl
04-13-2009, 05:53 PM
You probably want as many people to know about your business, product, movie, book, poem or short story so if you have ever thought about reaching a worldwide audience on Oprah, now is the time.
Or sculpture, painting, graffito, homemade cheeseball, paperclip collection, hole you dug in your backyard, and so on. How could you believe this was legitimate? It's time to arm yourself against your own naivete so you don't fall victim to scams. Keep in mind the adage: if it seems too good to be true, it probably is. Although paying this dude to promote my personal homemade cheeseball collection on Oprah hardly feels too good to be true.

Get a good spam filter and if anything comes through unsolicited from someone you don't know, delete it immediately and without prejudice.

Kathleen42
04-13-2009, 05:56 PM
This reeks of scam and spam. If he can't even be bothered to personalize a letter, how can he get something on Oprah?

KikiteNeko
04-13-2009, 06:03 PM
Whoohoo, a scam!

Eric San Juan
04-13-2009, 06:05 PM
There are so many red flags in that email you could sew on some buttons, give them muskets and call it the British Army.

euclid
04-13-2009, 06:32 PM
... Keep in mind the adage: if it seems too good to be true, it probably is.

I disagree.

I would say: If it sounds too good to be true, it is.

I bet this guy has a cousin in Nigeria - you know the chap whose uncle died leaving a mountain of money in an old bank account...........

Ken
04-13-2009, 06:44 PM
What I really want for my book is attention...

... keep editing it till it shines and it will get that attention! :-)

NeuroFizz
04-13-2009, 06:53 PM
My, my, my said the spider to the fly
jump right ahead in my web...


*contains slight changes to original Rolling Stones song lyrics

CaroGirl
04-13-2009, 06:57 PM
I disagree.

I would say: If it sounds too good to be true, it is.

Yes. Much more succinct. Thank you.

BlueLucario
04-13-2009, 07:01 PM
No. He SAYS he can put your book on Oprah.

Also, this was apparently an UNSOLICITED EMAIL. Was this sent to you? Do you have any clue how he got your email address?

...
This was sent to my inbox this week, and I came across this last night while reading AW subscription threads at 3am.

I have NO idea how this guy got my email, and I have absolutely no clue where all the spam came from.

Would this guy threaten to sue if he came here reading this?

Cyia
04-13-2009, 07:04 PM
Run. Away.

(Though pasting the whole thing with a into the "contact" area on Oprah's site might not be a bad idea. Those scam letters pop up a lot, and they can change from time to time. Whoever reads her mail might not have read that one yet.)


ETA:

Out of all the books published each year most will lose the
author or publisher lots of money i.e. expenses for printing,
editing, binding, proofing, distribution, etc. can ruin a good
book even before it gets finished.

*screams*

No, your book will NOT lose you money unless you're paying for it to be published, didn't get an advance, and then have to buy your own copies to re-sell. The only way to ruin a good book before it's finished is to not finish it... in which case it was never a good book

KikiteNeko
04-13-2009, 07:05 PM
This was sent to my inbox this week, and I came across this last night while reading AW subscription threads at 3am.

I have NO idea how this guy got my email, and I have absolutely no clue where all the spam came from.

Would this guy threaten to sue if he came here reading this?

You can never be sure how scammers get your email. I'm surprised anyone ever thinks these things are real...

BlueLucario
04-13-2009, 07:13 PM
I'm surprised anyone ever thinks these things are real...
*hides in my turtle shell*
I did, for a few minutes.

stormie
04-13-2009, 07:15 PM
This was sent to my inbox this week, and I came across this last night while reading AW subscription threads at 3am.

I have NO idea how this guy got my email, and I have absolutely no clue where all the spam came from.

Would this guy threaten to sue if he came here reading this?
Very doubtful. If he wants to, he can post a reply here. You were just asking a question. We responded.

BlueLucario
04-13-2009, 07:16 PM
No, your book will NOT lose you money unless you're paying for it to be published, didn't get an advance, and then have to buy your own copies to re-sell. The only way to ruin a good book before it's finished is to not finish it... in which case it was never a good book
Eww. I didn't notice that part.

brainstorm77
04-13-2009, 07:26 PM
CURRENTLY EDITING FOR READABILITY. PLEASE FORGIVE ME FOR THE BAD FORMAT/


Last night I read an email written by a publicist. Thought you might like to read it. Just reading this had me thinking a lot. What I really want for my book is attention, and I'd do almost anything to get it. I don't really care if my book is bestseller or not.



Since I don't have any money, and I have an unfinished book to think about, I thought I'd pass it on to someone else. What would you guys think? Would you be interested in publicity on your book?

I would run the other way.....

Sirion
04-13-2009, 07:30 PM
If it looks to good to be true....

Prozyan
04-13-2009, 07:59 PM
Would this guy threaten to sue if he came here reading this?

What the hell would he sue for?

Pagey's_Girl
04-13-2009, 08:05 PM
There are so many red flags in that email you could sew on some buttons, give them muskets and call it the British Army.

I read "muskets" as "muskrats." I think I need to get my contact lens prescription checked.

I get similar ones from time to time, but my spam filter usually catches them.

brainstorm77
04-13-2009, 08:08 PM
Muskrats:roll: I can only wear contacts for short periods of time. :)

Phaeal
04-13-2009, 08:24 PM
Who dared to accuse the British Army of using muskrats? This is just another example of American ignorance. The British Army has been using nothing but hedgehogs since Parliament enacted the Spiky Pete Act of 1764.

dancingandflying
04-13-2009, 08:30 PM
Yep. Run away. As far and as fast as you can.

d&f.

BlueLucario
04-13-2009, 08:41 PM
What the hell would he sue for?
Defamation of Character?

Soccer Mom
04-13-2009, 08:43 PM
You haven't defamed his character by posting unsolicited emails sent to your account. Stop fretting and keep that imaginary 5K in your pocket.

BlueLucario
04-13-2009, 08:44 PM
You haven't defamed his character by posting unsolicited emails sent to your account. Stop fretting and keep that imaginary 5K in your pocket.
No, I'm not fretting. I just read a link posted somewhere in this thread saying there's a chance this guy could sue.

Hold on while I find it.

ETA

This spammer just sent me a cease and desist by email, saying I have 24 hours to remove the negative comments or he'd pass this matter on to his attorney.

KikiteNeko
04-13-2009, 08:46 PM
No, I'm not fretting. I just read a link posted somewhere in this thread saying there's a chance this guy could sue.

Hold on while I find it.

If you spent half as much time writing as you do worrying about nonsense, you might have a bestseller by now...

Williebee
04-13-2009, 09:02 PM
Would this guy threaten to sue if he came here reading this?

Blue- I'm going to sue you, because my carpal tunnel kicked in when I scrolled the mouse past your post. YOU injured me. OH, and I lost a contact and had to use the cost of another one to read your thread. You're going to be hearing from a lawyer!!!

Point is this. ANYBODY can threaten to sue ANYBODY else, over whatever the hell they want to. And, if they are willing to pay enough money, they'll find a lawyer willing to do the paperwork to file a suit. (If someone was willing to pay whatever price you named, to write a dozen pages of troll porn, would you write troll porn?) Ok, maybe you wouldn't, but there are writers who would. Do you see my point?

Climb into your story, follow and write it until it is done, then edit and follow it again. Then worry about the other stuff. Because SPAM like this is just getting in your way.

:)

Medievalist
04-13-2009, 09:10 PM
Blue

This is a not the way it works.

If it's too good to be true, and written in really poor English . . .

Run away.

BlueLucario
04-13-2009, 09:15 PM
Blue

This is a not the way it works.

If it's too good to be true, and written in really poor English . . .

Run away.

Poor english? o.o?

I just ran away.

benbradley
04-13-2009, 09:15 PM
This was sent to my inbox this week, and I came across this last night while reading AW subscription threads at 3am.

I have NO idea how this guy got my email, and I have absolutely no clue where all the spam came from.

Would this guy threaten to sue if he came here reading this?
Yes, he might "threaten to sue" as he apparently did in this text from the earlier link I posted:

This spammer just sent me a cease and desist by email, saying I have 24 hours to remove the negative comments or he'd pass this matter on to his attorney.

Here's my response:

Below is the spam you sent to me this week. You are a spammer.
In spamming me and others, you violated U.S. and Maine law.
Don't contact me again.

Angela Hoy That's the only such statement I found, it's four years ago, so perhaps "Robert Smith & Associates PR (aka "PR Doctor")" doesn't bother using Google Alerts to look for his name and threads like this anymore. But we'll see, it wouldn't be the first time I have been threatened with legal action.

Very doubtful. If he wants to, he can post a reply here. You were just asking a question. We responded.
And I even responded that this guy, "Robert Smith & Associates PR (aka "PR Doctor")", is a SCUMBAG. There, I said it.

What the hell would he sue for?
Maybe some sort of defamation of character BS, I don't think he really would, he was only threatening to sue four years ago, and that was apparently only an indirect reference: "pass this matter on to his attorney." Any decent attorney would tell him "Don't harass people on the Net who call you a scumbag. You're better off quitting this charge-up-front PR crap and finding honest work" then charge him $125 for the advice.

*hides in my turtle shell*
I did, for a few minutes.
That's another thing, learn the signs of scams. I've always been suspicious (and a tightwad) so I didn't fall into anything when I was younger, but my cynicism and net.experience has taught me so much about BS ... perhaps I should write a book about it, but I don't know where to start. And there's already a popular book named "On Bullshit" but it's not even about spam and cons, I think it's more about BS in everyday business.

Bubastes
04-13-2009, 09:20 PM
You're wasting your energy worrying about things that don't help your writing, Blue.

BardSkye
04-13-2009, 09:28 PM
*hides in my turtle shell*
I did, for a few minutes.

But give yourself credit, Blue. You came here and checked it before they got your money. You're already 'way ahead of lots of people.

CaroGirl
04-13-2009, 09:41 PM
But give yourself credit, Blue. You came here and checked it before they got your money. You're already 'way ahead of lots of people.
And that is why these spammers continue to proliferate on the net. *sigh* Go away foul spammer.

maestrowork
04-13-2009, 09:44 PM
I can get you on Oprah. Send me $5000 now. I will email you whatever you need to know. Guaranteed.

If you send money within the next 15 minutes, I'll even throw in a T-shirt that you can wear on the Oprah Show.

stormie
04-13-2009, 09:44 PM
But give yourself credit, Blue. You came here and checked it before they got your money. You're already 'way ahead of lots of people.
Yep. And maybe by posting this email, blue, you're helping someone else.

Mr Flibble
04-13-2009, 09:50 PM
That's another thing, learn the signs of scams.

Scammers often try to sell you things you don't need. ALWAYS ask yourself why you would need to pay for what they are offering.

Take this one for example.

He's offering to sell you PR for your book. Why do you need it? - it isn't finished, so he has nothing to promote

If it was finished, you don't have a publisher, so he's till not got anything to promote

If you did have a publisher.....They'll be doing your PR for free (and paying you for your book too!), so you STILL don't need him. You MAY want to do extra PR, but you'd work with your publisher or on recommendation, not some random guy on the net

Money flows TO the author. Never forget it.

As I told a lovely spammer last week, who e-mailed me on the addy linked to my site, saying for only 300 I could have a great cover for my book. I mailed him back, saying if he wasn't a spammer he would have noticed I already HAVE a cover for my book and it's all over my website. Which if he wasn't apamming he might have noticed...And I didn't pay a penny for it, because the publisher pays ofr it, and I get paid for my book - I don't pay other people for it :D

BlueLucario
04-13-2009, 09:54 PM
If you did have a publisher.....They'll be doing your PR for free (and paying you for your book too!), so you STILL don't need him. You MAY want to do extra PR, but you'd work with your publisher or on recommendation, not some random guy on the net

Money flows TO the author. Never forget it.

:D
Lol. I forgot about that.
Thanks Julie!

BlueLucario
04-14-2009, 03:34 AM
No. He SAYS he can put your book on Oprah.

Also, this was apparently an UNSOLICITED EMAIL. Was this sent to you? Do you have any clue how he got your email address?

There are many copies of this guy's crap on the Web (http://www.google.com/search?q=%22You+probably+want+as+many+people+to+kn ow+about+your+business&hl=en&client=firefox-a&rls=org.mozilla:en-US:official&start=0&sa=N&filter=0).

..
And I noticed that the site locations were all the same.

Momento Mori
04-14-2009, 03:44 AM
Blue - if this spammer turns around and threatens to sue you for defamation, point out to them that even in the US there's a little process called "discovery" and under "discovery" you can find out just how many books the spammer has managed to get put on Oprah and how many books the spammer has publicised that have turned into bestsellers and how many books the spammer has publicised that saw a verifiable increase in sales. Then suggest that his attorney advise him on the laws of harassment and the laws regarding spam, including the very large, very nasty punitive damages that can be levied against persistent spammers. Conclude by requesting that the spammer delete you from his address book because if you ever hear from him again, you will be contacting the relevant authorities and provide them with copies of all correspondence to date, and the spammer definitely won't like it when they get involved.

Now get back to writing and stop worrying about this shit.

MM

Matera the Mad
04-14-2009, 05:30 AM
Blue, babe, that is some of the sorriest, sickest, scummiest scammy spam I have ever read. The Internet is full of it. Delete anything like it. And get a new e-mail account that you can protect from spamming pigs like that so that you have something to use for submissions and other decent business.

Nivarion
04-14-2009, 06:34 PM
aye, and don't email your contacts your new address through your email old email, if they have a monitor in your box they can find your new one just as easy.

Darzian
04-14-2009, 06:58 PM
Yep. And maybe by posting this email, blue, you're helping someone else.

Very true. Too many people are unaware of spam. The only way to beat these things to is increase awareness so that nobody falls prey to the scammers.

Eric San Juan
04-14-2009, 06:59 PM
I read "muskets" as "muskrats." I think I need to get my contact lens prescription checked.
Had the Hessians been armed with muskrats instead of those useless muskets, no doubt Washington's famed sneak attack at Trenton would have been an utter failure.

williemeikle
04-14-2009, 07:13 PM
Who dared to accuse the British Army of using muskrats? This is just another example of American ignorance. The British Army has been using nothing but hedgehogs since Parliament enacted the Spiky Pete Act of 1764.

Actually the current government repealed the Spiky Pete act of 1764. Health and Safety officers argued that hedgehogs were too dangerous for troops to be handling on a daily basis on the grounds that they were, in fact, spiky.

Since July of last year troops have been getting trained in the use of hamsters, although there are concerns that gnawing may be a problem, and a study group are currently considering the use of moles.

ChaosTitan
04-14-2009, 07:38 PM
This reminds me of a letter I received from a "literary agent" back when I was still in college. I don't remember the details of the letter, just that after I got over the initial "OMG, an agent contacted ME!" moment, I smelled a rat. I wasn't published. Who was this guy?

At the time, I'd signed up to receive a couple of POD newsletters (young and uninformed, that was me), so that's probably how this yutz got my info. He smelled easy prey. I didn't have AW back then, but thank God I had enough common sense to realize that legit lit agents don't just contact unpublished writers out of the blue and offer to make them famous.

colealpaugh
04-14-2009, 10:40 PM
I can get you on Oprah. Send me $5000 now. I will email you whatever you need to know. Guaranteed.

If you send money within the next 15 minutes, I'll even throw in a T-shirt that you can wear on the Oprah Show.

If you take PayPal, I'm in.

katiemac
04-14-2009, 10:46 PM
A legitimate, top-rated publicist would never in his/her career promise to get your book on Oprah. It's damn hard to do, and the best of the best know what a long shot it is -- anyone who is unrealistic about this is running a scam. It's more common for the author to ask about Oprah than for the publicist to offer it up as an option at all.

ChaosTitan
04-15-2009, 06:33 PM
The timing of this thread amuses, because at Easter dinner on Sunday, my brother told me I should send three hundred copies of my book to the Oprah show, so she could give them out to her audience.

I just laughed and said, "If only it was that easy."

Cathy C
04-15-2009, 06:52 PM
You haven't named him (and I was sort of wondering the name). Mind you, there ARE publicists out there who could accomplish all of these things. They have the producers of shows like that on speed dial. But for fiction? That's tricky. Perhaps, if it's a hot topic (like . . . oh, a novel about Somali pirates?) But yeah, the top publicists have no need to send out advertisements. They're beating off authors with a stick.