My father emailed me today to say that they had gotten a call from a woman claiming to work at a website called "Reader's Magnet", who wanted to rep my self-published book in Germany. (Here's the website: This is dodgy on so many levels, but the first being, how on earth did they get that phone number? (I don't live in the U.S. right now, so they called my parents' home number.) She apparently gave both her name and phone extension, and my father then passed it along to me.

I ran a search, but can't find anything else on the forum. I'm also not interested, as the book is from 2008, I've moved on to other things, and I don't feel like signing up for something where I have to pay fees, but I'm really curious/concerned where they got that phone number - I haven't lived in the U.S. for five years, let alone at my parents' residence, and how would someone find that information?

The website gives me little information on their actual service fees, and it appears you have to actually submit your information to get that. I'm hoping she doesn't call them again, or else I feel I should do something to stop their calls. Has anyone else heard about this "publicity" company or gotten a cold call from them? Or does anyone have thoughts about the legitimacy of the marketing company? In any case, I thought I'd let others know that this came up.