Wednesday, July 09, 2008

Alert! Warning! Blurbs and Endorsements for Sale

I thought my blog subscribers and visitors should know. I just received an uninvited e-mail (SPAM?) about a new service that offers to save you the work of getting blurbs (endorsements). They will do it for you at a price.

Mmmm. Does an endorsement that you paid to get have any credibility? What if someone finds out? What if they make a big issue of it nationally when you become famous? I know it's a temptation but it's not frugal and, I don't think, very smart. Maybe not even ethical. It's not wise to fool Mother Nature--or the reading public!

I didn't check out the cost. I don't think it's a good deal at any price.

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Carolyn Howard-Johnson, author of This Is the Place; Harkening: A Collection of Stories Remembered; Tracings, a chapbook of poetry; and two how to books, The Frugal Book Promoter: How To Do What Your Publisher Won't and The Frugal Editor: Put Your Best Book Forward to Avoid Humiliation and Ensure success. She is also the author of the Amazon Short, "The Great First Impression Book Proposal." Some of her other blogs are TheNewBookReview.blogspot.com and AuthorsCoalition.blogspot.com, a blog that helps writers and publishers turn a ho-hum book fair booth into a sizzler.

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