Friday, March 01, 2013

Scam Alert. Something Authors Don't Need to Pay For!

Just popping in today with a scam alert from my SharingwithWriters newsletter, something I do every now and then. If you'd like to never miss one, send me an e-mail with SUBSCRIBE in the subject line and I'll subscribe you myself. (-:  The address is
Scam Alert: Don’t let e-mails from people who "know" your name fool you.  The familiarity isn't love or friendship, it's more like heartless algorithms!
There is an offer going around. You get an interview you if you but pay them $30. You're so privileged! You get all kinds of wonderful benefits like a free  CD for suckering into this. Now, I’m not saying to never pay for anything. What I am saying is, don’t pay for something you can get plenty of free. Like interviews—online, on radio, or any other old way. (And these really aren't free because the interviewer gets your expertise!) Interviews should be a win-win situation and even steven. Both entities benefit. Neither host nor author pay for the opportunity they afford one another. 
Carolyn Howard-Johnson, author of This Is the Place; Harkening: A Collection of Stories Remembered; Tracings, a chapbook of poetry; and how to books for writers including the award-winning second edition of, The Frugal Book Promoter: How to get nearly free publicity on your own or by partnering with your publisher; The Frugal Editor: Put Your Best Book Forward to Avoid Humiliation and Ensure Success; and Great Little Last Minute Editing Tips for Writers . The Great First Impression Book Proposal is her newest booklet for writers. She has three FRUGAL books for retailers including A Retailer’s Guide to Frugal In-Store Promotions: How To Increase Profits and Spit in the Eyes of Economic Downturns with Thrifty Events and Sales Techniques. Some of her other blogs are, a blog where authors can recycle their favorite reviews. She also blogs at all things editing, grammar, formatting and more at The Frugal, Smart and Tuned-In Editor .

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