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thetimucuan

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How did "Publishers' Desk" get my email address?
Posted: Oct 3, 2011 9:08 PM
 
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I received this email today:

Dear Author

You are receiving this message because we know you are a good and active author.

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And if you have already been published, congratulations! Now you can offer your work to agents and publishers all over the world.

Watch our 2-minute animation, and see how it works.

PUBLISHERS’ DESK brings together a large group of authors, publishers, and literary agents, from many countries. We have already made possible the publication of over a thousand works.

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And yes, we also have paid subscription plans, in case you are interested. Learn the advantages of each option and then decide.

First, this looks like a scam. Second, since I use a pen name and do not publish my personal info, like email address, how did they get my email address?

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Re: How did "Publishers' Desk" get my email address?
Posted: Oct 3, 2011 10:11 PM   in response to: thetimucuan in response to: thetimucuan
 
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[i]First, this looks like a scam[/i]

Hurry, hurry, hurry. Sign up for just $59.99 and we'll list your book on our website for one full year. We don't do anything else, but the price is cheap. Hurry, hurry, hurry!
;-)

Who knows how scammers get email addresses. But that's their business so they have their ways.

podrod

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Re: How did "Publishers' Desk" get my email address?
Posted: Oct 4, 2011 2:16 AM   in response to: scribblr in response to: scribblr
 
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First, this looks like a scam. Second, since I use a pen name and do not publish my personal info, like email address, how did they get my email address? <<

Have you published a press release regarding your book? Depending on the service you use, you email address may be sent as a contact point to anyone your press release is sent to.

Just a thought...

Rod.
plsenteranother...

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Re: How did "Publishers' Desk" get my email address?
Posted: Oct 4, 2011 2:45 AM   in response to: thetimucuan in response to: thetimucuan
 
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Did you buy an ISBN from Bowker? Did you register your copyright with the Copyright Office? If the latter, you should be getting a letter in the mail from the CO with your registration number.

They most likely got your contact info from one of these places.
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Re: How did "Publishers' Desk" get my email address?
Posted: Oct 4, 2011 5:09 AM   in response to: podrod in response to: podrod
 
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Nope.
thetimucuan

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Re: How did "Publishers' Desk" get my email address?
Posted: Oct 4, 2011 5:09 AM   in response to: plsenteranother... in response to: plsenteranother...
 
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Nope.
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Re: How did "Publishers' Desk" get my email address?
Posted: Oct 4, 2011 7:31 AM   in response to: thetimucuan in response to: thetimucuan
 
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As with most spam, they probably just used the shotgun approach, and sent it out to a lot of people who might be authors, as opposed to sending it out to people who are definitely authors.

It doesn't really cost any more to send it to a million people, as opposed to a thousand. So chances are, they sent it to a million people, and you just happen to be one of the thousand for whom it seemed relevant.

For example, they obviously don't know whether or not you are already published anywhere, so they try to cover all the bases.

Of course, I feel a little bit left out, because I wasn't one of the million people who got it.

Just for fun, you should Google your own e-mail address and see whether it's possibly found anywhere on a page about writing, authors, etc.

Chances are, it's probably not exactly a "scam". They probably do provide the services they claim to provide. But they don't really claim that they're going to do very much. So for $99 or whatever they charge, I'm sure that they'll cheerfully provide the $1 in value that they promise.
drummondpd

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Re: How did "Publishers' Desk" get my email address?
Posted: Oct 4, 2011 4:47 PM   in response to: thetimucuan in response to: thetimucuan
 
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Dear friends

No, definitely not a scam. I am sorry you had this impression.

My name is Drummond and I work for Publishers’ Desk. We have been working in the publishing industry for 4 years, mainly for the Spanish language and Portuguese language markets. I am not here to promote our service, but I must say we are a serious team with a successful and honest history.

Actually I am here to apologize. We recenty sent some presentation messages – not many, and yes, to real authors – and we then realized some of them were sent without an opt-out link. We apologize for this inconvenience.
We will not monitor this forum, so if anyone here needs to talk to me, please use my name at publishersdesk.com.
Best regards to all.
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