This is a question for all those Indie authors out there (ie authors re-releasing old work and original work). Have you noticed an uptick in publishing related spam lately? Over the last two to two and a half weeks, I’ve been receiving more emails and snail mail geared for self-publishing than I have in the last three years. I don’t know if someone has trolled Amazon, B & N, and Smashwords for names or if one of the establishments have sold the info. I suppose names could’ve been looked up, but it seems odd given the nature of the info on the envelopes. I’m getting a ton of crap from small one-man/group publishers claiming to be able to help me become a bestseller. All I need to do is sign up with them or attend an online seminar, etc. (Yeah, and I have a bridge in Idaho to sell you, too.) I wouldn’t have thought anything of the uptick, but I find it odd that it occurred shortly after I re-released some of my backlist. It’s especially annoying since a lot of it is coming through the mail, claiming I’m on their mailing list. I’d love to know how I ended up there, since I NEVER sign up for mailing lists. I’ve had authors add me to their mailing lists without asking, which I find irritating to say the least, since they should know better. It’s always embarrassing having to go back and ask to be removed. But when strangers tell me I’m on their mailing list and I’ve never even heard of them or what they’re hawking, I begin to wonder just how I ended up there. Yes, Million Dollar Author Club I’m talking to you.
I’ve had an incredibly busy week and not a second of it was spent doing the work I needed to get done. It’s frustrating to say the least. Hopefully I can make up for it over the weekend. On a positive note, I’m down six pounds in five weeks. I know that’s minuscule to most folks, but for me it’s darn near a miracle. I lose weight SLOWLY and put it on super fast. Six pounds is practically light speed for me. Sad, but true. I have a long way to go, but at least the scale is FINALLY moving in the right direction. 🙂