Okay, so you’re going to have to indulge me a bit as I have a groan. Recently, after many, many long and tiresome months of being spammed, I have had to remove my email address from my About Leilanie Stewart Author page. I put my contact email address on that page to allow readers, or fellow bloggers, to get in touch. Instead, I have been harangued by unsolicited requests from unverified spam marketers EAGER to get my money in exchange for… I don’t know. Claiming to boost my SEO web presence? Tweeting about my books, or writing a review of one of my novels – in exchange for extorting ££ from me, of course. The bottom line is, if an unsolicited spammer contacts an author about unverified marketing services, then they need the author more than the author needs them – period. I personally never pay money for unknown promotional package services from people who may or may not do what they claim to advertise. I use trusted, tried-and-tested services to promote my books (Bargain Booksy, Awesome Gang, Crave Books, The Fussy Librarian), to gain reviews (my ARC reader team, book bloggers and Bookroar. I happily send free epub or paperback proof copies of my books in exchange for a review, but I never pay for reviews – authors shouldn’t have to – unless they are paying for editorial reviews, like Kirkus reviews, or listing ARCs on sites such as Netgalley (I haven’t used either, but I know authors who have, and who vouch for these services).
As an author, I spend my money directly on advertising on sites where people shop for books: namely sponsored ads on Amazon among others. To spend my money on anything else would be a waste of cash that I simply can’t afford.
So, there you have it, gripe over! Thanks for bearing with me, legitimate readers. Hopefully by removing my email address from my website the spammers will stop. I sincerely hope so. I also hope that genuine readers will keep contacting me, even if it’s more hassle by having to drop a comment until I can reply with my email address. Or, you can also contact me through social media, as follows. I always reply to legitimate queries, so I hope I haven’t put you off getting in touch.