It seemed like an innocent enough email message filtered out by my spam screening system, but in fact it’s heinous:
“I noticed you on Boulder Writers Alliance February 2003 Member Directory and thought you would be interested in publishing your writing. If you have a finished manuscript or you are in the process of writing a book, you can publish it easily and affordably with Xlibris…”
The problem is, the Boulder Writer’s Alliance explicitly prohibits this sort of sleazy tactic, not to mention the bigger problem that “Megan Gallagher, Manager, Publishing Services” should do her homework and find out that I have already been published plenty of times.
“Click here to sign up for more information and as thanks, we will automatically enter you in a contest to win free publishing service for your book. Or call 888.795.4274 today to speak with a publishing consultant, who can answer all your questions and start you on the road to publishing success.”
Ah well, at least they’re polite about it. In fact, their publishing services seem quite good, from what their Web site suggests. So why do they spam?
The real question, though, is if I asked them about having Xlibris publish a book about spam, would they appreciate the irony?
Meanwhile, it’ll be interesting to see what kind of response I get: I just forwarded the spam to James Stevens of their public relations firm, asking for an explanation of why Xlibris would need to resort to such tactics to gain new business.