Instant Award-Winning Author Status

Watch out for companies selling dubious services.Andy Scheer 2012
by Andy Scheer

Spam aimed at writers just keeps coming. The other morning I saw: “BECOME AN AWARD WINNING AUTHOR!”

Here’s the full pitch:

The Crafty Possum (name changed) Book Awards Contest is now open for early registration. Enter now and save up to 25%.

  • Digital e-book formats only
  • No publication date requirement
  • Five award levels
  • 75+ categories
  • Free book review with each primary category
  • Win prizes valued up to $5,000!

Use the following links for more information …

The meaning of “award-winning author” just slipped several notches. My sympathy to those who’ve earned genuine awards.

To enter that “contest” regularly costs $70 — but with the amazing discount, only $50.

To be eligible, a manuscript must be converted to an e-book format (a service Crafty Possum happens to offer for “…As Low As $299!”).

The “gold medal winner” in each category receives a passel of stuff tied to Crafty Possum’s services:

  • Eligible to win (my italics) 1 of 3 advanced e-book formatting and distribution packages from Crafty Sloth Media ($1,000 value)
  • Eligible to win 1 of 3 pro video book trailers from Crafty Slothio
  • Eligible to win 1 of 3 express author interviews on the Crafty Sloth Book Podcast on Blog Talk Radio
  • 6 months promotion in our featured book section
  • Online medal award ceremony
  • Gold digital medal for websites and e-book covers
  • Print-on-demand personalized certificate

Check your spam filters for details about prizes at the silver, bronze, wood, hay, and stubble levels.

About Andy Scheer

With more than 30 years in publishing, Andy Scheer has provided freelance editorial services since 2010. He has edited fiction and nonfiction for publishers including Moody, WinePress, and BelieversPress, as well as for clients including Dirk Cussler, McNair Wilson, DiAnn Mills, Heather Day Gilbert, and Sammy Tippit.
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