Friday, January 25, 2008
The Boulder Pledge:
Under no circumstances will I ever purchase anything offered to me as the result of an unsolicited e-mail message. Nor will I forward chain letters, petitions, mass mailings, or virus warnings to large numbers of others. This is my contribution to the survival of the online community.
In my case, not only will I not buy books that have been spam-promoted, I will, if I've got time, run the spam through http://spamcop.net in the hope of causing grief to the spammer. I am not the only person who feels this way about being sent unsolicited commercial email by authors and publishers. "Unsolicited" means that I didn't ask for it. Yes, even if you thought I'd be interested. No, being an erotic romance author myself does not constitute an open invitation to erotic romance authors and publishers to send me advertising for their books, no matter how convinced you are that I'd love it.
Even if I was already planning to buy a book, I will not buy it if I receive spam from the publisher, author, or people working under their instructions. No, this is not a theoretical threat -- there are actually a couple of books I was going to buy, until the publisher added me to their promo mailing list without my permission. One an anthology with a couple of my friends in. Sorry, guys, not breaking the Pledge even for you.
Yes, I *am* a Grumpy Old Fart. Find another way to promote your book.