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galdr is not even live and I’ve got suspicious messages already on FB (obvious attempt to phish when they give me their phone number and ask me to text or call) and, this morning I received a request “to collaborate” in a comment on Instagram, followed by a request to read my messages. Because I assume most people are disinterested in nefarious activity, I checked out the message.
Here is the comment:
Okay, I don’t know why I need to see a private message, but I looked to see if it was worth “accepting” (which would lead to direct messaging, which I am disinclined to do).
And, of course, it wasn’t a collaboration at all, but an attempt to swindle me.
Okay…. Let’s get something straight, if I have to pay someone to review (“an honest and unbiased” one, I’m sure), it’s hardly a review, but a kind of payola — which is potentially illegal in some regions. And, that hardly a book collaboration, by my definition, even if the intent is honest.
I’m not doing this to out the person who did this, but to warn other writers of just how much hinky crap goes on in the artistic world. You should never have to pay someone to include your writing in an anthology, and there is zero honest reason to get charged for a review and a “featured” article, video or not.
As I told them in my comment response, I find it disingenuous to claim that paying someone to review a book is a collaboration by any stretch of the imagination. Of exactly zero surprise to me, they decided to unfollow my account on IG as soon as I pointed this out.
Be careful of supposedly well-meaning offers, my friends. The only person who benefits from this arrangement is the shyster making such offers. (HINT: At least give me links of the example pieces and not hide behind “answer message for more details”).
Unfortunately, there are 14,000 “followers” who didn’t see this for the scam it is.