Publicity Tip #15
Beware Publicity Trolls ~
There are a number of get-rich-quick scams floating around out there and it doesn’t stop with the African Prince who needs your help.
New authors are falling prey to Publicity Trolls who promise the world: for a ‘reasonable sum of money,’ and very little work on the author’s part, your book will be the splash of the social media universe for 7 days – there is usually a guarantee of 500,000 views or hits, too.
Sounds too good to be true – it is.
Don’t get sucked in. Most of these sites utilize spamming and only do email blasts to those addresses they’ve compiled of other authors who have fallen for their gimmick. If you take 5 minutes to look up their URL with the key word “fraud,” you’ll be surprised at what you find.
Recently on LinkedIn I came across a blog posting mentioning the promotional site indiewritersupport.com promising the world to new writers. I dug deeper and learned about this site’s history with Paradon Books and the promotional expert Korebe Abayomi. This sent up a red-flag for me immediately – I had been burned by Korebe/Korede before when he used “Amazon Book Club” as his borrowed platform for collecting your hard-earned $100 with the promise of sending out author info to all the book clubs associated with Amazon.com/ca. He even promised a report with links after the 7 day blitz… that never happened.
Do your research into any publicity possibility you discover, but be especially suspect of the really good deals.
I get email constantly from indiewritersupport.com. I’ve been ignoring them. Good thing.
Good stuff! Go with your gut, it’s working well for you 🙂
This is an evil scam all the way back. Look it up on whois and see the conflicting data. Judd Miller does not exist. They are selling email lists for $5 (and your email)–but delivering lists of URL’s not mails.
I can’t say anything to bad about Korede, the mastermind behind this scam and Paradon Books. See this article…. http://www.indiesunlimited.com/2013/07/30/no-paragon/
And they are gettting worse. Spread the word
Thanks for the link, Lin! Much appreciated.
Korede Abayomi is still in business, despite being reported for online fraud to the police in Great Falls, Montana, and having a warrant issued against him. I would strongly advise anyone who has paid Abayomi for services he didn’t deliver to contact the Great Falls Police, the Federal Trade Commission and the Better Business Bureau.
The surreal saga of Abayomi’s ParaDon Books can be read here:
Thanks for the added info, Julia!
My website about Abayomi and ParaDon Books: