They tell me that their editorial staff is impressed with my writing style, and other bullshit that does not impress me. They are trying to get me to use the company's services to promote an ancient, obsolete book (published in 2010 and that I am no longer interested in selling), at book fairs outside the United States.
I explained this in each call and told the women that I have other, recent, books. But, instead of further engagement that a competent salesperson should provide, I got hung up on.
This happened with "Monica," "Nancy" and other women with apparently fake names. Their script and inadequate training do not prepare them to deal with an author of multiple books. They might've generated income for themselves and their company—but they failed.
The calls persist despite my many requests to the women to remove me from their list, and an email sent to the company on 9/16 (which was not replied to).
I don't know how Your Online Publicist stays in business. From what I've observed, it deserves to go out of business!
- Its Facebook page, website and blog are out-of-date.
- Its website has horrid writing, apparently produced by someone who is not a native English speaker.
- Uppercasing is illogical, almost random.
- Centered text is amateurish and hard to read.
- Incompetence is abundant—including such bloopers as "Grabe your copies Now!" A publisher should never display such mistakes.
- On Facebook, the company indicates that it loves one of its own posts! Apparently nobody else does.
- Will anyone buy a book because they know the names and occupations of Gene Boffa's children, or what his grandchildren do in the summer? Of course not!
- Do we need to know the name of William Caudle's wife? Probably not.
She then tried to convince me of the dubious advantages of opening my own bookstore to compete with Amazon (with a link from my Facebook page!!!), and suggested that I use the company to distribute a press release to generate interest in a book.
I asked the price for distribution and I was connected to a "senior publicist" allegedly named Brian Larsen. I asked how he got my personal unlisted number. He initially lied that it was on a press release, and then said that it is in a data base of authors (extremely unlikely).
We chatted a bit more, he looked at my website, asked a few questions, and hung up on me.