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Anyone been contacted by an Alex Pavlenko?
« on: April 20, 2017, 06:12:13 AM »
I got this email just now:


Hello,

I saw your ebook on Kindle scout. From the blurb it looks like a high quality ebook. If you are looking for some real promotion and exposure for your book, I can help. I will give your campaign an extra boost through multiple promotional campaigns. Email me if you are interested (please mention that you are looking for a Kindle scout campaign).

I also offer book promotion services for ebooks already published on Amazon Kindle.



Of course, the Nigerian prince emailed me last week too . . .


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Re: Anyone been contacted by an Alex Pavlenko?
« Reply #1 on: April 20, 2017, 06:20:00 AM »
The general rule when they're contacting you for promotion is that it's a scam. If they were good, you would have to contact them and wait in line to receive services. If they're spamming you, that's a red flag.

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Re: Anyone been contacted by an Alex Pavlenko?
« Reply #2 on: April 20, 2017, 06:37:47 AM »
I get at least one offer a week like that, emailed to my website. I keep waiting to get one from BookBub, but so far they haven't reached out.


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Re: Anyone been contacted by an Alex Pavlenko?
« Reply #3 on: April 20, 2017, 06:38:08 AM »
Spam folder = good. Like Amanda said, a good promo service doesn't need to cold call you.
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Re: Anyone been contacted by an Alex Pavlenko?
« Reply #4 on: April 20, 2017, 06:56:25 AM »
The indie publishing industry has given birth to a cottage industry of folks providing promo services, much like the California gold rush gave birth to an industry of folks providing shovels, picks, and pans.

Some providers are more aggressive than others in drumming up business.

Personally, I don't label every person who contacts me for this purpose a spammer. If he/she mail merges me into a list of 1,000 authors, each of whom receives a form letter, then yeah, it's spam. Same with manually sending out a form letter.
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Re: Anyone been contacted by an Alex Pavlenko?
« Reply #5 on: April 20, 2017, 07:05:50 AM »
I keep waiting to get one from BookBub, but so far they haven't reached out.

THAT is funny!   ;D

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Re: Anyone been contacted by an Alex Pavlenko?
« Reply #6 on: April 20, 2017, 09:01:40 AM »
(please mention that you are looking for a Kindle scout campaign).

Translation: I'm not able to keep track of which form letter I sent out to which email addresses. ;)

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Re: Anyone been contacted by an Alex Pavlenko?
« Reply #7 on: April 20, 2017, 05:32:09 PM »
I wonder if it's this guy:

https://www.upwork.com/o/profiles/users/_~016e031f4c2659ed3b/

Or the one with Hungarian books on Amazon? If so, going by the rank of the one I looked at, he doesn't do much for promoting his own books.

My feeling is, if he can promote books, where's his site? Where are his credentials? Did he give a link in the email, or just a come on? Maybe some don't see this sort of thing as scamming, but I do. I don't like cold calls on the phone, online or in person. If I need something, I'll go looking for it.
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Re: Anyone been contacted by an Alex Pavlenko?
« Reply #8 on: April 20, 2017, 07:01:22 PM »
I wonder if it's this guy:

https://www.upwork.com/o/profiles/users/_~016e031f4c2659ed3b/

Or the one with Hungarian books on Amazon? If so, going by the rank of the one I looked at, he doesn't do much for promoting his own books.

My feeling is, if he can promote books, where's his site? Where are his credentials? Did he give a link in the email, or just a come on? Maybe some don't see this sort of thing as scamming, but I do. I don't like cold calls on the phone, online or in person. If I need something, I'll go looking for it.

So you won't buy the book on how to Kill it on Kindle because the book itself only has seven reviews and is listed at #1,900,000?

FWIW, I almost always look at the promo website and see how it ranks on Alexa. Even for a $10 promo if the website isn't at least below 1 million in the US, they don't have much traffic - so how could they generate any sales? Special email list they got somewhere else?


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Re: Anyone been contacted by an Alex Pavlenko?
« Reply #9 on: April 21, 2017, 07:12:31 AM »
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So you won't buy the book on how to Kill it on Kindle because the book itself only has seven reviews and is listed at #1,900,000?

No. :D  I was born at night, but it wasn't last night. ;)

I agree about checking a site's ranking. It doesn't do any good to get the book on a list or whatever, if no one sees it. It could be free, and what would be the point? Driving traffic to someone else so they can wrangle more vict-- er, clients?

People wanting to do promotion work need to spell out what they can do, who will see it, how much it will cost. I don't know if this person told any of this to the OP, but I'm guessing not, or she'd likely have checked it out herself.
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