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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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Re: Anyone been contacted by an Alex Pavlenko?
« Reply #10 on: May 07, 2017, 02:13:18 PM »
I got an email from him today:

"Hi,

I noticed that you were interested in getting more reviews for your book. I can offer you as many as 40 guaranteed, honest and verified reviews. I can also promote your book on social media and get you as many as 200 downloads/purchases per book. Contact me for details, thanks."

Wow, that sounds awesome! Also, I just fell off the turnip truck yesterday.

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Re: Anyone been contacted by an Alex Pavlenko?
« Reply #11 on: May 07, 2017, 03:36:20 PM »
You mean I SHOULDN'T have sent him my social security number, mother's maiden name, and left kidney?

Actually I haven't heard from him specifically but I got this email recently:

This is Albert Ortega, Senior Publishing and Marketing Consultant with LitFire Publishing.
I actually got your name and phone number from an affiliate book enthusiast who recommended your book entitled (REDACTED) published with Amazon, which they saw to be  potentially marketable. I made some online queries and I noticed that your Amazon bestseller ranking is in the millions in books. Would you be potentially interested in pushing your book's market potential and sell more books?
Here are a few examples of what other authors I've worked with in the past have done that might be helpful to you:
Xulon Press published author: http://michaeltjamesbooks.com/
Great Motivational Talks published author: http://litfire.net/demolink/robert-newton/ 
Creation House published author: http://litfire.net/demolink/peter-aiello/ 
iUniverse published author: http://litfire.net/demolink/david-leonard/
Xlibris published author: http://litfire.net/demolink/Jurgen-Vanhauwe/
AuthorHouse published author: http://litfire.net/demolink/dennis-alimena/
WestBow Press published author: http://litfire.net/demolink/dick-walls/
LitFire Publishing published author: http://litfire.net/demolink/James_Frazee/
I would like to get in touch with you to talk about our portfolio, maybe discuss a little bit about your book, your plans for it and more ideas on how to help you.
Can you identify a good time to chat this week?
Sincerely,
Albert Ortega
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OK, so - he got my PHONE NUMBER from someone? Riiiiight.  Also - the book that he's referring to is super old and was my worst selling book EVER and is currently ranking, as he points out, in the millions.  What successful publisher goes looking for loser books?  I've had legit people reach out to me on books that were ranking in the 40s on Amazon, but a book ranking in the millions? No.  (And I turned the legit agent who contacted me down, because I still make more $ self publishing.)

I feel badly for people who are new to this field, desperate and naieve, and might fall for something like that.

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Re: Anyone been contacted by an Alex Pavlenko?
« Reply #12 on: May 07, 2017, 03:46:39 PM »
I WANT MY NIGERIAN PRINCE IN SHINING ARMOUR!!!!!!


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Re: Anyone been contacted by an Alex Pavlenko?
« Reply #13 on: May 07, 2017, 04:35:53 PM »
I got an email from him today:

"Hi,

I noticed that you were interested in getting more reviews for your book. I can offer you as many as 40 guaranteed, honest and verified reviews. I can also promote your book on social media and get you as many as 200 downloads/purchases per book. Contact me for details, thanks."

Wow, that sounds awesome! Also, I just fell off the turnip truck yesterday.

I got the same email message.  The guy must be scrapping email addresses from Goodreads.


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Re: Anyone been contacted by an Alex Pavlenko?
« Reply #14 on: May 07, 2017, 06:02:39 PM »
I got the same email message.  The guy must be scrapping email addresses from Goodreads.

Yep, and I just had a preorder book hit Goodreads this week. He must have seen it pop up.

I'm still figuring this out.
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Re: Anyone been contacted by an Alex Pavlenko?
« Reply #15 on: May 24, 2017, 02:51:20 PM »
Yay! I'm in the club too! Got Alex's email this morning!! And there I was feeling lonely and abandoned!!! :D

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Re: Anyone been contacted by an Alex Pavlenko?
« Reply #16 on: May 24, 2017, 03:03:02 PM »
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.

Several years ago when BookBub was just starting out and they hadn't made their bones and there were threads here about whether or not they were legit. Man, I've been here too long.

Anyway, folks posted threads were BookBub did a promo without telling them and then after the fact, emailed along with the lines of, yeah, all those downloads, was us... let's talk. Now that's how you get someone's attention when starting. Deliver results first and they'll keep coming back for more versus email cold calling people from the Kindle scout page.

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Re: Anyone been contacted by an Alex Pavlenko?
« Reply #17 on: May 24, 2017, 03:10:17 PM »
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I WANT MY NIGERIAN PRINCE IN SHINING ARMOUR!!!!!!

Tea on the monitor now. Thanks for that.


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Re: Anyone been contacted by an Alex Pavlenko?
« Reply #18 on: May 24, 2017, 03:23:53 PM »
Got an email from this guy this morning. I don't typically post my email address anywhere, so he must have really dug deep to find it...
 
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Re: Anyone been contacted by an Alex Pavlenko?
« Reply #19 on: May 24, 2017, 03:27:10 PM »
Several years ago when BookBub was just starting out and they hadn't made their bones and there were threads here about whether or not they were legit. Man, I've been here too long.

Anyway, folks posted threads were BookBub did a promo without telling them and then after the fact, emailed along with the lines of, yeah, all those downloads, was us... let's talk. Now that's how you get someone's attention when starting. Deliver results first and they'll keep coming back for more versus email cold calling people from the Kindle scout page.

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