Sunday, March 14, 2010
I am sort of embarrassed. I almost got conned into one of those poetry publishing rackets where you buy their book and they accept any poem that comes their way. I barely even remember submitting my poem to an online poetry contest about 6 months ago.
Yesterday, I got this letter saying that my poem had been moved to the semi-finals, and that I could be a winner.
Then they went on to say that they liked my poem so much that they were going to include it in the next, "Famous Poets of the Heartland" anthology, and I could buy my very own copy.
Thankfully, the warning sirens going off on my brain kicked in, especially when I noticed the "Famous Poets" motto: Where Happiness is Being Published! I also thought that the editor, a woman named Lavender Aurora, seemed a little too thrilled about my "talent." No legitimate editor I have ever submitted to has been that excited, even if they enjoyed and accepted my work.
This screams: VANITY PUBLISHING loud and clear to me.
Anyway, there was something else troubling me about their letter. I couldn't put my finger on it, but I went ahead and looked up their company on www.ripoffreport.com, which is one of my all time favorite websites, and sure enough, there were over 90 complaints against them. http://www.ripoffreport.com/Search/famous-poets-society.aspx
It appears that this company not only charges exorbitant prices to publish people's poems, but they frequently NEVER SEND, or send very late, the anthologies that people pay for.
Now, I have no idea if the allegations on www.ripoffreport.com are true, but I know I will certainly never do business with these people. I am disturbed that they have my address.
Now, I am going to go feed their letter to my dog and try to forget the whole thing even happened.