An writer recently asked me to go to a website and “vote” for her. She wanted me to have our readers also click to vote for her, even asking me to post notices on Facebook and Twitter. I receive those types of requests all the time and, frankly, they’re insulting.
We never promote sites that require website users to “vote” for certain items to determine a winner. Asking people for votes is not something we do, nor do we recommend it to authors or freelance writers. Those contests are annoying to readers (including family and friends). It’s like asking your friends to vote for you for homecoming queen. Whether readers are voting for a particular book, or for a favorite writer (or poem, or short story, or article, or whatever), there is no really is no merit to the process so it’s not a real contest. It’s a cheap sweepstakes.
We consider those types of “competitions” unprofessional. They’re usually only designed to drive traffic to the contest host’s website, where they are likely selling ads. So, all this “voting” is only making money for that website. Saying you “won” best book or best article or best poem or best whatever from an unknown website that ran a popularity contest is silly. If people find out how silly the contest was, you may lose credibility with your readers and other customers.
So, please don’t send me (or anyone else) requests to “vote” for your book or article or poem or anything on an obscure website and I, in turn, promise not to post my children’s fundraisers online, nor to solicit orders for Girl Scout Cookies for our neighbor’s kid. 😉
About The Author
Angela Hoy is the publisher of WritersWeekly.com, and the co-owner of BookLocker.com (one of the original POD publishers that still gets books to market in less than a month), PubPreppers.com (print and ebook design for authors who truly want to self-publish), and Abuzz Press (the publishing co-op that charges no setup fees).
WritersWeekly.com - the free marketing ezine for writers, which features new paying markets and freelance job listings every Wednesday.
BookLocker.com - According to attorney Mark Levine, author of The Fine Print, BookLocker is: "As close to perfection as you're going to find in the world of ebook and POD publishing. The ebook royalties are the highest I've ever seen, and the print royalties are better than average. BookLocker understands what new authors experience, and have put together a package that is the best in the business. You can't go wrong here. Plus, they're selective and won't publish any manuscript just because it's accompanied by a check. Also, the web site is well trafficked. If you can find a POD or epublisher with as much integrity and dedication to selling authors' books, but with lower POD publishing fees, please let me know."
Abuzz Press offers FAST and FREE book publication, but only accepts a small percentage of submissions, and only works with U.S. authors.
PubPreppers.com - "We Prep, You Publish!" Print and ebook design for authors who truly want to self-publish. Offers formatting and design services only, and then provides simple instructions for authors on where to sign up to have the print and ebook editions printed/listed/sold. Cut out the middle man. Keep 100% of what bookstores pay for your book!
Angela's POD Secrets Revealed Series can be found HERE.
Got questions about Print On Demand and Self-publishing? Ask Angela.
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See BookLocker's publishing packages HERE.
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