DIP Publishing - Spam from a Real Dip

Authors at FMOF were spammed last night by a "publishing company"
Posted by Douglas, Jul 26, 2011

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DIP Publishing - Spam from a Real Dip

Posted by Douglas, Jul 26, 2011
This post was written in 6 minutes.

I'd like to offer my apologies to each of our many members who were spammed last night by DIP Publishing. In case you were wondering, No, real publishing houses don't indiscriminately spam every author on a creative writing website.

Obviously, we discourage fledgeling authors from getting connected with a publishing house so desperate for business that they will spam people in order to generate business.

Spam is one of the evil plagues of the internet, and we don't condone it here at Fifteen Minutes of FIction.

We have some security checks in place at FMOF to prevent spamming; over the coming months we will continue to explore ways of improving those checks.

One nice thing, though...

It looks like a lot of people have come back to visit the site after a long absence, in order to check their messages.

While you're here...stick around and write something! :)

Posted by Douglas, Jul 26, 2011

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Douglas
Jul 26, 2011
By the way, the spammer has been banned from the site, and all the associated content (spam) has been deleted.
   ~Posted by Douglas, Jul 26, 2011

MissAnnie
Jul 26, 2011
I had a comment email, but I have no comments. Is that why? Thanks, Annie
(P.S. I won't be back on til we get home from camp.) : )
   ~Posted by MissAnnie, Jul 26, 2011

Douglas
Jul 27, 2011
Yes, that's why. We have no intention of letting spammers advertise their sad little selves on this site. :)
   ~Posted by Douglas, Jul 27, 2011

Logan
Jul 28, 2011
I Contacted Dip publishing about publishing a book, should i keep Working with them or stop working with them?
   ~Posted by Logan, Jul 28, 2011

Douglas
Jul 28, 2011
I visited their site, and it looks to me like they're a "vanity publishing" company, which means basically that you have to pay them to publish your book, which is not how real publishers do it. I wouldn't mess around with them. If you're going to go the self-publish route (which is what vanity publishing is a subset of), you might want to look at lulu.com instead; at least they don't ask you for $925 up front for a self-publish service.

And the good news is that lulu didn't spam you!
   ~Posted by Douglas, Jul 28, 2011

Douglas
Jul 28, 2011
You might want to take a look at this page on Portland Proof that talks about vanity publishing: Vanity Publishing
   ~Posted by Douglas, Jul 28, 2011
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