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AuthorOffer.com - Fact or Fiction?

Posted by bigceebee on March 26, 2014 at 10:35 AM

There’s been some buzz and discussion lately about whether AuthorOffer.com, a new book promotion site boasting an emailing list of 635K+ subscribers, is the real deal or a hoax.

 

The verdict is in, folks…


AuthorOffer.com is 100% bullshit, a scam aimed at sucking hard earned cash out of the pockets of authors the world over.

 

I now know of two authors who decided to take the risk and buy an ad. One had a spot scheduled for Monday, March 24th, ironically the first day the scumbags stopped sending their daily emails. The other had a date lined up sometime next week but submitted a cancellation/reimbursement request in accordance with the terms and conditions. Last I heard, the slugs had yet to respond or issue reimbursement.

 

Both have submitted disputes with PayPal. Naturally, I’d suggest that anyone else who finds themselves in the same position do the same.

 

Please share this blog post to help stop these miserable leeches.


UPDATE - March 26, 2014, 3:00 p.m. ET: Coincidence perhaps but I posted this at 10:35 a.m. ET at which time I mentioned AuthorOffer had ceased sending their daily email as of Monday. Four hours later, I received their daily email, the usual list of books likely copied from BookGorilla, even in the same order.

UPDATE - March 27, 2014, 3:10 p.m. ET: Another copy/paste email of BookGorilla titles with a scattering of highly ranking works. Another author informed me he had submitted to AuthorOffer and, not surprisely, was quickly approved, albeit their 70% rejection stat. Both authors previously referenced have yet to receive any response to their demands. PayPal disputes have been escalated to claims.

UPDATE - April 3, 2014: The Authoroffer deal is turning out to be the perfect scam as PayPal denies claims related to intangible items.

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7 Comments

Reply Gunnar Lawrence
1:09 PM on March 30, 2014 
Things like this suck. Pisses me off that there are people whose sole purpose seems to be to rip others off. It's not like authors are a wealthy lot, we have dreams just like everyone else.Someone ought to string these guys up.
Reply Natasha Clark
3:09 AM on April 1, 2014 
Thanks for this, these scams just suck
Reply Tim Owen
1:49 PM on April 3, 2014 
I am not sure why you say it is a scam when they have put my book The Killing Cycle at the number 1 spot in erotic thriller and erotic mystery for the last 3 das, as well as getting me as high as 69 in the overall kndle ranks. See for yourself (quickly before the promo is over when I am sure my book will again drop into obscurity) http://www.amazon.com/Killing-Cycle-Timothy-Owen-ebook/dp/B004SYB
4RM/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1396292383&sr=8-1&keywords=the+killing
+cycle
Reply Tim Owen
1:51 PM on April 3, 2014 
Tim Owen says...
I am not sure why you say it is a scam when they have put my book The Killing Cycle at the number 1 spot in erotic thriller and erotic mystery for the last 3 das, as well as getting me as high as 69 in the overall kndle ranks. See for yourself (quickly before the promo is over when I am sure my book will again drop into obscurity) http://www.amazon.com/Killing-Cycle-Timothy-Owen-ebook/dp/B004SYB

4RM/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1396292383&sr=8-1&keywords
=the+killing
+cycle


And furthermore, my Amazon reports reflect that over 3000 people have downloaded it. I don't know where you get your facts from, but in my experience they are not correct.
Reply bigceebee
2:13 PM on April 3, 2014 
Great stuff if it worked for you, Tim. I'll assume you didn't have ads running anywhere else such as BB, ENT, POI, KND, etc. which might have helped your distribution. The fact is, Authoroffer has been filling its emails with books posted on BookGorilla as well as a selection of books which are already performing extremely well. Case in point, I'm involved in two different book bundles which they have listed 3 times in the last 10 or so days though we've never requested a listing. On the flip-side, I know of several authors who have paid for an ad which never appeared, saw absolutely no results on the ad which ran or cancelled their submission according to guidelines and not been reimbursed.
Reply James Calbraith
9:13 AM on April 8, 2014 
Tim Owen says...
And furthermore, my Amazon reports reflect that over 3000 people have downloaded it. I don't know where you get your facts from, but in my experience they are not correct.


Your book now has an ASR of #730,000 - down from #69 in mere five days since you posted. Having run quite a lot of promos like this on my books, I know it's virtually impossible to experience a drop like this in such a short time. Not even if no living soul had bought your book since your post.
Reply Alan McDermott
3:02 PM on April 8, 2014 
James Calbraith says...
Your book now has an ASR of #730,000 - down from #69 in mere five days since you posted. Having run quite a lot of promos like this on my books, I know it's virtually impossible to experience a drop like this in such a short time. Not even if no living soul had bought your book since your post.


I have to agree. My books were heavily promoted on Amazon (by Amazon themselves) for over a week. It peaked at #110 after 10,000 sales, and that was three months ago. I'm currently sitting at #25000. According to WhoIs, there is little information about the owner of the website: http://who.is/whois/authoroffer.com

The fact that they don't have valid details for the registration tells me it's a scam all day long. I go with Claude, and avoid these jerks.