I trusted a fellow blogger and writer with a small amount of money. He’s self published some short stories and novels, primarily for the Kindle. I downloaded a couple and was impressed enough to keep him on my list of writers I’d keep my eye on. I followed his blog for a few months. He started running an Indiegogo fundraising campaign for an on-line literary journal he wanted to start.
I was intrigued. He offered ad space for donations. I contributed a small amount of money and, as a result, was entitled to an ad. But, there was very little information forthcoming from him about just how to go about getting that ad. The inaugural January issue came out. I emailed him indicating an interest in getting my ad in the next issue. Of course, of course, was the response. Just send me this and it’ll get done. I emailed him the image and text, as well as a short story for his consideration for inclusion in the journal.
And never heard anything from him again. And the journal’s website has gone completely silent for the last month. And he doesn’t really mention it on his blog anymore either, because, well there are new fish to fry apparently.
What I have seen on his blog are repeated pleas for more money for this and for that. First it was to help pay for a new computer because his broke and he simply could not go on without a new computer and had no money for it. And he needs funds to publish his 2013 books on CreateSpace.
This is where I finally had it. There is virtually no cost to publishing via CreateSpace. He has published multiple books for the Kindle. That is also virtually cost free. If he can do that, he can publish on CreateSpace with very little money out of pocket. So, what exactly does he need the funds for?
The issue of the literary journal that he published in January? I’m pretty certain almost all of it was built around pieces he had already published on his blog. I also realize it was a start-up effort and there were kinks. Problem is, it seems to have disappeared as an on-going project.
I realize now that I was scammed. Maybe not intentionally, but this fellow blogger and writer has figured out ways to try to monetize everything he does in the writing space and there’s a strong whiff of dishonesty involved.
I posted a comment to his blog a day or two ago. A comment expressing my dissatisfaction. Checked back to see if he replied. Well, imagine that, it’s still awaiting moderation, even though plenty of glowing, positive comments that were posted after mine are up and available to everybody.
I learned a lesson. Cristian Mihai taught it to me. Funny thing is after I post this, I’m heading over to Amazon to see what he has there that I haven’t read yet. Decent writer.