For my birthday last year I received a subscription to Writer’s Digest as a gift, and a wonderful gift it has been. From the articles to the market listings, any writer can find useful information. The subscription however, has come with an interesting twist. It seems that my name and address has been leaked to a number of writing related services. Every week I receive one or two cards trying to entice me to do various tempting things. These have included: trying a gift subscription to an obscure writing magazine, enrolling in a college with programs designed specifically for writers, taking a writing aptitude test to see if I qualify for some special program or another, or sending my information to learn how I can make $1000’s in my spare time by freelance article writing.
I’ll admit at first I was flattered. It seemed at last the world was recognizing my efforts to become a better writer. However, when more and more letters kept showing up I figured out it must have been from my subscription information.
They don’t realize is that I’m on to their game. I already know that their end goal is not to make me a better or richer writer; their goal is to get my money in their pockets. They are betting on the wrong proverbial horse. Junk mail is the worst way for a company to get my attention.
Even if I was interested in what they had to offer, I would consult with friends that have been in the business before trying anything new.
Sorry fellas, this girl is not gonna bite.