I know what you’re thinking “But Pixie, you are the one who has to subscribe to get the newsletter.” WRONG. A new crop of authors thinks it’s okay to find your email address and subscribe you to their newsletters, without your permission. Even better, the genre is 99.9% always one I don’t read!
I got one this past week from an author I’ve never had any contact with, for a book I have never heard of, in a genre I don’t read. The best part, no unsubscribe link! I didn’t subscribe and now she’s got me trapped in her newsletter loop.
Usually I suck it up, hit junk mail and be done with it. But she caught me during a bad day and irritated the funk out of me, so she got a reply:
“Adding people to mailing lists without their permission is rude and it’s called spam”
I was as nice as I could possibly be, you know I can be a helluva lot ruder. Of course, she never replied and I haven’t gotten another email…yet. It’s not that I am against newsletters, I am subscribed to a few myself. But searching for blogs, not even caring what genre they are, and adding them without their permission pisses me off something fierce.
A few months ago another author did this, but even worse she posted newsletters ONCE A DAY and had no unsubscribe link! I blocked her, I junk mailed her and it would keep appearing in my inbox. The only way I got rid of her, I just happened to change ISP’s and she’s sending to an email address that no longer exists.
So please authors, for the sake of our sanity:
DO NOT ADD PEOPLE WITHOUT THEIR PERMISSION.