Saturday, January 09, 2016

Fake Penguin publicist catfishes bloggers (to get reviews for her own book)

Book2BookThursday 07 Jan 2016

The YA blog world is dealing with a catfishing (*) situation. A blogger named Jon at Bookish Antics, writes of the odd bait and switch (that, frankly, seems like a lot of work), in which a woman claiming to be a Penguin publicity assistant reaches out to bloggers, collects their addresses, and then sends them copies of her own, previously published book with a letter on (what looks like it might be photocopied) Penguin letterhead.

* - A catfish is someone who pretends to be someone they're not using Facebook or other social media to create false identities, particularly to pursue deceptive online romances.

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