Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Amy in the Cloud with Secrets

 UPDATE 5/22/14: I never received any response.
I just got another pitch that sure looks like a way to implant sponsored material... in plain English we call them ADS... on websites. As I did with the eAccountable link-buying pitch, I am going to respond to this come-on (see below) from Specialist Authors, in order to see what's behind the curtain. My suspicion is that it is merely a thinly-veiled technique for placing un-labeled ads on websites... ads that masquerade as objective articles.

Of course, it doesn't take a great detective to become suspicious of a pitch from someone who reveals no last name.

I will update this post as I learn more.

Here is the email:
From: Amy Editorial Manager
Sent: Wednesday, February 05, 2014 7:27 AM
To: (deleted)
Subject: Ref: Article ideas 2/5/14


I hope you do not mind me mailing you but I would like to introduce myself.

My name is Amy and I am currently working hard to establish myself as a freelance writer. I have now written for several websites on varying topics and my articles have been well received.

I wondered if you would feel able to place some of my work on your website

The pieces I have had accepted so far were around 500 words in length.
If you would like to go ahead it would help me greatly if you would specify a particular subject, style and tone, as I quickly discovered that versatility in my writing is essential. I am confident that you would find my work engaging and authoritative. I can also guarantee that it will be original: all my own work! It would be helpful to me if I could include one hyperlink in the article.

If you are interested please get in touch with me.

Best wishes and thank you,

Best Regards


Editorial Manager
Specialist Authors


  1. Just got the same pitch from "David Charles" at an editor at account. Not going to bother writing back, but clearly they're just throwing their spam around trolling for suckers.