Sunday, July 17, 2016

Appalling Behavior


I received an email from an author earlier today. This author participated in and sponsored a giveaway by www.freekindlegiveaway.com. I entered that giveaway. One of the requirements to enter was to sign up for a number of different author's mailing lists. Doing so was a REQUIREMENT to enter. I was well aware of what I was doing. I understood that I was signing up for mailing lists. (You know, as in those mass emails you get about stuff you've signed up for?) Yup, pretty straight forward right?

Well, apparently, for a large number of idiots, who clearly did not read what they were signing up for, it's not so straight forward. This is  part of the email I received from the author:
"..the responses to Friday's mail have been mixed. I've seen a surge in downloads, and I've also seen a surge in unsubscribes. I kind of expected that. Had I participated in a contest that required me to subscribe to mailing lists I would probably unsubscribe at the first received e-mail as well. What I had not expected was the number of people who filed complaints with MailChimp, or the response by MailChimp itself. In essence: they strongly urged me to reconsider my strategy for obtaining new subscribers."
 This really upsets me. This author did nothing wrong in sending an email to the subscribers she obtained through a giveaway that clearly explained the requirements for entering. If these people didn't want to be subscribed to an author's mailing list, they should have simply moved on to the next giveaway.

In response to this ridiculousness, the author has made the decision to unsubscribe all 5,000+ people who subscribed through the giveaway. I understand why. However, even though I haven't yet read any of the author's work (I fully intend to), I am resubscribing to their mailing list.

So, if you're reading this, and you're one of those people who chose to behave so abhorrently toward this author, you should be ashamed of yourself.

For those who'd like to subscribe to the author's mailing list, here's a link:
http://www.jeroensteenbeeke.nl/mailinglist/

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