I subscribe to a few select magazines, but it comes to my attention that, apparently, some magazines either sell their lists of subscribers to other magazines, or something else happens (a rogue employee sells the lists) and so I get solicitations in the mail for other literary entities of which I have never heard.
Does this happen to any of you?
Today I received a mailing from “Crazyhorse.” This mailing is as slick as any of the other numerous garbage direct mailings received everyday from everywhere else. I am surprised this mailing does not have an actual application for a VISA or MASTERCARD along with it.
Subscribe and enter my credit card, upload manuscript at http://crazyhorse.cofc.edu
and enter by Dec. 15, 2007, $2,000 EACH Publication in Crazyhorse, etc, etc, with all the available options for payments taking up at least 10% of the tri-page fold-out mailing.
On the cover is Cover Art by “Hiroe Sacki”—flowers and a butterfly. [How neutral.]
And a quote:
“I’ll never understand the sublime / the possibility that it’s all someone’s / lying-face-down-in-the-dream …” – Dean Young
What the hill does that mean? Lying face-down in the dream? What dream? Look, guy, go lie down in the dream, and you will surely know! Bleh.
So do others here get these weird solicitations? I know all about the obvious frauds such as send in your poem and we accept it and now buy the publications scam ….
Do literary pubs sell their lists?
Just how slick can genuine pubs go?
I have no idea what I am talking about, but you get the idea. SUPER-SLICK MAILINGS?