There's a company called Bookwhirl that e-mails me on an occasional basis, offering their services promoting my books for me. Not that I couldn't use more promotion, but I don't think from these people (and I'm not linking to them for just that reason--if you want to find them, you know how to use the interwebs.
The reason I have little faith in their services as a book promotion company is because I actually read the e-mails they send (at least, to the extent that I'm able). So you'll understand, here's the one I got today:
Dear Mr. Jeff Mariotte,
As the author of the book, “Supernatural: Witch's Canyon”, you mostly encounter that there are also some other authors covering the same topic you draw. Still, the publicity of every book varies on the twists made and the opportunities seized that will make you gain the recognition you deserve.
Publishing your book is not enough. You need to promote it. If you are interested, kindly contact me at X (XXX) XXX XXXX ext. 318 or you may respond to this email so we can talk more about your book and your marketing plans. For more information about our company, please visit www.bookwhirl.com.
If you no longer wish to receive emails from us, kindly click on the link below to UNSUBSCRIBE:
I am looking forward to hearing from you.
As Liz Lemon might say, "What the what?" Shouldn't the people who want to promote my books write in, y'know, English?
And whoever is surprised that the "unsubscribe" link doesn't go anywhere, raise your hand.
Are these people actually getting clients this way?