I heard about the Best Books Award and so I wrote an email to USABookNews@earthlink.com verifying that they accepted e-books, and asking how I should send the file of THWARTED QUEEN.
I got a reply from someone called Jeffrey Keen, of JPX Media Group, USA Book News and International Book Awards, telling me to email the pdf of the novel along with the entry form to that email address. I paid my entry fee online ($69) via Paypal, and replied to the email with my docs. A day went by, then the message bounced back.
So I re-sent it back to Jeffrey, with a brief note explaining that it hadn’t worked out the first time, so I was trying again.
It bounced back again. That was odd, because my first message got through, so why wasn’t this working? I decided that the site had gone down, but surely it would be back up now. I re-sent it.
Yes, you guessed it. It bounced back again. So I did a Google search on JPX media and acquired the following email: email@example.com. I resubmitted.
Guess what? It bounced back again a day later. So I poked around on the website http://www.internationalbookawards.com/aboutuscontactus.html and clicked on the “email us” link and got firstname.lastname@example.org.
What do you think happened just now? That’s right. It bounced back. I checked my Paypal account, and naturally the money is gone. I would contact them by phone, but try as I might I can’t find a phone number for their address, which is JPX Media Group, Attn: IBA 2012, P.O. Box 69408, Los Angeles, CA 90069 OR JPX Media Group, Attn: IBA 2012
9663 Santa Monica Blvd., Suite 187, Beverly Hills, California 90210.
If any of you have heard about IBA, Jeff Keen, JPX media or Best Books Award, please drop a comment in the comments box. I’ve just contacted my local NWU office to let them know about this possible scam.
You may want to add this to your list of folks you DON’T do business with.
Have a wonderful weekend!