Category: scammers

Rebeca Seitz Slams ABC "Porn;" Sleazy PR People

Rebeca Seitz Slams ABC “Porn”

Who is Rebeca Seitz?

They are saying she is an innocent Florida mom who turned on her TV one morning this week to watch Good Morning America and claims she found a TV commercial that was not only sexually explicit, but was also offensive and may harm the well-being of young Andy, her son. This alleged soft porn ad was promoting a new ABC drama, Betrayal. I haven’t seen the ad so I can’t comment. 

“This wasn’t primetime. This was a commercial about a primetime show airing while we all enjoy cornflakes and coffee and wish our kiddos a good morning,” she wrote on her blog. “My kid saw that … Not because I took him to a movie wholly inappropriate for his age. Not because I quit parenting and just told him to turn on the TV at 10pm and watch whatever.”

Seitz wrote a blog post about this alleged porn ad, the blog post went viral, and she wound up on Fox news with none other than Glenn Beck, the wonder boy of Fox TV. You can see a phone interview Beck does with Seitz at this link. The forced-sad, fake expression on Beck’s face is very entertaining. Like he really cares and the huge salary he’s getting has nothing to do with how he feels.

Now, what you won’t get in detail in the Huff Po article to which I linked above is that Rebeca Seitz is not just any old blogger mom, no indeed. This is her “About” page, and I think it’s important to point this out in the spirit of full disclosure. I see too many of these PR people deceiving romance readers in small ways they never know.

An award-winning novelist and President of the first public relations firm dedicated to representing entertainment created from a Christian worldview, Rebeca has worked with various national media outlets, including The Today Show, USA Today, National Public Radio, Southern Living, Good Housekeeping, Real Simple, and Good Morning America. She is recognized for her groundbreaking research into the behaviors of Christian consumers as well as development of public relations standards specific to creators of values-driven, entertainment-oriented products. She also co-chairs the non-profit SON: Spirit Of Naples, which equips and encourages Christians creating mainstream, commercially-viable media content.

In other words, Seitz knows how to promote, market, and get her point across better than just any old blogging mom, and from the content I’ve seen on her blog she’s good at what she does and she has a clear agenda.

Had this been an unknown blogging mom, who is Jewish and cares just as much about what her children see on TV in the early morning, I wouldn’t have given it a second thought. I know blogging. I’ve been interviewing bloggers and authoring my own blog for years. Very few things like this go viral that fast without a little help from unseen forces working in the background.

In any event, I actually agree with the fact that adult content of that nature should NOT be on TV that early in the morning…or at any time when children are watching. I can be very conservative that way, in spite of the fiction I write, and in spite of how much I hate censorship. This is why I keep this blog rated pg at all times, and if it wasn’t for the occasional pejorative I use in certain blog posts, this the content of this blog would be g rated. I consciously self-censor here because I have my own standards and I make my own rules here. But I also try to keep things real, and I don’t pretend to do anything here without disclosing everything to my readers. I’m not a sleazy PR person either.

Sleazy PR People

You only have to do a simple search to come up with tons of pieces about how sleazy PR people are, and about how the PR industry works. I don’t think it’s all bad, but I do think it’s important now more than ever before with all the online PR and marketing going on behind the scenes that we know it’s happening so we can’t be taken in too easily.

This is an older book, but I still think it’s important.

Reveals the extent to which we have been deceived by public relations firms on behalf of their unscrupulous clients — the corporations and governments that control our society.

This is an excellent free article about PR people and sleaze, with a more positive view. And as I said, I think the important factor here is knowing the difference between sleaze and what’s real.

When I was a reporter, I dealt with two kinds of PR people. The first sent you bad press releases on non-stories and harassed you when you didn’t run them, and their bosses were never available when you needed to ask them questions. Then there were the PR folks that stopped what they were doing to track down information for a deadline story, even when it wasn’t necessarily going to make them look good.

New Blog For New Writers: Self-Destruction

A friend on social media pointed me in the direction of a new blog that’s being designed to help new writers avoid the pitfalls of working in publishing in a time when so many things are changing. The blog is authored by two writers, one new and the other more experienced. The first post is an example of how new writers can get scammed by marketing services and e-publishing services that promise the world, for a fee, and never wind up delivering. The reason I posted a photo of an empty bookshelf above is because most new writers are focusing on e-publishing, and if they aren’t they need to be even more aware of publishing scams. Self-publishing print books used to cost a lot of money. Now it should cost nothing with e-books, or next to nothing depending on whether or not you hire a cover artist and copyeditor. I’ve posted about this before with Joe Mahalic’s indie books on personal finance. In Joe’s case he did all the work himself and it didn’t cost him anything. He produced quality e-books that are helping a lot of people get out of debt.

You really need to watch out for scammers now more than ever. It doesn’t get more blunt than this:

This blog has been created by one accomplished author and one semi-accomplished author who know that self publishing can be like self destruction. Both with publishing companies now, but still clawing their way through the filth that is the land of writing. Thanks for visiting. Emily Walker and Nikki Palomino.
I think all writers in e-publishing should follow blogs like this. One thing I find often with writers who work WITH start up e-presses tend to think they are working FOR the e-press and there’s nothing they won’t do to please the publisher. And that shouldn’t happen. No writer works for any publisher. It’s a collaboration between publisher and author and the author should always have his or her own best interest first in mind, not the publisher’s. This is why there are literary agents, and if you don’t have one and you are working for a start up press you need to think like a literary agent when dealing with your publisher. Writers work for themselves. Here’s a sample from the post I was talking about above:

Published? Means nothing. It’s how you get yourself out there that can get you in trouble.
I hired a marketing firm in the beginning because nobody knew me from spit.
Take a risk knowing you’ll fall.
I did to the tune of 25000 dollars.

There have always been scams and con artists preying upon new writers. A while back when I was only concentrating on submitting short stories to small LGBT presses I was approached by a publisher I thought was reputable. They wanted to publish one of my novels and I was beyond thrilled. Until I found out they wanted to charge me hundreds of dollars to have the novel edited. I contemplated doing it because I knew how hard it was to get published. I knew rejection well and I knew the market for anything LGBT oriented was slim. I figured it would be an investment in my future and in my career.
Thankfully, a good friend who is a literary agent that I’ve spoken about before on this blog advised me against doing it. He basically said any good publisher who acquires a novel should be willing to edit that novel and produce that novel without charging the author a penny. And still, I almost didn’t listen to him with all his years of experience. That’s how determined I was to get a novel published.
But in the end I didn’t do it, and I came to learn later that not only was this sleazy publisher charging authors huge editing fees, but none of the editors there seem to be real people. They were the earliest sockpuppets I’ve ever encountered online in publishing and it’s a one man operation being run by one person who creates editors with fake names and profiles. I truly believed they were real people, too.
That particular publisher is still in business, and in addition to them there are ten times as many scams out there new writers need to be made aware of. The best advice I can give is that if it sounds too good to be true it probably is too good to be true. And, following blogs like the one I’m linking to here helps, too. One of the best ways to learn anything is through experience, and the people writing this blog sound as if they’ve been through plenty.