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Some of you might remember that last month, Angeline Hawkes-Craig spammed me. Well, this morning, I got an email asking if was Ben Peek (and not the Ben Peek who works in the communication industry, I imagine) and she left a note on the message board. Turns out she was looking to make an apology, and here it is:

Hello, Ben.

A reader sent me the url to one of your past blogs
this morning and I thought I should contact you with
an explanation.

I keep a list of emails of people who may be
interested in my fiction -- sent to me by readers who
think this person might be interested, of writers
associated with the same publishers as I am, and of
people who leave messages in my guestbook and/or blog.
Apparently you made it on that list. Since I can't
find a website for your work, I can't see if you are
associated with a mutual publisher, and you aren't in
my guestbook/blog. So, a reader must have thought you
might be interested.

You know, a simple who the hell are you and why the
fuck are you inviting me to your yahoo newsletter
email would have sufficed. Your insulting tirade
showed a very high level of unprofessional behavior.

However, I do apologize that you made it onto the list
to be invited to the newsletter and I am sorry that it
enraged you so much. Somewhere someone thought you,
for whatever reason, might be interested in my

It wasn't intended as spam and I'm sorry you perceived
it as such.

Angeline Hawkes-Craig

Fact is, no one recommended me to her, she just picked my name off an email sent around by editor GW Thomas. However, after a couple of emails, first to outline what spam is, what being unprofessional is, and with my spam rage still in check (I'd forgotten all about that term, though it is a really fine one) she apologised again, and is now not going to spam authors that she doesn't personally know or hasn't emailed before. Which means, uh, if you're not an author you could still get some.

She has a blog now, if you're curious. I think you are.


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Sep. 27th, 2005 02:19 am (UTC)
I love her Glamor Shots (tm) "author photo."
Sep. 27th, 2005 02:26 am (UTC)

classy, isn't it?

i thought about getting one for myself. you know, to replace the windblown shadow i currently have. but then i realised i don't have the hair.
Sep. 27th, 2005 02:39 am (UTC)
Oh, don't worry, they supply it for you.
Sep. 27th, 2005 02:49 am (UTC)

do you have experience with this stuff, do you? :)
Sep. 27th, 2005 02:19 am (UTC)
I particularly like this line: "Your insulting tirade
showed a very high level of unprofessional behavior."

Haha. Unprofessional behaviour indeed Ben.
Sep. 27th, 2005 02:28 am (UTC)
i told her i liked being unprofessional, and that'd i'd probably do it again, soon enough.

of course, spamming unknown people... that's not unprofessional, noooo...
Sep. 27th, 2005 03:16 am (UTC)
This quote should be on the back of your first book...
Sep. 27th, 2005 03:20 am (UTC)
i'm thinking i'll save it for my memoirs. right there with steph's description of my blog as the 'anti-blog'.
Sep. 27th, 2005 02:37 am (UTC)
her use of the f-word in her apology is surprising and doesn't strike me as professional.
Sep. 27th, 2005 02:50 am (UTC)
eh. it's all unprofessional. her spam, my post, her email, my posting it here. there's nothing professional about it.
Sep. 27th, 2005 02:52 am (UTC)

my comment.
Sep. 27th, 2005 02:56 am (UTC)

and, besides which, i don't owe spammers anything.
Sep. 27th, 2005 02:57 am (UTC)
exposing them only makes them admit they have a problem
Sep. 27th, 2005 02:59 am (UTC)
i suspect it'll just get me called unprofessional, again.
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Sep. 27th, 2005 03:12 am (UTC)
I stopped reading her "apology" and criticism of your unprofessional behaviour when she swore at you. Instead, I killed the time by looking at her website.

When the laughter subsides I will let you know.
Sep. 27th, 2005 03:18 am (UTC)

see, i bring smiles to everyone.
Sep. 27th, 2005 04:01 am (UTC)
Oh I just got to get me a blog now if that windswept excuse for a woman has one. She probably posts when her period is due.
Lynda - who else? Signing up as we speak.
Sep. 27th, 2005 05:24 am (UTC)
well, you got one?

i'm waiting.

*tap tap tap*
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Sep. 27th, 2005 10:46 am (UTC)
did she spam you?
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Sep. 27th, 2005 10:56 am (UTC)
Erm, I really don't have a reason to care about this, but I do. Ever since you called me old, Ben. . .

whatever brings out the angry whiskey bottle hurling moments, baby.

...yeah, you're probably best to ignore that baby part at the end. i got caught up in the moment. anyhow, we all get rejection letters. i got one the other day for a story rejected six months ago. double your rejection value!

for angeline, i do suspect she's a serial spammer of various forms. it's bad mojo.
Sep. 27th, 2005 10:57 am (UTC)
btw, to reply direct to these comments all you got to do is hit 'birds on a line' link. in case you couldn't find it.
Sep. 27th, 2005 10:59 am (UTC)
er. make noise perched on the line. sheesh. even i can't remember the way i changed these things. should never have done it. confuses even me. poor me.
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Sep. 27th, 2005 11:09 am (UTC)

yeah, it was. i had a fun time comparing them. the second one seemed to be sent by someone quite hassled, but said the same thing as the first. *shrug* such is life.

don't worry about the comments thing. is cool. i change them words so it's a bit more difficult to find if you ain't familiar with it.
Sep. 27th, 2005 01:12 pm (UTC)
is it just me, or are the writers who seem to never get legitimately published, also the writers who talk the most about how published they are?
and i can honestly say that she didn't send you an apology.
it was just a long winded backhanded insult.
Sep. 27th, 2005 11:21 pm (UTC)
oh, i know there's no real apology here. just an attempt to smooth over things--though who knows why she thought i was worth doing that for. but yes, i know.
Sep. 27th, 2005 03:06 pm (UTC)
30 responses to your post and she hasn't made a "declaration of war" post. shame. oh well, just shows how very unprofessional we all are...

Sep. 27th, 2005 11:22 pm (UTC)
it's what keeps us warm and fuzzy :)
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