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Complaint Review: International Who's Who in Poetry

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  • Submitted: Wed, January 09, 2013
  • Updated: Tue, March 12, 2013

  • Reported By: RDM — Fort Worth Texas United States of America
International Who's Who in Poetry
4470 W. Sunset Blvd., Suite 451 Internet United States of America

International Who's Who in Poetry Judy Lynn, Chief Editor This organization scammed me into paying money to submit a new poem & purchase its book. Internet

*Consumer Comment: Get the FAQs, a Satisfied Customer

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Over the past three years, I began to submit my poetry in contests and had them published - three of them in a publication sold at Barnes and Noble and Amazon.com.  So I did not suspect that when the International Who's Who in Poetry 2012 sent me an invitation in August 2012 to submit a new poem and have it critiqued and published that I was going to be scammed.  I have not been able to reach a "live person" as to whether or not my poem will be submitted for publication, yet my account shows that I've been charged in advance for a copy of the book at a "Special Pre-Publication Discount."  When I have tried to contact them via e-mail, I receive an automatic response to view its FAQ page and that it is not possible to expect a personal reply.

Upon researching this organization on-line, I came across several sites that indicated others had been scammed as well.  I would like to get my money back and see this place put out of business.

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AUTHOR: Robert - (United States of America)

I enjoy writing poetry, and I have submitted some poems to sites such as Poetry.com for review, but I stopped doing that, because "Great" is not a review, and a three star rating does not match that comment. Some time later, I received an email from Suzanne Hilary of World Poetry Movement stating she liked my poetry, and asking if I wanted to submit a poem for publication in their newest book.

There was a link to an entry form, step 1, where I filled out the information requested: name, email address, etc., and the poem. When I clicked the Submit button another page came up, stating that my entry had been submitted, and asking if I also wanted to submit an optional profile to be printed along with my poem for $25., step 2.

I didn't want to submit a profile, so I skipped to the next page, where I selected the option to purchase a copy of the book with my poem, which cost $55. including s&h, step 3. Of course the money was taken out of my account as soon as I submitted the necessary information to PayPal, step 4, in order to pay publication expenses; we are not buying a book off the shelf at Wal-Mart.

A few days later I received, by U S mail, a hard copy of my poem stating that my poem was accepted for publication, and that I must return this copy with my signature verifying that I was the author and giving my permission to publish it in their book, step 5.

It was still a few weeks before the submission deadline, and then publication, but, not long after that, I received a copy of the book. There is an unconditional, satisfaction or money back guarantee, but I am very pleased.

I sent an email to Suzanne, but I got an automated reply with a list of frequently asked questions and answers. If you are not satisfied with the book, you can return it for a refund; but, until then, you have made a purchase through PayPal, and you can contact PayPal. Suzanne doesn't have anything to do with finances, refunds, or answering emails; she is an editor who decides if your poem entry is fit to publish; review, not critique.

If you read the list of FAQ, you would have found answers to your complaints, such as, "As a general rule, you can expect to receive your books within 10-12 weeks from your payment date." "If you have a question that was not answered above, please email: amy@worldpoetrymovement.com"

A few months later I received another request/offer. This time I sent in a poem, but did not purchase anything. I was curious if my poem would actually be published in the book without purchasing a copy, but how would I be able to find out? After the publication date, I received another email from Suzanne asking if I wanted to purchase one of the few remaining books from that publication. I didn't, so I did not respond.

Another few months, and another offer for a new book. I submitted a new poem, and I decided to purchase a copy of the new book which I am anxious to get, but the publication date is still in the future, so enough poems can be submitted to fill the book; it takes time.
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