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Re: Michael Masterson/AWAI....... STOP!!... ENOUGH ALREADY!!!
Posted By: Marissa In Response To: Re: Michael Masterson/AWAI....... STOP!!... ENOUGH ALREADY!!! (MaaMaw)
Date: Monday, September 8, 2008, at 5:06 a.m.(pst)
In Response To: Re: Michael Masterson/AWAI....... STOP!!... ENOUGH ALREADY!!! (MaaMaw)
I got an email from Writer's Digest advertising about this. The writer, Beth Erickson, didn't define was AWAI was so I did a Google Search for it and came up with your website. Here's the disclaimer at the bottom of WD's email:
"NOTE: Before a company advertises with us, we make every attempt to verify that it is solvent and that it is in a position to deliver the services it promises. Our editorial coverage often addresses outright scams and red flags that writers should look out for before agreeing to pay for any editorial service or writing product, and there are several online resources to research known or suspected scams. We also encourage our readers to regularly visit our online forums to ask questions of their peers and/or to keep each other informed of their experiences, positive and negative, with the variety of products and services available for writers."
My guess is that if WD has vetted them then it's probably legit, although I'm in your corner. I wouldn't pay for the course myself.
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