Amazon Publishing Center’s “Sliver” Marketing Module. Oops.

Updated Nov. 12, 2022

After writing this satirical blog, I did more digging on this outfit that would have us believe it is affiliated with Now, I am fairly certain it is not. The marketing material is a joke, and the link to its purported website — — resulted in a “Dangerous Webpage Blocked” notification from my Norton security app. I reported the individual who sent me the message to the LinkedIn phishing investigation team. I imagine it won’t be long until this scam operation receives a cease-and-desist letter from’s lawyers, if it hasn’t already.


Original blog:

I received a LinkedIn message today from a “Cert. Marketer at Amazon Publishing Center® | Social Media Marketer | Publishing Consultant | Cert. Book Advisor”:

Hi! This is ­_______ from Amazon Publishing Center®. We help authors on their journey, from editing, publishing and printing; to marketing, promotion and press releases; we have it all! We’d love to explain more, when would you be available for a quick call?

My first reply: At what cost?

In response, this person sent me a link to a promotional piece for Amazon Publishing Center, which stated, in part:

We create a roadmap for you to ensure a bestseller’s experience, first we optimize your web presence by creating an Author Website so you get 100% royalties . . .

It then provides either an unrealistic timeline to “bestseller” status, or Amazon gives these people preferential treatment, in which case it may involve if not unlawful activities, certainly unethical.

Then comes most of the bottom line I had asked for:

  • Standard module                  $1500
  • Extensive module                 $2200
  • Sliver Marketing Module      $1000/mo. (i.e., $12,000/yr.)
    Note: the “Sliver” is not my typo. I copied that directly from Amazon’s marketing material.
  • Gold Marketing Module       Call for details.
    Note: I hesitate to even imagine the cost this entails.

Screen shot of the Amazon marketing material:

Sliver Marketing Module

To which I sent my second reply:

Interesting, but no thanks. I already do this for myself and others. In fact, you may want to hire me as an editor for your propaganda: “The Sliver Marketing Module” — “Sliver”? Seriously? How about a “Slice” Marketing Module?

And you and I both know this is misleading bullshit: “ensure a bestseller’s experience . . . so you get 100% royalties” — unless you are redefining the meaning of “ensure” and “100%.”

I have been in this business since before you were born, so you’re going to have to do better than this. Mainly, I tell the authors whom I advise to steer well clear of outfits like this. A new face on the vanity publishing scams of old. Nothing new here, just more lipstick on a predatory pig.

I refrained from making any snide remarks about Jeff Bezos . . . so far. I also refrained from pointing out the numerous punctuation errors and run-on sentences . . . so far.

I’m still waiting for a reply that I expect will not be forthcoming.

About Polishing Your Prose

Larry M Edwards is an award-winning investigative journalist, author, editor and publishing consultant. He is the author of three books, and has edited dozens of nonfiction and fiction book manuscripts. Under Wigeon Publishing, he has produced six books. As author, "Dare I Call It Murder? A Memoir of Violent Loss" won First Place in the San Diego Book Awards in 2012 (unpublished memoir) and 2014, Best Published Memoir. The book has also been nominated for a number of awards, including: Pulitzer Prize, Benjamin Franklin Award, Washington State Book Award, and One Book, One San Diego. As Editor, "Murder Survivor’s Handbook: Real-Life Stories, Tips & Resources" won the Gold Award in the 2015 Benjamin Franklin Book Awards, Self-Help. For a sample edit and cost estimate, contact Larry: larry [at] larryedwards [dot] com -- -- --
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