review copy

On 12/11/12 5:11 PM, "M*********, M***" <****@****> wrote:

Dear Laura: I'm reaching out to offer you a review copy of &*()_&^%'s new book Weight Loss for People Who Feel Too Much for possible sharing on Laura's Soap Box. I know straight book reviews are generally not your thing but I'd love to discuss ways to work together to feature @#$%^s book in some way as I'm sure your audience would really love it. &^%$#@s goal is to help people who are struggling with their weight finally let go of what is weighing them down, physically and emotionally.  Her hope is that by going on her four step, eight week plan people will finally discover the real reason they struggle with their weight and finally take it off for good. We'd be happy to offer copies for giveaway or the chance at a written Q&A with )&^%$# to you. Should you be interested in getting a copy of the book and discussing further promotions please send me your address via return email.

Thanks! M*******

Director of Marketing
********************** Press

Dear Ms M********,

You probably could not have found a less hospitable blog for any weight loss content. My daughter had anorexia nervosa, a mental illness triggered by weight loss. My message to parents is to fight AGAINST the message of weight loss as a solution for health, happiness, and well-being. The very idea of promoting a book that makes these promises would amuse me if it did not infuriate me more!

Please consider publishing books that follow the science, not the false and often dangerous promises of the dieting mentality.

Laura Collins


  1. HA! This is one of those things where I'd wonder: "Am I on candid camera? Is this real?"

  2. The worst part of her e-mail is this "I'm sure your audience would really love it." Really? Has she read your blog? Ummm. Just no.

  3. I received a comment from a weight loss company to ask me if I would like to review their latest weight loss product on my (blatantly about trying to recover from anorexia) blog. I would have given them the benefit of the doubt of not having actually read my blog - but found that a lot of my blog peers had gotten them too - and they were ALL ED bloggers. I called them out on their fb page but the comment was deleted and I never heard back. I wish I could remember what it was, something obscure. Haven't seen any reviews though, so maybe I wasn't the only one who was a bit disgusted.
    I'm sorry you got that offer, and I'm glad you are in a better place than maybe in the past when your daughter was more unwell, when it would have been extremely upsetting :(


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