Re: A question for readers and authors and moderators regarding spam vs marketing.
Please be more specific so I can help you.
Where do you see a section dedicated to sci-fi? I'm wondering if you have BookTalk.org confused with another book site.
We don't do "monthly group reads." We typically read and discuss our books over either a 2-month or a 3-month period.
I cannot tell you why you were accused of spamming unless you be more specific. What forum did you post in? What exact thread? If you don't know the answers to these questions then the likelihood that your post was spam is pretty high. We have specific forums where authors can promote their books. You say we asked for suggestions so I'm hoping you can give me a specific forum and thread so I can look into this.
Who told you your book suggestion was spam? Please name the member. I cannot help you without specific information.
What did they do after saying you were spamming? Did they delete your post? Edit your post? My moderators can delete and edit posts. Regular members can't do such things.
New authors and new members are welcome to suggest books in either the Fiction Book Suggestion Forum or the Non-Fiction Book Suggestion Forum. But not within any old thread within these forums. You will occasionally see threads created within these two forums that are asking for either suggestions or actual votes for books for group discussions. These threads have rules that must be read and followed. But I don't have any specific information about your case because you haven't shown me specifically what happened.
I'm confused too. We don't have a sci-fi forum.
Who smacked your hand? How?