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First Edition Design Publishing APAs are prohibited from promoting their works via spam email (sure signs of spam: false “senders” or “reply to addresses, inoperable or nonexistent unsubscribe/remove options, multiple receipts of the same email, superfluous text designed to confuse spam filters, and misleading subject lines). First Edition Design Publishing APAs who are found to be spamming will risk termination of their account and removal of their works. If you believe you have been the recipient of a spam email from a First Edition Design Publishing APA, please forward the entire email message, with full headers on, support (@) FirstEditionDesign.com.
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