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Florida Literary Agency and Publisher Reaches Settlement on FDUTPA Litigation with Florida Attorney General

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Robert Fletcher, CEO, Successfully Overcomes Damaging Allegations and Declares that Settlement is a Victory When Dealing with any Government Agency.

“Anytime a business settles litigation with a government agency with no admission of guilt and no violation of the law, it can be considered a victory,” said Robert Fletcher, the CEO of a group of companies that have been dealing with government litigation for over six years.

“Unfortunately, most consumers believe that litigation equals guilt, but that simply isn’t true.  This suit should never have been filed,” Mr. Fletcher continued. “If the litigation had any merit, they would have pushed it harder and not taken six years to deal with it.  Furthermore, the attorney who filed against us was asked to leave her job for ethical and competency issues.  Mr. Fletcher went on to say that, “settlement was the best action for our constituents as it allows us to concentrate on the future and not continue to pour money down the legal drain hole of America’s quasi-political legal process. Most importantly, we want our authors to realize that this litigation did not include our current businesses.  The suit was only directed at older companies that had a completely different business model and had already been dissolved”.

Mr. Fletcher concluded by looking to the future. “With this settlement, our family of authors and employees can rest assured that our business principles are sound and fair.  I am extremely happy for our authors, clients, and employees who have had to deal with the uncertainties of this misguided litigation for the last six years.  We have now formally put this behind us and we feel stronger than ever.  Let’s get back to business.  We have our clients’ books to publish and sell and distribute around the world.  And we would like any potential client that turned away from us because of this issue to please reconsider joining us.”

Therefore, the witch hunt perpetrated by Victoria Strauss, Ann “A.C.” Crispin, Writer Beware and the SFWA has been discredited; the The Florida Attorney General is NOT ACTIVELY collecting complaints and information.

So, the question is, will Robert Fletcher again pursue legal action against Victoria Strauss, SFWA, Writer Beware & others?

For further reading see:

Florida Attorney General Investigated by the Florida State Inspector General – Strategic Book Publishing Prepares Countersuits.

Florida State Inspector General’s Final Report 

2013 SFWA ELECTION COVERAGE: Apology to The Write Agenda™ From Author, Jim Hines

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In a most sincere and so very heart-felt fashion, Author Jim Hines apologized to The Write Agenda™ for “getting [The Write Agenda’s] sockpuppets confused with those of Ms. Ba–  . . .  the ‘anonymous’ commenter from New Jersey.’” Mr. Hines was of course referring to Agent, Barbara Bauer and commented on our “cozy” relationship with Ms. Bauer. It kinda makes you misty . . .  does it not?

Firstly, we don’t know Ms. Bauer; we know of her and the alleged “bullying” that she’s gone through.

Secondly, we’re not “cozy” with Ms. Bauer.

Thirdly, we do know that Ms. Bauer filed a 42 count complaint that alleged defamation, tortious interference with prospective economic advantage, and conspiracy to defame. Basically, it was a cyber-bullying case.

Fourthly, we do know that the named defendants were: Jenna Glatzer, MacAllister Stone, James D. Macdonald, Kent Brewster and Ann “A.C.” Crispin, Patrick Niclsen-Hayden, Teresa Nielsen-Hayden, Miss Snark The Literary Agent, a fictitious name, David L Kuzminski, Thomas S. Tully, Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America, Inc., Victoria C. Strauss, Shweta NarayanLesia Valentine, Christina Walden, Wikimedia Foundation and Stephan Spencer. Do you recognize any of these names?

Fifthly, we know that the defendants were accused of the allegations stated here.

Sixthly, we know that a key Defendant, Jenna Glatzer, co-authored a book on “bullying” and it was published on August 7, 2007. The Bauer v. Glatzer case was filed on January 31, 2008. (How quickly [in five months] we forgot the message of the book regarding the “bullying threat on the internet.” Shame on you Jenna.)

So, after Jim Hines posted his “apology” who do you think were the first to reply to it? Well, of course, none other than two of the Defendants in the Bauer vs. Glatzer case: Victoria Strauss and the always narcoleptic Teresa Nielsen Hayden:

Babs [Barbara Bauer] has commented on my blog [*] a time or two using the real names of people who’ve criticized her. I can always tell it’s her–not just by the IP address, but because she can’t resist mentioning googlebombs, lewd licking actions, and/or Miss Snark.

Victoria Strauss, March 12th, 2013 at 10:59 pm

Cripes, Barbara Bauer and her obsession with “lewd licking actions.” It’s just embarrassing. Where’s C. Lee (Cheryl) Nunn? Doesn’t she usually turn up for these occasions?

Teresa Nielsen Hayden, March 13th, 2013 at 1:18 am

Are these not the most indignant people? Arrogant? They will never show any remorse for their despicable actions and the allegations that were presented against them. Yes, Mr. Hines you do have egg on your face. It’s not because of what you failed to do. It’s simply that you’re one of Victoria Strauss’ sockpuppets.

Fortunately, for Mr. Hines, he was not a defendant in the Bauer vs. Glatzer case. However, say (and feel) whatever you wish about Barbara Bauer, but remember, there was only one defendant in the Bauer v. Glatzer case that was exonerated . . . Wikipedia. the case was dismissed in part and the Court left the door open for the Plaintiff to refile . . . Judge Paul Kapalko and Judge Jamie S. Perri did allow Bauer and her agency to go forward without prejudice

* It’s interesting to find Victoria Strauss refer to Writer Beware as “my blog.” Note that the header on the Writer Beware site has changed. Also note how Strauss ripped-off the 2012 BEA award for “independent” bloggers.

 Could Author Jim Hines be the son of Debra Doyle & James Macdonald? (Oh, that’s Dr. Debra Doyle . . .  is her “Doctor” designation really legitimate? You know, they did question Barbara Bauer’s credentials. Things that make you go hmmmm.

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REFERENCES

American Book Publishing: No Case, No Criminal Contact & No Legal Action Taken | The Write Agenda™. (n.d.). The Write Agenda™ | We scrutinize claims made by others in the publishing industry to evaluate the transparency and accuracy of their reporting. Retrieved from http://thewriteagenda.wordpress.com/2011/10/24/american-book-publishing-no-case-no-criminal-contact-no-legal-action-taken/

Bauer vs. Glatzer | The Write Agenda™. (n.d.). Retrieved from https://thewriteagenda.wordpress.com/bauer-vs-glatzer/

Bullyproof Your Child For Life: Protect Your Child from Teasing, Taunting, and Bullying forGood: Joel Haber, Jenna Glatzer: 9780399533181: Amazon.com: Books. (n.d.).Amazon.com: Online Shopping for Electronics, Apparel, Computers, Books, DVDs & more. Retrieved from http://www.amazon.com/Bullyproof-Your-Child-Life-Taunting/dp/0399533184

Jim C. Hines » An Apology to The Write Agenda. (n.d.). Jim C. Hines. Retrieved March 14, 2013, from http://www.jimchines.com/2013/03/an-apology-to-the-write-agenda/

Teresa Nielsen Hayden | The Write Agenda™. (n.d.). Retrieved from https://thewriteagenda.wordpress.com/teresa-nielsen-hayden/

The Write Agenda™ | We scrutinize claims made by others in the publishing industry to evaluate the transparency and accuracy of their reporting. (n.d.). Retrieved from https://thewriteagenda.wordpress.com/

Why Victoria Stauss Should be Disqualified from the First Annual Independent Blogger Awards: Questions of Eligibility Remain Regarding the Meaning of “Independent” | The Write Agenda™. (n.d.). The Write Agenda™ | We scrutinize claims made by others in the publishing industry to evaluate the transparency and accuracy of their reporting. Retrieved from http://thewriteagenda.wordpress.com/2012/05/22/why-victoria-stauss-should-be-disqualified-from-the-first-annual-independent-blogger-awards-questions-of-eligibility-remain-regarding-the-meaning-of-independent/

Writer Beware™ . . . Were’s the Pledge of Support from the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America?` | The Write Agenda™. (n.d.). The Write Agenda™ | We scrutinize claims made by others in the publishing industry to evaluate the transparency and accuracy of their reporting. Retrieved from http://thewriteagenda.wordpress.com/2013/01/27/writer-beware-weres-the-pledge-of-support-from-the-science-fiction-and-fantasy-writers-of-america/

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THE 2013 SFWA PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION: HYPOCRISY, HERESY & HATE (PART III)

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(Part 3 of a 4 part series

Part III: John Scalzi Was No Moses – Evaluation of Leadership & the Potential to Lead

 Philosophically, I’m opposed to having only one candidate for a leadership position of any organization I am involved with. I don’t think it speaks well for the organizational health of the body; it suggests an apathetic membership. One can debate whether the membership is apathetic because the organization is not useful enough to be engaged in, or whether the membership is simply apathetic in a general sense (or both). Whatever the cause, it’s not an encouraging sign.” [Emphasis added]

-         John Scalzi

John Scalzi, in prior SFWA elections, ran for office unopposed. Has his opinion changed since 2007? Or, is this flip-flopping and waffling? Let’s evaluate Scalzi’s term in office and use some questions as the criteria (or balancing test) to evaluate the fitness of the 2013 candidates (i.e. Theodore Beale & Steven Gould). If you are a SFWA member, you should consider these prior to casting your vote.

In reviewing Scalzi’s departure sermon, do we really need to be made aware of his “personal” triumphs while he held office? It’s really no big secret that Scalzi (who wrote several books while in office), Victoria Strauss and Ann “A.C.” Crispin have used their positions with the SFWA to expand their marketing activities. True Leadership involves self-sacrifice . . . not self-promotion.

“ . . .  [I]f I am elected president, you should know now that I will view the position as something I am doing in addition to my writing career, not something of equal importance. I might as well be honest with you on that score.” [Emphasis added]

-         John Scalzi

A true leader identifies completely with his/her people (membership), their purpose and is willing to give up everything for them. Did Scalzi epitomize this kind of leadership? How much did he give of himself? That is, did he devote himself to undertaking the duties and fulfilling his responsibilities relative to strengthening the SFWA membership? How much did he sacrifice? Did he sacrifice everything or was his own self-interest and self-promotion a version of his own “Golden Calf”? How encompassing was his commitment to the SFWA and its membership? Did his commitment extend to every member of the SFWA . . .  or, was it handed out arbitrarily or selectively? What steps were taken, during his term in office, to ensure the timely filing of compliance documents with state and federal officials?

“I’ve never expected SFWA to do anything for me because I require nothing from it. However, I have the luxury of regarding my membership as an affectation; other members of SFWA might actually want it to do something useful for them. I happen to think SFWA can be useful; I happen to think it doesn’t do a particularly good job of being useful.”

-         John Scalzi

Conversely, to what degree were all members of the SFWA able to connect with Scalzi? Was he accessible? How much influence did he weld? How effective has his leadership been? Are there still SFWA members that are in exile? As a “shepherd” did he sustain the external faith (i.e. non-members) in the organization . . .  thereby causing individuals to actually want to join the organization? Did he nurture faith (or doubt) with the members of the organization? Did the membership grow or deplete during his term in office? (Note: Beale and Gould have both raised concerns about “membership” in their platforms.) Did he take steps to effectuate a positive culture within the SFWA?

I’ve never expected SFWA to do anything for me because I require nothing from it. However, I have the luxury of regarding my membership as an affectation; other members of SFWA might actually want it to do something useful for them. I happen to think SFWA can be useful; I happen to think it doesn’t do a particularly good job of being useful

-         John Scalzi

During Scalzi’s term in office, based on the answers to these questions, what standards, if any, did he set for future Presidents of the SFWA? Would either of the two candidates want to emulate any of his leadership qualities . . .  or merely view it as an “affection”? A true leader is able to extend his commitment to everyone . . . even those that rise direct in opposition to his own values, beliefs and concerns. Your own answers to these questions should help you evaluate both of the 2013 candidates. In addition, we hope that the candidates internalize these criteria and update their platforms to address the SFWA’s current short comings.

“I’ve been a SFWA member long enough to know that it’s a fairly thankless position, with lots of herding cats and dealing with aggravating minutiae, and I have a career to look after at the moment.”

 -         John Scalzi

In our opinion, Scalzi was no Moses in terms of his leadership and commitment to the SFWA. The past election results appear to indicate that his popularity was questionable. In addition, upon first review of the current platforms, it appears that a vote for Steven Gould is a vote for John Scalzi.

COMING SOON:

Part IV: Organizational Partisanship & Biasness: The Need for Change

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REFERENCES

Annual Reports of SFWA are (were) a Fantasy: Conflicts with Bi-Laws, Responsible Leadership and Timeliness | The Write Agenda™. (n.d.). The Write Agenda™ | We scrutinize claims made by others in the publishing industry to evaluate the transparency and accuracy of their reporting. Retrieved from http://thewriteagenda.wordpress.com/2012/05/05/annual-reports-of-sfwa-are-were-a-fantasy-conflicts-with-bi-laws-responsible-leadership-and-timeliness/

Dissention on the Rise Within the Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers (SFWA): Scalzi’s Departure Raises Concern About Undesirable Presidential Candidate(s) and the Future of Writer Beware™ | The Write Agenda™. (n.d.). The Write Agenda™ | We scrutinize claims made by others in the publishing industry to evaluate the transparency and accuracy of their reporting. Retrieved from http://thewriteagenda.wordpress.com/2013/02/07/dissention-on-the-rise-within-the-science-fiction-fantasy-writers-sfwa-scalzis-departure-raises-concern-about-undesirable-presidential-candidates-and-the-future-of-writer-beware/

I Am NOT Running For SFWA President (Again) (Again) (Again) – Whatever. (n.d.).Whatever. Retrieved from http://whatever.scalzi.com/2013/01/14/i-am-not-running-for-sfwa-president-again-again-again/

Self-Promotion on Writer Beware™ . . . It’s an Everyday Occurance | The Write Agenda™. (n.d.). The Write Agenda™ | We scrutinize claims made by others in the publishing industry to evaluate the transparency and accuracy of their reporting. Retrieved from http://thewriteagenda.wordpress.com/2013/01/26/self-promotion-on-writer-beware-its-an-everyday-occurance/

THE 2013 SFWA PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION: HYPOCRISY, HERESY & HATE (PART I) | The Write Agenda™. (n.d.). Retrieved from https://thewriteagenda.wordpress.com/2013/02/28/the-2013-sfwa-presidential-election-hypocrisy-heresy-hate-part-i/

Whatever: SFWA President: I’m a Write-In Candidate. (n.d.). Scalzi.com — The online home of writer John Scalzi. Retrieved from http://www.scalzi.com/whatever/004960.html

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PASSION BLEW II: The Case Against Victoria Strauss, Ann “A.C.” Crispin, Writer Beware & Others

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For him who sausage loves . . .  As pages turn back and forth

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Somehow we didn’t care about that cat’s meow
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Feathers from the ducks we will borrow . . .  Walking the streets of Amherst within its glitter

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(Updated: 12/12/2011) Janrae Frank Comments Generate More “Smoke” than Substance to Shield Victoria Strauss and Writer Beware

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American Book Publishing “Investigation” Research Released: No Proof of Victoria Strauss’ Claims

The Write Agenda has not questioned the fact that Writer Beware has helped numerous individuals over time. They have without question. Somewhere along that positive history something has run afoul. The claim that “American Book Publishing has been the subject of at least one police investigation” is a primary example of how Writer Beware has forgotten its original mission and responsibility to provide true information.

Our demand, to force and compel Victoria Strauss, Ann “A.C.” Crispin and Writer Beware to produce substantiation of their claim that America Book Publishing “has been the subject of at least one police investigation” is hardly intimidation. So, authors, publishers and publishing industry professionals are just supposed to take Victoria Strauss, Ann “A.C.” Crispin and Writer Beware for their word? Without substantiation? Without verifiable proofs?

The real “intimidation” is the fact that Victoria Strauss, Ann “A.C.” Crispin and Writer Beware have posted this information, refuse to delete it and refuse to provide documentation that proves the claim. This is neither a grand jury investigation nor an investigative newspaper report. Both of these examples are not entitled to the protections of confidentiality and would be not be deemed privileged information; not to mention the fact that Victoria Strauss is not a professional investigative journalist and would not legally be permitted to claim these privileges to protect herself. The Write Agenda’s request has nothing to do with protecting police investigators. Police investigators could not remotely be claimed as “sources” as Janrae Frank would have you believe. Think about it, don’t individuals go “to” the investigators? Don’t “investigators” write police reports? Isn’t it not true that police reports are assigned incident numbers?

Contrary to Janrae Frank’s unfortunate “smoke screen,” the information contained within any “police investigation” is subject to discovery, available under the Freedom of Information Act, has an incident number and is not subject to any protections under the law (assuming that it actually exists). The fact here is that there never was a “police investigation” conducted against America Book Publishing. Victoria Strauss, Ann “A.C.” Crispin and Writer Beware know this and they cannot produce 1) an incident number; 2) what was American Book Publishing Investigated for; and 3) the name of the investigating police agency. This is true “intimation” and a it’s scam that has been perpetrated by Victoria Strauss, Ann “A.C.” Crispin and Writer Beware. Now, Janrae Frank has made the personal choice to attempt to deliberately cloud this further; that’s very unfortunate.

Janrae Frank, who is a well-respected American journalist, knows for a fact that “police investigations” are subject to discovery under the Freedom of Information; it is the most commonly used tool of any investigative reporter. Considering that Ms. Frank chose  to weigh in here, without any appreciation for the actual facts, it appears that she is more interested in participating in this viral controversy as a means to help her slumping book sales. Self-serving conduct? It appears to be. Her current Amazon Sales Rankings range from 315,555 to 3,405,977.  As an industry standard, an Amazon Sales Ranking of 100,000 equates to 1 copy every 5 days; 2,000,000 equates to 1 copy every 1000 days. (We’ll track this and see if her strategy works.)

Bottomline: A police “investigation” is not subject to non-disclosure privileges. The Write Agenda has contacted all of the agencies listed below. You will not find in any of their correspondence to us that “a good journalist learns early is to protect their sources” or that they were concerned that “if those names were made public, then the complainants would soon find themselves under siege from ABP.” The entire claim that “American Book Publishing has been the subject of at least one police investigation” is a lie and a fabrication perpetrated by Victoria Strauss, Ann “A.C.” Crispin and Writer Beware. The letters from these agencies may be viewed here.

If there was a “police investigation” wouldn’t The Write Agenda have received something from one of these agencies that stated the information is protected and not available under the Freedom of Information? Fact: The Write Agenda did not . . . most of the replies clearly state that there is no documentation of any “police investigation.”

Police agencies seek the truth and from our research, they have accomplished that. They have given The Write Agenda proof that American Book Publishing was never the “subject of at least one police investigation.”

Agencies Contacted:

Salt Lake City Police DepartmentPublic Safety
Building

315 East 200 South, SLC
(801) 799-3000Pioneer Precinct
1040 West 700 South
(801) 799-4600
http://www.slcpd.com/index.phpUtah Highway
PatrolFirst Floor – South

4501 South 2700 West
PO Box 141100
Salt Lake City, Utah 84114-1100
Administration: (801) 965-4518 (During Business
Hours)

http://publicsafety.utah.gov/highwaypatrol/index.html

Department of Public Safety Investigations Bureau
5500 West Amelia Earhart Drive, Suite #100
Salt Lake City, Utah 84116 – (801) 532-2168

http://publicsafety.utah.gov/investigations/index.html

Federal Bureau of Investigation – Salt Lake City
257 East 200 South, Suite 1200 Salt Lake City, UT
84111-2048
Phone: (801) 579-1400
Fax: (801) 579-4500

Salt Lake County Sheriff’s Department
3365 South 900 West
Salt Lake City, UT 84119
Non-Emergency: 801.743.7000

http://www.slsheriff.org

South Salt Lake City Hall
220 E. Morris Ave (2430 South)
Salt Lake City, UT 84115

City Attorney, 2nd Floor 801-483-6070 801-464-6791

City Prosecutor, 2nd Floor 801-483-6070
801-464-6791

Police Department
2835 S Main St, South Salt Lake, UT 84115-3200

NON Emergencies 801-840-4000
Administration 801-412-3606
Investigations 801-412-3604
Ordinance Enforcement 801-464-6712
Records 801-412-3600

http://www.ssl.state.ut.us/government/contactus.htmlhttp://www.ssl.state.ut.us/police/policedepthome.html

Utah State Capitol Office
Office of the Attorney General
Utah State Capitol Complex
350 North State Street Suite 230
SLC UT 84114-2320
FAX: (801) 538-1121

http://attorneygeneral.utah.gov/contact_us.html

Salt Lake City, Prosecutors Office
349 South 200 East, Suite 500Salt Lake City, Utah,
801.535.7767

http://www.slcgov.com/Prosecutor

Salt Lake County Prosecutors Office
Investigations Division
111 E Broadway Suite 400
Salt Lake City, Utah 84111
Tel: (801) 531-4189
Fax: (801) 531-4137

http://www.districtattorney.slco.org/admin/contact.html

Clearly Janrae Frank chose to utilize propaganda strategies (Ad hominem and Red herring) in her confutation. For example, instead of rebutting the original complaint (i.e., Author, Victoria Strauss’ Failure to Produce Documentation of Police Investigation Regarding American Book Publishing) she is attacking us instead rebutting the original argument. Also, she is presenting new issues (i.e., the Freedom of Information Act) in a compelling fashion, but it is irrelevant to the question whether Author, Victoria Strauss Failed to Produce Documentation of Police Investigation Regarding American Book Publishing. She somehow seems to think that this validates or implies that we are misleading people.  (Note: She has also posted on Twitter that: “The Write Agenda has gone after me.” We fail to see how this amiable debate has escalated to that level.)

There’s no need for Janrae Frank to “school” us any more on the Freedom of Information Act. We all understand its purpose regarding public records as they apply to legal actions. However, in this instance we are dealing with a “police investigation” not a legal action. The application of the Freedom of Information Act is irrelevant and further discussion about it is an act of obfuscation. Admittedly, it was a very noteworthy review but really serves no purpose regarding this issue.

Transparency is all that we have asked for. Victoria Strauss and Writer Beware are responsible for making the initial claim that “American Book Publishing  has been the subject of at least one police investigation.” Merely posting this on a blog is not proof that  “American Book Publishing  has been the subject of at least one police investigation.” Victoria Strauss and Writer Beware have not been transparent in this regard. As a result thereof, we have sought to make this claim transparent by contacting the agencies within the jurisdiction where the “police investigation” allegedly occurred. When documentation and research fails to uncover evidence of a “police investigation,” transparency is impossible. The ongoing acts of denying, deferring and dismissing, by Victoria Strauss and Writer Beware, can no longer continue; it impedes the quest for transparency.

As self-proclaimed publishing industry “watchdogs,” Victoria Strauss and Writer Beware are ethically responsible to produce this evidence. What is dreadfully transparent is that their failure to do so only serves to call into question their credibility. This could be easily accomplished by providing primary source material of a “police investigation.” This would include: 1) the name of the investigating police agency; 2) supplying an incident number; and 3) state exactly what America Book Publishing “investigated” for. The failure of Victoria Strauss to provide this information lends itself to a meaningless claim and doesn’t support the necessity of challenging other disputed claims; that’s another issue. If the three (3) questions above cannot be answered, this “investigation” has to be deemed a falsehood that was conceived with other motives. Transparency will only occur when this evidence is provided. The sooner this happens the matter can be resolved and we can all move on to other issues. If it cannot be supplied, Victoria Strauss and Writer Beware would be well advised to begin using some different PR strategies; denying, deferring, inciting followers and dismissing these accusations aren’t working:

1. Fess up.

2. Have some “humble pie” and display some remorse.

3. Strive for atonement and clean up this mess they made.

4. Rehabilitate themselves, restore faith and trust by utilizing objective (not bias) reporting standards.

The Write Agenda is striving to bring this matter to a close. If we have been incorrect in our pursuit for transparency, we’ll gladly take our own advice publicly (1-4 above). We all want transparency, if this cannot be achieved this matter will stay in the forefront and will continue to be a blemish on Victoria Strauss and Writer Beware.

10/10/2011 Update

Yes, we have claimed that your discussion of the FOIA was both Ad Hominem and a Red Herring. No, we have not invoked FOIA as proof of any claims here or on our website. What we have done is completed document searches and posted the results thereof. Our act of posting these letters from the agencies cast doubt on the veracity of the statement of Victoria Strauss and Writer Beware that “American Book Publishing was the subject of at least one police investigation.” Our only statement is that we cannot find any evidence of a “police investigation.” We are not going to rely solely on an unvetted blog posting as proof that a “police investigation” occurred. Regardless of what methods are deployed to secure information in this matter, if evidence does not exist “that casts in doubt the veracity” of the statements made by Victoria Strauss and Writer Beware.

Now you appear to be making a similar statement without documentary evidence to back it up. To wit: “ABP was investigated in 2003 by the Salt Lake City police department. The detective assigned to the case was Robbin Wilkins.” Your act of merely reciting a statement from a blog posting is also not definitive proof of an actual “police investigation.” In addition, since you have chosen to take on the chore of “investigating” this matter further, this suggests that you are now questioning whether evidence of a “police investigation” exists yourself. This is a positive step; we could only wish that others would be as inquisitive. What is most ironic is that this proves that you are not willing to solely rest on Victoria Strauss’ statements including: 1) she doesn’t have an “obligation to ‘prove’ anything;” 2) that she stands on her “reputation for honesty and meticulous research; 3) that she is willing to simply  “let people judge for themselves;” and 4) that you are not satisfied solely with her confidential “documentation [that] includes emails from individuals as well as [her] handwritten notes of the phone conversations [she] had with both investigators” as proof of a “police investigation.”

We are actually flattered that you have the courage to take the time to be objective. However, it’s distressing (and unfortunate) that you have to pursue information that should have been made available by Victoria Strauss and Writer Beware. We wish you well in your endeavors. We also pray that your efforts reveal the existence of a “police investigation” with a corresponding incident number. In the event that your efforts are inconclusive, we also hope that you have the resilience to publicly admit it.

10/14/2011 Update

After going into great detail regarding your skills as a journalist, we would think that you would have posted primary source material to “speak for itself.” Attaching a blog posting from a disgruntled author, while it may lead to primary source material, is not proof that a real investigation ever occurred. Therefore, the doctrine of res ipsa loquitur does not apply to this pitiable attachment.

Journalists, as yourself, are held to a higher standard in reporting and presenting evidence. We do hope that your independent research activity leads you to a trail of primary source material including, but not limited to, documented evidence of a “police investigation” with a corresponding incident number. In the event that an “investigation” is proven to have occurred, information that retracts and/or exonerates the publisher needs to be included. For example, if there was no prosecution, or if the matter was closed due to a deficiency of evidence towards proving the complaint, reporting ethics require a full disclosure of the disposition of the “investigation.”

10/24/2011: American Book Publishing: No Case, No Criminal Contact & No Legal Action Taken

 

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Bauer vs. Glatzer: Letter from the University of California – San Diego

In A.C. Crispin, Absolute Write, Accountability, Ann "A.C." Crispin, Atlanta Nights, Authors, BARBARA BAUER, BARBARA BAUER LITERARY AGENCY, blog postings, books, Credibility, Crispin, David L. Kuzminski, defamatory, Investigations, James D. MacDonald, Jenna Glatzer, Kent Brewster, Law Suits, lawsuits, libelous, MacAllister Stone, Making Light, Miss Snark, Patrick Niclsen-Hayden, Pirates Of The Caribbean: Price Of Freedom, Preditors & Editors, Professionalism, Propaganda, Publishers, Publishing, Reputation, Reputation Management, Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers Association, Self-Publishing, SFWA, Shweta Narayan, Teresa Nielsen Hayden, The Literary Agent, The Write Agenda, Vanity Press, Victoria Strauss, Watchdog, Writer Beware, Yog's Law on September 22, 2011 at 7:55 pm

From the original complaint regarding the allegations against Defendant, Shweta Narayan:

“Defendant Shweta Narayan (“Narayan”) is employed at International Computer Science Institute, 1947 Center St., Suite 600, Berkeley, CA 94704. In or about November, 2006, defendant Narayan published a paper and abstract which contained numerous false and defamatory statements about plaintiffs Barbara Bauer and BBLA including, but not limited to, referring to plaintiff as “a literary agent AW[Absolute Write] had exposed as a scam artist,” and stating that “… Bauer claims to be a real literary agent…” and is a “well known scam artist.” On November 4, 2006, Narayan repeated her false and defamatory statements in a public talk at the University of California, San Diego. [Emphasis Added.]“

A letter from the University of San Diego regarding these allegations:

For PDF version, click here.


Victoria Strauss, Ann “A.C.” Crispin & Writer Beware: Just Tell the Truth!

In A.C., A.C. Crispin, Accountability, Ann "A.C." Crispin, Ann Crispin, Atlanta Nights, Author, Author Watch, Authors, Cease & Desist, Credibility, Crispin, defamatory, Extortion, false information, Infringement, Interviews, Intimidation, Investigations, Law Suits, lawsuits, libelous, Pirates Of The Caribbean: Price Of Freedom, Professionalism, Propaganda, Publishers, Publishing, Reputation, Reputation Management, Ripoff Report, Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers Association, Self-Publishing, SFWA, Travis Tea, Vanity, Vanity Press, Watchdog, Writer Beware on September 19, 2011 at 12:28 pm

Psalm 109: A Prayer for the Punishment of the Wicked

“Let [her] days be few .  . . . It cannot be wrong for an officer of justice to aim at this; to desire it; to pray for it. How strange it would be for a magistrate to pray “that a murderer or a traitor should be long lived!”

“And let another take [her] office – So every man [woman] acts, and practically prays, who seeks to remove a bad and corrupt man [woman] from office. As such an office must be filled by someone, all the efforts which he [she] puts forth to remove a wicked man [woman] tend to bring it about that ‘another should take his [her] office;’ and for this it is ‘right’ to labor and pray. The act does not of itself imply malignity or bad feeling, but is consistent with the purest benevolence, the kindest feelings, the strictest integrity, the sternest patriotism, and the highest form of piety.”

- Barnes’ Notes on the Bible

 

 

 

Additional Readings

Victoria Strauss: Click Here

Ann “A.C.” Crispin: Click Here

 

References

http://bible.org/seriespage/psalm-109-prayer-punishment-wicked

http://bible.cc/psalms/109-8.htm

Bauer vs. Glatzer et. al. – Summary of Allegations Against the Named Defendants

In A.C., A.C. Crispin, Absolute Write, Accountability, Ann "A.C." Crispin, Ann Crispin, Author, Author Watch, Authors, BARBARA BAUER, books, Christina Walden, Credibility, Crispin, David L. Kuzminski, Dee Power, defamatory, false information, INC., Investigations, James D. MacDonald, Jenna Glatzer, Kent Brewster, Law Suits, lawsuits, Lesia Valentine, MacAllister Stone, Making Light, Patrick Niclsen-Hayden, Pirates Of The Caribbean: Price Of Freedom, Preditors & Editors, Professionalism, Propaganda, Reputation, Reputation Management, Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers Association, Self-Publishing, SFWA, Shweta Narayan, Stephan Spencer, Teresa Nielsen Hayden, The Literary Agent, The Write Agenda, Thomas S. Tully, Travis Tea, Victoria Strauss, Watchdog, Wikimedia Foundation, Writer Beware, Yog's Law on September 18, 2011 at 2:51 pm

Bauer vs. Glatzer et. al.

Summary of Allegations Against the Named Defendants from the Original Complaint (The case was dismissed in part and the Court left the door open for the Plaintiff to refile).

BARBARA BAUER and BARBARA BAUER LITERARY AGENCY, INC. Plaintiffs vs. Jenna Glatzer and MacAllister Stone and James D. Macdonald and Kent Brewster and Ann C. Crispin and Patrick Niclsen-Hayden and Teresa Nielsen-Hayden and Miss Snark The Literary Agent, a fictitious name, and David L Kuzminski and Thomas S. Tully and Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America, Inc. and Victoria C. Strauss and Shweta Narayan and Lesia Valentine and Christina Walden and Wikimedia Foundation and Stephan Spencer Defendants.

Defendant Allegations in Complaint
Jenna Glatzer At times relevant to this lawsuit, Glatzer has owned and operated and been responsible for the content of an internet website called Absolute Write.com (“AW”).During the time that Glatzer owned and operated AW, she has published and continues to publish numerous false and defamatory statements about plaintiffs Barbara Bauer and BBLA on AW, including, but not limited to, posting a list of the “20 Worst Literary Agents”, which includes false and defamatory statements about Barbara Bauer, including the statement that Barbara Bauer is among agents that have no “…significant track record of sales to commercial (advance paying) publishers…,” claiming that plaintiff is not just a bad agent but a “scammer”, that she is among agents who “…vacuum out your savings account…” and “…lie to you…, “ and that she has threatened 2/3 of the internet at least once.” [NOTE: LOL, ROTHFL, Ms. Glatzer, actually co-authored a book on cyber-bullying; can you say: incongruent?
MacAllister Stone At times relevant to this lawsuit, Stone has owned and operated and been responsible for the content of an internet website called Absolute Write.com (“AW”)During the time that Stone owned and operated AW, she has published and continues to publish numerous false and defamatory statements about plaintiffs Barbara Bauer and BBLA on AW, including, but not limited to, posting a list of the “20 Worst Literary Agents”, which includes false and defamatory statements about Barbara Bauer, including the statement that Barbara Bauer is among agents that have no “…significant track record of sales to commercial (advance paying) publishers…,” including claiming that plaintiff is not just a bad agent but a “scammer”, that she is among agents who “…vacuum out your savings account…” and “…lie to you…,” and that she has threatened 2/3 of the internet at least once.”
James D. MacDonald Both on his own blog and on other sites on the internet MacDonald has published and continues to publish false and defamatory statements about plaintiffs Barbara Bauer and BBLA including, but not limited to, claiming that Barbara Bauer is among agents that have no “…significant track record of sales to commercial (advance paying) publishers…,” that she is among agents who “…vacuum out your savings account…” and “…lie to you…, “ and that she is a “…dodgy player.”
Kent Brewster Brewster has published and continues to publish numerous false and defamatory statements about plaintiffs Barbara Bauer and BBLA on Speculations, including, but not limited to, posting a list of the “20 Worst Literary Agents”, which includes false and defamatory statements about Barbara Bauer, including the statement that Barbara Bauer is among agents that have no “…significant track record of sales to commercial (advance paying) publishers…,” calling her the “Dumbest of the 20 Worst” agents, claiming that she has “…no documented sales at all…,” and accusing her of being a “…scammer…,” and of engaging in “…random nuttiness.”
Patrick Nielsen-Hayden At all times relevant to this lawsuit, P. N-Hayden has owned and operated and been responsible for the content of an internet website called “Making Light.”P. N-Hayden has published and continues to publish false and defamatory statements about plaintiffs Barbara Bauer and BBLA on Making Light, including, but not limited to, referring to plaintiff as “…a faux literary agent…,” “…scam agent Barbara Bauer…,’ ” ‘… kooky…” “… that lunatic…”, and questioning the legitimacy of her Ph.D. degree. [Emphasis Added.][NOTE: Bauer vs. Glatzer: Letter from St. John’s University Regarding Plaintiff’s Ph.D. Credentials]
Teresa Nielsen-Hayden At all times relevant to this lawsuit, T. N-Hayden has owned and operated and been responsible for the content of an internet website called “Making Light”.T. N-Hayden has published and continues to publish false and defamatory statements about plaintiffs Barbara Bauer and BBLA on Making Light, including, but not limited to, referring to plaintiff as “…a faux literary agent…,” “…scam agent Barbara Bauer…,”“…kooky…”“…that lunatic…”, and questioning the legitimacy of her Ph.D. degree. [Emphasis Added.][NOTE: Bauer vs. Glatzer: Letter from St. John’s University Regarding Plaintiff’s Ph.D. Credentials]
Ann “A.C.” Crispin Defendant Ann C. Crispin (“Crispin”) is an officer and active member of defendant Science Fiction Writers of America, Inc. (“SFWA”), PO Box 877, Chesterton, MD 21620.At times relevant to this lawsuit, Crispin has, along with defendant Victoria C. Strauss (“Strauss”) operated and been responsible for the content of an internet website called Writer Beware (“WB”) on behalf of the owner of Writers Beware defendant SFWA.During the time that Crispin has operated Writer Beware, she has published and continues to publish false and defamatory statements about plaintiffs Barbara Bauer and BBLA on WB, including, but not limited to, posting a list of the “20 Worst Literary Agents”, which includes false and defamatory statements about Barbara Bauer, including the statement that Barbara Bauer is among agents that have no “…significant track record of sales to commercial (advance paying) publishers…” This defamatory publication has been posted and quoted extensively on numerous other websites and blogs on the internet.Crispin has also published and continues to publish false and defamatory statements about plaintiffs on other blogs and websites including, but not limited to, claiming that plaintiff has “…no verified sales to real advance and royalty paying publishers,” and characterizing plaintiff as among a group of “questionable agents.” [Note: Crispin died September 6, 2013.
Victoria Strauss Defendant Victoria C. Strauss is an officer and active member of defendant Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America, Inc. (“SFWA”), PO Box 877, Chesterton, MD 21620, . . . .At times relevant to this lawsuit, Strauss has along with defendant Crispin operated Writer Beware on behalf of SFWA and been responsible for its content.During the time that Strauss has operated Writer Beware, she has published and continues to publish false and defamatory statements about plaintiffs Barbara Bauer and BBLA on WB, including, but not limited to, posting a list of the “20 Worst Literary Agents”, which includes false and defamatory statements about Barbara Bauer, including the statement that Barbara Bauer is among agents that have no “…significant track record of sales to commercial (advance paying) publishers…” This defamatory publication has been posted and quoted extensively on numerous other websites and blogs on the internet. Strauss has also referred to plaintiff on WB as a “…scam agent…” and alleged that she engages in “…dirty business practices…”Strauss has also published and continues to publish false and defamatory statements about plaintiffs on other blogs and websites including, but not limited to claiming that plaintiff has “…no documented and verified sales at all.”
Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America, Inc. (SFWA) Defendant SFWA is a corporation doing business at 332 LaGuardia Pl. #632, NY, NY 10012-1428 and PO Box 877, Chestertown, MD 21620.At times relevant to this lawsuit, SFWA has owned WB, and has operated it through its agents defendants Crispin and Strauus.As set forth at length in COUNTS THIRTEEN and FIFTEEN above, WB has published and continues to publish false and defamatory statements about plaintiffs including, but not limited to, posting a list of the “20 Worst Literary Agents”, which includes false and defamatory statements about Barbara Bauer, including the statement that Barbara Bauer is among agents that have no “…significant track record of sales to commercial (advance paying) publishers…” This defamatory publication has been posted and quoted extensively on numerous other websites and blogs on the internet. WB has also referred to plaintiff as a “…scam agent…” and alleged that she engages in “…dirty business practices…”SFWA has operated and continues to operate a website called “www.20worst agents.com” which has published false and defamatory statements about plaintiffs including alleging that plaintiff has “no sales.” It has also published indecent images of plaintiff, specifically a photo of plaintiff taken without permission from plaintiff’s agent’s website, which had superimposed on it indecent licking actions of the mouth. (Note: This domain http://www.20worst agents.com is parked, pending renewal, or has expired.)As the owner of WB defendant SFWA is responsible for its content.
Miss Snark, The Literary Agent Snark has published false and defamatory statements about plaintiffs Barbara Bauer and BBLA on its blog, including, but not limited to, calling plaintiff a “scam artist”, and referring to her associates as “her posse of dumbshits.” Snark has produced and caused to be published on You Tube videos about Barbara Bauer entitled “Crouching Snark, Hidden Dragon” and “Miss Snark’s Happy Hooker Crapstravaganza”, the purpose of which were to belittle and defame plaintiffs with false and defamatory images and statements about plaintiff.[Emphasis Added.]
Lesia Valentine [P]roduced the You Tube videos about Barbara Bauer entitled “Crouching Snark, Hidden Dragon” and “Miss Snark’s Happy Hooker Crapstravaganza”, featuring defendant Snark, which belittle and defame plaintiffs with false and defamatory images and statements about plaintiff Barbara Bauer. [Emphasis Added.]
Christina Walden In or about May 2006 Walden registered and began to operate a website called 20 worstagents.com, the very purpose of which was to defame plaintiffs and other literary agents. In a malicious attempt to injure plaintiffs personally and professionally Walden posted an indecent and defamatory photo of plaintiff Bauer superimposed on a list of agents which included BBLA. [Emphasis Added.]
David L. Kuzminski Defendant David L. Kuzminski (“Kuzminski”), address unknown, owns and operates a website called Preditors and Editors (P&E).Kuzminski has published and continues to publish numerous false and defamatory statements about plaintiffs Barbara Bauer and BBLA on P&E and other websites and blogs, including, but not limited to referring to plaintiff on numerous occasions as a “…scammer…” and a “…scam…” and stating that plaintiff”…doesn’t have any legitimate sales…” [Note: David L. Kuzminski died of an apparent heart attack on August 13, 2013; 24 days prior to the death of Writer Beware’s Ann “A.C.” Crispin.]
Thomas S. Tully Defendant Thomas S. Tully, (“Tully”), . . . has at times relevant to this lawsuit owned and operated (P&E).Tully has published and continues to publish numerous false and defamatory statements about plaintiffs Barbara Bauer and BBLA on P&E and other websites and blogs, including, but not limited to referring to plaintiff on numerous occasions as a “…scammer…” and a “…scam…” and stating that plaintiff”… doesn’t have any legitimate sales…”
Stephan Spencer Defendant Stephan Spencer (“Spencer”), . . .  owns and operates a website at writer.net.Defendant Spencer has published and continues to publish numerous false and defamatory statements about plaintiffs Barbara Bauer and BBLA on writers.net, including, but not limited to saying that plaintiff “…is a crook…,” “… a thief…,” “…is…scamming everyone…,” and is “…lying about her credentials,” by advertising the fact that she has a Ph.D. [Emphasis Added.][NOTE: Bauer vs. Glatzer: Letter from St. John’s University Regarding Plaintiff’s Ph.D. Credentials]
Wikimedia Foundation Defendant Wikimedia Foundation (“WF”), with offices at 200 Second Avenue South, # 358, St. Petersburg, FL 33701-4313, owns and operates Wikipedia, an online encyclopedia.Defendant WF has published and continues to publish numerous false and defamatory statements about plaintiffs Barbara Bauer and BBLA including, but not limited to, referring to plaintiff as “The Dumbest of the Twenty Worst” literary agents, and stating that she “no documented sales at all.”
Shweta Narayan Defendant Shweta Narayan (“Narayan”) is employed at International Computer Science Institute, 1947 Center St., Suite 600, Berkeley, CA 94704In or about November, 2006, defendant Narayan published a paper and abstract which contained numerous false and defamatory statements about plaintiffs Barbara Bauer and BBLA including, but not limited to, referring to plaintiff as “a literary agent AW[Absolute Write] had exposed as a scam artist,” and stating that “… Bauer claims to be a real literary agent…” and is a “well known scam artist.” On November 4, 2006, Narayan repeated her false and defamatory statements in a public talk at the University of California, San Diego. [Emphasis Added.][NOTE: Bauer vs. Glatzer: Letter from the University California of San Diego

Bauer vs. Glatzer

The Original Complaint: Click here)

Bauer vs. Glatzer et. al. – Summary of Allegations Against the Named Defendants

Bauer vs. Glatzer: Letter from St. John’s University Regarding Plaintiff’s Ph.D. Credentials

Bauer vs. Glatzer: Letter from the University California of San Diego

Do you have information or comments on this case? Please contact The Write Agenda

Bauer vs. Glatzer, Request for Information (Confidentiality Guaranteed)

August 2011 Updates: Click here

Reference

http://www.eff.org/files/filenode/wikimedia/BauerSecondAmendedComplaint.pdf

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B.A.D. Project (Boycotted Authors Distribution) [[PUBLIC]]

In A.C., A.C. Crispin, Absolute Write, Accountability, Amazon, Amazon Rankings, Amazon Sales Rankings, American Book Press, American Book Publishing, Amy Sterling Casil, Ann "A.C." Crispin, Ann Crispin, Atlanta Nights, Author, Author Contracts, Author Watch, Authors, Best Sellers, Bestsellers, Blackmail, Book Reviews, Book Signings, books, Credibility, Criminal History, Crispin, David L. Kuzminski, Dee Power, defamatory, Disney, e-books, ebooks, Extortion, false information, Filmmaker, Free e-book, Free ebook, Goy's Law, Infringement, Intimidation, Investigations, James D. MacDonald, Janrae Frank, Jenna Glatzer, Law Suits, lawsuits, libelous, MacAllister Stone, Making Light, New York Times, New York Times Best Sellers, P.N. Elrod, Patrick Niclsen-Hayden, Pirates Of The Caribbean: Price Of Freedom, Preditors & Editors, Professionalism, Propaganda, Publish America, PublishAmerica, Publishers, Rachael Saltzman, Reputation, Reputation Management, Ripoff Report, Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers Association, Self-Publishing, SFWA, Teresa Nielsen Hayden, The Write Agenda, Vanity, Vanity Press, Victor Cretella, Victoria Strauss, Watchdog, Writer Beware, Yog's Law on September 17, 2011 at 8:58 pm

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