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

In Accountability, American Book Publishing, Authors, Credibility, Investigations, Professionalism, Propaganda, Publishers, Publishing, Reputation, Reputation Management, Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers Association, Self-Publishing, SFWA, Victoria Strauss on May 31, 2011 at 7:33 pm

As you know, we’ve asked a simple question to Victoria Strauss and the Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers of America (SFWA): Show your evidence that American Book Publishing “has been the focus of at least one police investigation.” 

Consistent with the applicable Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) we have conducted some extensive (exhaustive) research with the agencies listed below. As a result, we have neither located evidence nor reports of any “investigation” involving American Book Publishing in these jurisdictions. The only “investigation” that we did locate involved a “theft” at the residence of Ms. Nunn who had a break-in to her home and also sustained damage thereto. Pursuant to the request of many of our readers, we are releasing copies of our findings herein:

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

References


A Note to New Authors . . . is Victoria Strauss Lying?

Letter to the Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers of America

American Book Publishing, “Police Investigation” Victoria Strauss Fairy Tale?

UPDATED: April 4, 2011 – Boycott Victoria Strauss’ Books: Request to Reveal Evidence of “Investigation”

What was Victoria’s Motivation? Missing Pieces to the Puzzle

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More C.R.A.P. From Author, James D. Macdonald: Chutzpah, Simply Chutzpah!

In A.C., A.C. Crispin, Absolute Write, Accountability, Amazon, Amazon Rankings, Amazon Sales Rankings, Ann Crispin, Atlanta Nights, Authors, Credibility, Crispin, Filmmaker, Goy's Law, James D. MacDonald, Making Light, Money should flow toward the author, Mystery Writers of America, Professionalism, Propaganda, Publish America, Publishers, Publishing, Rachael Saltzman, Reputation, Reputation Management, Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers Association, Self-Publishing, SFWA, Travis Tea, Victoria Strauss, Writer Beware, Yog's Law on May 31, 2011 at 1:40 am

“ . . . From the fine folks who could have brought you Atlanta Nights (but lost the chance) . . . . In a surprise move that’s provoking derision from sea to shining sea, the guys who can’t sell your book to readers now want you to believe they can sell it to publishers. . . . “

James D. Macdonald

This quote by James D. Macdonald is demonstrative evidence of why every author needs to become a skeptic and why you need to utilize the C.R.A.P test. C.R.A.P. is an acronym for Currency, Reliability, Authority and Purpose and Point of View.

There are a couple of things here to take issue with. Did Publish America really miss an opportunity with Atlanta Nights (the book)? Not really. The book has a current Amazon Sales Ranking of 657,661. Few people (authors) are purchasing the book which is intended to assist the SFWA’s  Emergency Medical Fund. This book will never appeal to the general public and is nothing more than a self-serving endeavor and a pitiable literary masturbation get-together by it creators. Also, the funding for Atlanta Nights (the movie) failed to reach its goal. FACT: They were $18,702 shy of reaching their funding support. Also noteworthy,  James D. Macdonald and  his accomplices failed to publically contribute any financial support to this film project. However, Macdonald, Victoria Strauss and Ann “A.C.” Crispin all have heavily promoted the project. They all want the limelight but can’t kick in one shekel to support the efforts (Rachael Saltzman, filmmaker, are you feeling used yet?). This project has resulted in an epoch failure. The producers are scrambling and have had little to say on their website or Facebook page. Without the necessary “errors and omissions” insurance this project is tantamount to lawsuit bait.

While “Uncle Jim” [James D. Macdonald] claims that Publish America “can’t sell” an author’s book(s), his own Amazon Sales Rankings currently range from 50,962 – 7,572,732. Can you say chutzpah! Frankly, after a quick review, Publish America authors are kicking his New Hampshire-based toches. Many of whom have rankings as high as 32,016; 18,946 points ahead of James D. Macdonald. (Have you seen a James D. Macdonald book in a store?)

Authors don’t be fooled by this misleading propaganda. James D. Macdonald, in spite of his numerous published titles, is neither a house-hold name nor a New York Times best-selling author. Moreover, like his contemporaries, Ann Crispin and Victoria Strauss, James D. Macdonald relies on you to purchase his books and t-shirts. In addition, Yog’s Law, that James D. Macdonald authored, has created false expectations for new authors and is bursting with fallacies. These self-promotion efforts are off the chart and they exceed what one would normally expect from a “watchdog.” Have you noticed that on the Writer Beware site that Victoria Strauss and Ann Crispin both have links for you to purchase their books? (See the links on the right.) This site is “sponsored by the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America with additional support from the Mystery Writers of America,” both non-profit organizations. Can you say inurement? Chutzpah, Simply Chutzpah!

References

“Making Light.” Patrick & Teresa Nielsen Hayden. 29 May 2011. Web. 30 May 2011. <http://nielsenhayden.com/makinglight/&gt;.

When the Facts are Not on Your Side, Edit it: How Teresa Nielsen Hayden Manipulates the Truth

In A.C. Crispin, Absolute Write, American Book Publishing, Ann Crispin, Goy's Law, Investigations, James D. MacDonald, Making Light, Money should flow toward the author, Propaganda, Reputation, Reputation Management, Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers Association, Self-Publishing, SFWA, Teresa Nielsen Hayden, Victoria Strauss, Writer Beware, Yog's Law on May 26, 2011 at 10:15 pm

“The truth cannot be asserted without denouncing the falsehood.”

– Leslie Stephen

In an addendum to a Making Light posting, Teresa Nielsen Hayden stated as follows:

“They’ve [The Write Agenda] also posted a string of new blog entries denouncing me, Jim Macdonald, Yog’s LawAnn Crispin, and other usual suspects, and an open letter to SFWA in which they misspell multiple names, grossly misquote Jim Macdonald and Robin Bailey, and demand that SFWA discipline, expel, and repudiate Ann Crispin, Victoria Strauss, and Jim Macdonald in order to preserve SFWA’s good name.”

Let’s set the record straight and work through this narcoleptic babble. It is true that we denounced the individuals named above. We also have addressed the fallacies of Yog’s Law. In response, we introduced Goy’s Law. All we have ever asked for was the truth. For example:

Writer Beware: Who’s not minding the forum? Boobs, Bras & Panties?

A.C. Crispin Claims Strategic & Eloquent Books are Not Available in Local Bookstores 

American Book Publishing, “Police Investigation” Victoria Strauss Fairy Tale?

What was Victoria’s Motivation? Missing Pieces to the Puzzle

UPDATED: April 4, 2011 – Boycott Victoria Strauss’ Books: Request to Reveal Evidence of “Investigation”

Goy’s Law, The Flow of Money to an Author

A Note to New Authors . . . is Victoria Strauss Lying?

Updated: 4/25/11 Dispelling the Myth Behind Yog’s Law: The Fallacies with the Flow of Money to Authors

James D. MacDonald Furious Over Tate’s Challenges to Yog’s Law

Pop Quiz on Yog’s Law

Ann Crispin: ” . . .  Writer Beware never makes claims without documentation to back them up.”

The Write Agenda: The Right Company to Keep

QUERY: Does James D. Macdonald Have a Criminal History?

Invitation to James D. Macdonald: Show your Criminal History

Do you notice how these “flying monkeys” evade the truth? The mission is to get the reader off topic, attack the opponent and fail to comment on the real issues. If the worse thing that we are accused of is misspelling names, at least it has little to do with intelligence.

James D. Macdonald and Robin Bailey were not “grossly” misquoted in any of our postings. This is a great example of how Teresa Nielsen Hayden is editing and manipulating the truth. All of our postings have been properly vetted and attributed in the reference sections. Both of these gentlemen are in fact the authors of the following quotes. We defy Teresa Nielsen Hayden to provide evidence that these are misquotes:

“But only if she strips down to bra-and-panties first.”

–          James D. Macdonald

“I do it for power and popularity. It’s all about the power. And the popularity. Really. It used to be about fame, fortune and free sex.”

–          Robin Wayne Bailey[1]

We did not request that the SFWA discipline, expel and repudiate Ann Crispin, Victoria Strauss and James D. Macdonald “in order to preserve SFWA’s good name.” We did say that these individuals have brought “disgrace” and “dishonor” to their organization. To wit:

“Based on the circumstances listed above, we believe that there is “good and sufficient cause” for the expulsion of each of the members listed above. At the minimum, some form of disciplinary action should ensue for the disgrace and disingenuous activities that they have engaged in; not to mention the dishonor they have brought upon the organization.

–          The Write Agenda

Whether the SFWA has a “good name,” or not, remains to be seen. As long as they continue to be an accomplice to the apparent lies of Victoria Strauss, that name will continue to be questioned. Therefore, Teresa Nielsen Hayden’s narcoleptic babble has been deemed pure C.R.A.P. Readers, this is demonstrative evidence of why you need to be skeptical of these “flying monkeys” postings and utilize the C.R.A.P test. C.R.A.P. is an acronym for Currency, Reliability, Authority and Purpose and Point of View. Purported “truths” will never prevail where the falsehoods are denounced.

“With a pen in my hand I have successfully stormed bulwarks from which others armed with sword and excommunication have been repulsed.”

–          Georg C. Lichtenberg

References

“I Need a Prompt – Page 2 – Absolute Write Water Cooler.” Absolute Write. Web. 18 Mar. 2011. <http://www.absolutewrite.com/forums/showthread.php?t=207975&page=2&gt;.


[1] See “Reason 13”in the Volunteer Section at http://www.sfwa.org/about/volunteers/

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SFWA Treasurer, Amy Sterling Casil, Announces Utilization of “Atlanta Nights” Proceeds

In Amazon Rankings, Amazon Sales Rankings, Amy Sterling Casil, Atlanta Nights, Credibility, Filmmaker, Making Light, Propaganda, Rachael Saltzman, Reputation, Reputation Management, Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers Association, SFWA, Travis Tea on May 25, 2011 at 9:59 pm

Amy Sterling Casil, Treasurer, of the Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers of America (SFWA), recently stated on a Making Light posting : “Just wanted to point up the fact that the Atlanta Nights proceeds so far have gone to the Emergency Medical Fund. That’s worth about 100,000 defamatory nattering nabobs.”

FACT: Atlanta Nights (the book) has a current Amazon Sales Ranking of 847,062. The book was published in 2005. If an Amazon Sales Ranking of 1,000,000 equates to 3 copies sold every 500 days and there’s been approximately 2190 days since publication, just how much is “100,000 defamatory nattering nabobs” really worth? Well, that may buy a few boxes of band-aids.

SIDE BAR: Update 5/16/11: “Atlanta Nights” UNFUNDED, $18,702 Shy of Funding Support

Rank Copies Sold/day
1 3000
10 650
100 100
1000 13
10,000 2.2 (11 copies every 5 days)
100,000 0.2 (1 copy every 5 days)
1,000,000 0.006 (3 copies every 500 days)
2,000,000 0.0001 (1 copy every 1000 days)

References

Making Light: The Write Agenda: The Wrong Company to Keep.” Patrick & Teresa Nielsen Hayden. Web. 25 May 2011. <http://nielsenhayden.com/makinglight/archives/012966.html>.

The Write Agenda, 2011 Book Expo America, Associates Information

In Uncategorized on May 19, 2011 at 1:10 pm

TO: The Write Agenda (TWA) Associates

We have finalized our itinerary and coordinated your team projects. The link below will provide you with your hotel, transportation and ticket information. Team Leaders, we will be meeting the evening before BEA at the New York Marriott Marquis.

2011 BEA Associates Log In

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Invitation to James D. Macdonald: Show your Criminal History & Military Records

In Accountability, Authors, Credibility, Criminal History, Investigations, James D. MacDonald, Making Light, Money should flow toward the author, Professionalism, Propaganda, Publishers, Publishing, Reputation, Reputation Management, Self-Publishing, Strategic Book Group, Teresa Nielsen Hayden, Travis Tea, Victoria Strauss, Writer Beware, Yog's Law on May 12, 2011 at 1:44 pm

Mr. James D. Macdonald,

In a May 6, 2011 post on the Making Light site, you re-posted an email, from 2007, which was attributed to Strategic Book Group’s President, Robert Fletcher. The implication was that you have a criminal history. Ironically, there’s no express denial from you regarding a criminal history. Your only defense was: “First thing is, Bouncing Bobby (since he doesn’t know much about books and writing, or the selling of same to the public) thinks that being a known criminal is a bar. It isn’t. E.g.: Willie SuttonEdward Bunker.”

Are you a known criminal? Do you have a criminal history? It may not be a bar to being a author; but it does call into question everything that you, as a “watchdog,” have posted about others and their shortcomings,  your credibility and any non-profit affiliations you may have. In the spirit of Sutton’s Law, additional research requires one to consider what is most observable and discoverable. Additional research will confirm or deny whether primary source material reveals evidence of this claim. Mr. James D. Macdonald you could have eliminated any suspicion with a simple denial of any history of criminal activity. You didn’t. Now, we’re curious.

Please grant us access to your FBI Criminal History and Military Records. We have attached the forms that can be returned to us via email.

Click Here: FBI Criminal History
Click Here: Military Records Request

Sincerely,

The Write Agenda

For more information:

QUERY: Does James D. Macdonald Have a Criminal History?

References

 “Sutton’s Law.” Wikipedia, the Free Encyclopedia. Web. 07 May 2011. <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sutton’s_law&gt;.

V6.00.2900.3028, Microsoft MimeOLE. “Making Light: Robert Fletcher, Part VI: The Monster and the Critics.” Patrick & Teresa Nielsen Hayden. Web. 07 May 2011. <http://nielsenhayden.com/makinglight/archives/011586.html&gt;.

Victoria Strauss — Someone Out There Doesn’t Like Us (And We Don’t Care).” Writer Beware™ Blogs! Web. 24 Mar. 2011. <http://accrispin.blogspot.com/2006/05/victoria-strauss-someone-out-there.html>.

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The Write Agenda by The Write Agenda is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 Unported License. Based on all work at thewriteagenda.wordpress.com. Permissions beyond the scope of this license may be available athttps://thewriteagenda.wordpress.com.

© The Write Agenda, 2011. Unauthorized use and/or duplication of this material without express and written permission from The Write Agenda is strictly prohibited. Excerpts and links may be used, provided that full and clear credit is given to The Write Agenda with appropriate and specific direction to the original content. You must attribute the work in the manner specified by The Write Agenda (but not in any way that suggests that they endorse you or your use of the work). Please contact The Write Agenda for sample attributions.

Who Said Books Were Going Away? Amazon Expansion

In Amazon, Propaganda, Publishers, Publishing, Self-Publishing on May 9, 2011 at 3:32 pm

Amazon to Open Third Fulfillment Center in Indiana, Creating Hundreds of New Jobs.

Click Here for Press release

References

http://phx.corporate-ir.net/phoenix.zhtml?c=176060&p=irol-newsArticle&ID=1561283&highlight=

Non-Traditional Published Authors vs. “Watch Dogs” Amazon Sales Rankings May 8, 2011– 12:00 PM

In A.C., A.C. Crispin, Accountability, Amazon Sales Rankings, Ann Crispin, Authors, Credibility, Crispin, David L. Kuzminski, James D. MacDonald, Preditors & Editors, Propaganda, Publishers, Publishing, Reputation, Reputation Management, Self-Publishing, Victoria Strauss on May 8, 2011 at 4:11 pm
Non-Traditional Published Authors vs. “Watch Dogs”
Amazon Sales Rankings May 8, 2011– 12:00 PM

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