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Remove the Writer Beware™ Panelists, Victoria Strauss & Richard C. White, From the 2013 ASJA Annual Writers Conference

In 2013 ASJA Annual Writers Conference, 2013 SFWA Elections, 2013 SFWA Presidential Election, A.C., A.C. Crispin, Ann "A.C." Crispin, Ann Crispin, BARBARA BAUER, Bauer vs. Glatzer, C. E. Petit, Charles E. Petit, Charles Emil Petit, Charlie. Petit, Crispin, PASSION BLEW II: The Case Against Victoria Strauss, Passion Blew!: Scamming the John Steinbeck Estate: The Case Against Attorney Charles E. Petit The Former Attorney for the Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers of America, Passion Blue, Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers, Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers Association, Victoria Strauss, Whatever, Writer Beware on March 31, 2013 at 11:50 pm

Dear ASJA, Officers, Members and 2013 ASJA Annual Writers Conference Attendees:

In re: The 2013 ASJA Annual Writers Conference, on Friday April 26, 2013 at 2:00 PM and the scheduled session:

Writer Beware! How to Avoid Publishing Scams, Ripoffs, Pitfalls, and Deadbeats: The rapidly changing publishing landscape creates opportunities, but also new hazards for writers: self-publishing pitfalls, underperforming agents, copyright hassles, and even outright scams. Recognize and avoid these problems. Our panel features writers operating on the front lines to protect writers’ rights and financial interests. [Emphasis added.]

We are writing to ask you to reconsider and remove the Writer Beware™ panelists, Victoria Strauss & Richard C. White, from this session.

The above panelists support extreme ideals that the majority of logical authors would oppose. The publishing community deserves appointed officials who do not hold extreme positions against truthful, selective and unbiased reporting. We deserve representatives who will reflect values before the publishing community.

We would like to provide some examples for you:

  • It (Writer Beware™) purports that it “shines a bright light into the dark corners of the shadow-world of literary scams, schemes, and pitfalls.” Selectively? Maybe? Sure, until the scam strikes at home base. In 2007 it did; and, it’s a SCAM of EPIC proportions. It involves the estate of Pulitzer Prize and Nobel Prize winning author John Steinbeck (i.e. The Grapes of Wrath (1939) and East of Eden (1952) and the novella Of Mice and Men (1937) . . . yes, that Steinbeck. Huge? We think so. Was the failure of Victoria Strauss & Writer Beware™ to report this scam an oversight or a case where they just turned their heads and looked the other way? Swimming with the sharks? What did this scam involve? In principle, it’s the kind of material that Writer Beware™ built its foundation on. Exposing scams that are relative to: 1) engaging in conduct involving dishonesty, fraud, deceit, or misrepresentation; 2) breaching fiduciary duties to a client; 3) obtaining an unreasonable fee; and 4) engaging in conduct which tends to defeat the administration of justice or to bring the courts or the legal profession into disrepute. These are the types of claims that spawned Writer Beware™ and its own version of their boycotts; otherwise known as their “Thumbs Down” lists. It’s time for the “bright light” to shine into the “dark corners of the shadow-world” of Victoria StraussAnn “A.C.” Crispin, Writer Beware™ and the Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers (SFWA). There’s one name we will not see on any Writer Beware ™ list and we’ll let you decide exactly why that happened. Who was this individual that engaged in conduct involving dishonesty, fraud, deceit, or misrepresentation; allegedly breached fiduciary duties to a client; purportedly obtained an unreasonable fee; and may have engaged in conduct which tends to defeat the administration of justice or to bring the courts or the legal profession into disrepute? Well, let’s take a close look at some of the relationships and links. Ann “A.C.” Crispin “thanked him for his help with the SFWA Writer Beware website.” In 2006, Jenna Glatzer (i.e. Bauer vs. Glatzer et al) thanked him for being a “scamhunter.” Victoria Strauss has referred to him as their” “favorite shark.” [Note that the word “shark” is slang for a lawyer. It’s also a term for “a person who preys greedily on others, as by cheating orusury” and/or as a verb to “to obtain by trickery or fraud; steal.”] He represented “people who claimed they were defrauded.” He also goes by “Jaws” on some of the infamous writer and author awareness blogs. He was also known as the “Authors Lawyer.” His ties to the Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers (SFWA), Writer Beware™, Ann “A.C.”Crispin and Victoria Strauss are well documented; he worked “closely” with them and had frequent correspondence with Teresa Nielsen-Hayden. He called Victoria Strauss a “colleague.” Who was this highly lauded “scamhunter”? Charles Emil Petit. Also known as Charles E. Petit, Charlie Petit and/or C.E. Petit. AKA “Jaws.” Charles E. Petit is also believed to be an Absolute Write Moderator and frequent contributor and commenter on Writer Beware ™. Confidential sources indicated to The Write Agenda™ that, at one time, all complaints and “cease & desist” letters regarding Writer Beware™ were to be directed to Charles E. Petit. On information and belief, it appears that he did accept service of process for several defendants in the Bauer vs. Glatzer in 2007. This may have also included Jenna Glatzer and Miss Snark.  Petit never actually represented any of the defendants. He couldn’t because he’s not licensed in New Jersey. He did accept service and then referred the case to local New Jersey attorneys. He was subjected to disciplinary action, by the Illinois Attorney Registration and Disciplinary Commission, after a complaint was filed by Nancy Steinbeck who was the former wife of John Steinbeck IV, the son of author John Steinbeck (see below). Charles Petit was the attorney of record for the SFWA and Writer Beware™. To read this case in its entirety please go the following link:

https://thewriteagenda.wordpress.com/2011/12/07/john-steinbeck-family-defrauded-by-writer-beware-sfwa-attorney-the-2007-scam-that-writer-beware-didnt-report-why/

  • A  blog posting by Writer Beware™, regarding American Book Publishing, raised our curiosity and inquisitiveness. Victoria Strauss has posted on numerous internet sites that American Book Publishing has been the subject of a police “investigation.” In addition, under its “Alerts for Writers” section, the Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers Association (SFWA) also states “American Book Publishing has been the focus of at least one police investigation.” Consistent with the applicable Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) we conducted some extensive (exhaustive) research with the appropriate law enforcement agencies. 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, an American Book Publishing principal who had a break-in to her home and also sustained damage thereto. The unanswered question to Victoria Strauss and the SFWA is “where is the investigation”? Where is the documentation and evidence? Based on these results, we believe that these are very serious allegations to be making if no such “investigation” has been undertaken. In the interest of good business ethics, these postings by Victoria Strauss and the SFWA should be deleted, retracted and apologies should come forth immediately if they are unable to produce any primary source material as evidence of an investigation. Considering the lack of evidence, it would also be interesting to know exactly what the true motivation was and why Victoria Strauss and SFWA posted this information. However,  at this URL: http://www.sfwa.org/for-authors/writer-beware/alerts/#American , if you follow the links, Victoria Strauss offers as “proofs” evidence secured from the Wayback Machine . . . an Internet archive service as proof of her claims. In response we contacted all enforcement agencies in the area and our findings may be read here:

https://thewriteagenda.wordpress.com/2011/10/24/american-book-publishing-no-case-no-criminal-contact-no-legal-action-taken/

    2. Victoria Strauss has proven what a low-life and class-less person she is:

Victoria Strauss Drops F-Bomb . . . Again: The F****** Lack of Class Continues

https://thewriteagenda.wordpress.com/2011/09/20/victoria-strauss-drops-f-bomb-again-the-f-lack-of-class-continues/

She even has no respect for the SFWA members running for office:

“SFWA members: this year it’s IMPORTANT to vote in the upcoming officer elections. Theodore Beale, a.k.a. Vox Day, is running for SFWA President. If you know the name, you’ll know why that’s scary. If you don’t, read the post below… My cat would be the better choice. And my cat is dead.” [Emphasis added]

Victoria Strauss on Facebook 2/1/13

See:

https://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/

  • Victoria Stauss was a defendant in the Bauer vs. Glatzer case. The case, in our opinion, was nothing more than a cyber-bullying case. The allegations against Victoria Strauss included: Victoria Strauss published false and defamatory statements about plaintiffs Barbara Bauer and BBLA on WB (i.e. Writer Beware™), 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 was been posted and quoted extensively on numerous other websites and blogs on the internet. Strauss has also referred to Barbara Bauer on WB (i.e. Writer Beware™), 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.” There was only one Defendant exonerated in this case . . . Wikipedia. See:

https://thewriteagenda.wordpress.com/bauer-vs-glatzer/

  • Victoria Strauss stole the First Annual Independent Blogger Award at the 2012 BEA Convention:

https://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/

Please . . . seriously, examine your conscience. Having Victoria Strauss and Richard White on this panel is a joke and an embarrassment to your organization. Furthermore, having these two individuals on this panel will prove to be a joke and an embarrassment for those attending this conference.

Thank you for your consideration of our position regarding these important issues. We welcome you comments.

Sincerely,

The Write Agenda™

https://thewriteagenda.wordpress.com

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Victoria Strauss . . . The First to Bitch About Your Typo . . . Opps!

In Victoria Strauss, Writer Beware on March 29, 2013 at 2:05 am

 

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2013 SFWA ELECTION COVERAGE: The John Scalzi Book Tour 2013 . . . Show Up and Remind Scalzi of How He Pimped Out the SFWA

In John Scalzi, Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers, SFWA, SFWA 2013 Elections, Steven Gould, Writer Beware on March 29, 2013 at 1:37 am

Here it is folks, the John Scalzi 2013 Book Tour . . . Show Up and Remind Scalzi of How He Pimped Out the SFWA. Isn’t ironic that this effort begins on the eve of his departure as SFWA President. Again, show up and remind Scalzi of how He pimped out the SFWA. Protest Scalzi’s appearances and send email to these sponsoring locations. Also, write letters to the the local media and educate them on how Scalzi “won” his position on only 11% of of the the SFWA electorate. The Write Agenda will post the contract information for these locations.

Saturday and Sunday, April 20 and 21
LA Times Book Fest (Panel and signing on Sunday)
Los Angelas, CA

Friday-Sunday, April 26-28
C2E2 (Panel on 4/27)
Chicago, IL

Thursday-Sunday, May 2-5
RT Booklovers Convention
Kansas City, MO

Saturday, May 11
Mysterious Galaxy 20th Anniversary Party
San Diego, CA

Tuesday, May 14, 7:30 pm
Mysterious Galaxy (Redondo Beach)
Redondo Beach, CA

Wednesday, May 15
Borderlands Books
San Francisco, CA

Thursday, May 16, 7:00 pm
Books, Inc
Mountain View, CA

Monday, May 20, 7:00 pm
University Books (at University Temple)
Seattle, WA

Tuesday, May 21, 7:00 pm
Powell’s
Portland, OR

Thursday, May 23, 4:00 pm
A Room of One’s Own
Madison, WI

Friday-Sunday, May 24-26
Phoenix Comic Con
Phoenix, AZ

Saturday, May 25, 2:00 pm
Poisoned Pen
Phoenix, AZ

Tuesday, May 28, 6:00 pm
Booksellers at Laurelwood
Memphis, TN

Friday, May 29, 7:00 pm
Quail Ridge Books
Raleigh, NC

Saturday, May 30
Eagle Eye
Atlanta, GA

Tuesday, June 4, 7:00 pm
Joseph Beth
Cincinnati, OH

Wednesday, June 5, 7:00 pm
Joseph Beth
Lexington, KY

Thursday, June 13, 7:00 pm
Books & Co.
Dayton, OH

Saturday, June 15, 3:00 pm
Barnes and Noble
Woodmere, OH

2013 SFWA ELECTION COVERAGE: Latest Beale & Gould Blog Postings

In 2013 SFWA Elections, 2013 SFWA Presidential Election, A.C., A.C. Crispin, Ann "A.C." Crispin, Ann Crispin, Dan Moore, Jenna Glatzer, John Scalzi, John Steinbeck, Mystery Writers of America, Nancy Steinbeck, Passion Blew, PASSION BLEW II: The Case Against Victoria Strauss, Passion Blew!: Scamming the John Steinbeck Estate: The Case Against Attorney Charles E. Petit The Former Attorney for the Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers of America, Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers Association, SFWA, SFWA 2013 Elections, The Write Agenda, Victoria Strauss, Writer Beware on March 29, 2013 at 1:09 am

We’re pleased to see Theodore Beale engaged once again as a candidate for the 2013 SFWA Presidency. He’s starting to look more and more “Presidential.” For those of you who would like to see it, it’s here. We applaud Mr. Beale, again, for being active in this 2013 SFWA Election process. Steven Gould has finally come out and expressed something that is important to him . . . .  Authors, don’t use the# (hash mark) to promote your book(s) on Twitter. Yes, he attacked Author Dan Moore of this serious infraction. Seriously???

gould1Are there not more pressing issues for the SFWA? Mr. Gould, as a prospective President for the SFWA, why have you not challenged Victoria Strauss and Ann “A.C.” Crispin for utilizing  SFWA resources (i.e. Writer Beware) to promote their books on the the site? We, The Write Agenda, rest our case. Steven Gould is the “status quo” candidate for the SFWA.

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References

 

Steven Gould (StevenGould) on Twitter. (n.d.). Retrieved from https://twitter.com/StevenGould

 

THE 2013 SFWA PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION: HYPOCRISY, HERESY & HATE (PART II) | 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 https://thewriteagenda.wordpress.com/2013/03/01/the-2013-sfwa-presidential-election-hypocrisy-heresy-hate-part-ii/

Vox Popoli: How not to be SFWA president III. (n.d.). Vox Popoli. Retrieved from http://voxday.blogspot.com/2013/03/how-not-to-be-sfwa-president-iii.html

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

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DEFAMATION: Cretella v. Kuzminski – The Case Against Preditors & Editors David L. Kuzminski

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Passion Blew!: Scamming the John Steinbeck Estate: The Case Against Attorney Charles E. Petit The Former Attorney for the Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers of America

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2013 SFWA ELECTION COVERAGE: Our Endorsement for SFWA President . . .

In 2013 SFWA Elections, 2013 SFWA Presidential Election, A.C., A.C. Crispin, Ann "A.C." Crispin, Ann Crispin, BARBARA BAUER, BARBARA BAUER LITERARY AGENCY, Bauer vs. Glatzer, Crispin, Jenna Glatzer, Jim C. Hines, John Scalzi, John Steinbeck, Mystery Writers of America, Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers Association, SFWA, SFWA 2013 Elections, Steve Gould, Steven Gould, Strauss, The Write Agenda, The Write Company to Keep, Theodore Beale, Victoria Strauss, Vox Day, Watchdog, Whatever, Writer, Writer Beware, Writer Beware & Others, Writers on March 18, 2013 at 2:39 am

 When great changes occur in history, when great principles are involved, as a rule the majority are wrong. The minority are right.

Eugene V. Debs

As most of you know by now, John Scalzi is stepping down as president of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America at the end of his term, which concludes on June 30. On July 1, the organization will have a new president. Theodore Beale and Steven Gould have both announced that that they are running for the position. Steven Gould’s announcement made John Scalzi “happy” and he “fully and unreservedly” endorsed him for President of the SFWA. This has been the extent of Steven Gould’s “campaign” for the SFWA Presidency. If you’re Steven Gould, the strategy is simple: post a vague platform by the deadline, receive an endorsement from the outgoing president and then . . .  say or do nothing else. Then what? Anticipate a landslide victory? We think not. We think that this will be the most heavily voted election in the SFWA’s history.

Gould’s lack of campaigning raises many questions. His laid-back campaign (i.e. say or do nothing else ) and lack of proactively should serve as a warning; more of the same? Gould appears to be the proverbial yes-man.

Scalzi, who has had an ongoing feud with Beale, posted an endorsement for Gould that is transparent and lacks credibility. Beale, by contrast, has been very proactive and continues to campaign for the position. This is the perfect time for a shake up within the SFWA and Writer Beware™. It is readily apparent that change within the SFWA and Writer Beware™ is both timely and necessary.  Change would bring about more responsible reporting of literary scams and move Writer Beware™ back into a credible and worthwhile resource for the publishing industry; something that it has lacked for a long time.

Public criticism of the internal processes and workings of the SFWA (and Writer Beware™) are vital to this election process. It is rare for those within the SFWA to be so openly critical. Nevertheless, it should prove to be quite entertaining to monitor. Considering that Scalzi was voted in on only 11% of the members votes, hopefully this will result in a higher voter turnout.

 A Woman’s View of “Vox Day”

Aha! you say. You’re one of those virulent feminists who hates Vox Day! I’m not, to be honest. …. I … discovered … how very coldly logical he was, and in a way that most people couldn’t follow. This led me to believe that Vox Day is a master . . . who directs the dichotomous thinking of others . . . most people, I’ve found, are black and white thinkers, even if they boast high intelligence…. He also approaches fantasy in the way I prefer it–as a scholar… his historical perspective is very well done…. At the end of the day, what one needs to bring heart to one’s parched modernity is a warrior scholar.[Emphasis added.]

Jill Domschot

 Theodore Beale, while being the first to throw his hat in the ring, clearly is the underdog and “minority” in this election,   He was born during 1968, is an American writer, sometimes using the pseudonym Vox Day. He has also designed computer games and been a musician.

Beale graduated from Bucknell University in 1990. Between 1992 and 1994 he was a member of the electronic band Psykosonik, which recorded two Billboard Top 40 club play hits. In 1993, together with Andrew Lunstad, he founded a video game company named Fenris Wolf. They developed the game Rebel Moon in 1995, and its sequel Rebel Moon Rising in 1997. Fenris Wolf was developing two games,Rebel Moon Revolution and Traveler for the Sega Dreamcast, when it closed in 1999 after a legal dispute with its retail publisher GT Interactive. In 1999, under the name Eternal Warriors, Beale and Lunstad released The War in Heaven, a biblical video game published by Valusoft and distributed by GT Interactive.

In 2000, Beale published The War in Heaven, the first in a series of fantasy novels with a religious theme, entitled The Eternal Warriors which are “about good versus evil among angels, fallen and otherwise”. The third in the series was published in 2006. Beale is a member of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America (SFWA), and was a member of the Nebula Award Novel Jury in 2007. He is a contributor to the Black Gate blog, and under his pseudonym Vox Day, he wrote a weekly video game review column and other features for the St. Paul Pioneer Press. He presently uses the pen name for a conservative blog and a weekly opinion column at World Net Daily (where his father was formerly a board member) and in the past was nationally syndicated by Universal Press Syndicate.

In 2008, as Vox Day, he published The Irrational Atheist: Dissecting the Unholy Trinity of Dawkins, Harris, and Hitchens, a nontheological book devoted to criticizing the arguments presented in various books by atheist authors Richard Dawkins, Sam Harris, Christopher Hitchens, Daniel Dennett, and Michel Onfray. The book was named a 2007 Christmas recommendation by the conservative magazine, National Review. Beale’s 2008 book, Summa Elvetica: A Casuistry of the Elvish Controversy, was nominated for an American Christian Fiction Writers award in 2009.

Beale holds the design patent for WarMouse, a computer mouse with 18 buttons, a scroll wheel, a thumb-operated joystick, and 512k of memory.

Beale speaks German and Italian. He has three children.

Theodore Beale’s Books as sole author:

A Throne of Bones (2012) ISBN 978-1-935929-82-6

A Magic Broken (2012) ISBN 978-1-935929-79-6

The Return of the Great Depression (2009) ISBN 978-1-935071-18-1

The Irrational Atheist (2008) ISBN 978-1-933771-36-6

Summa Elvetica: A Casuistry of the Elvish Controversy (2008) ISBN 978-0-9821049-2-7

The Wrath of Angels (2006) ISBN 978-0-7434-6982-1

The World in Shadow (2002) ISBN 978-0-671-02454-3

The War in Heaven (2000) ISBN 978-0-7434-5344-8

We are confident that Theodore Beale will put the needs of the organization first — and do the work so that the organization’s needs are addressed.

Theodore Beale is an agent of change, but this is not why we are endorsing him. We’re endorsing him because we have reviewed John Scalzi’s term as President (here, here, here and here) and we know the set of skills that one needs to succeed in the position. Simply put, Theodore Beale has them. He is the right person for the job. He has our vote, and if you are SFWA member, we hope that you will give him your vote as well. Beale is the “warrior scholar”  . . .  give him your vote!

REFERENCES

Bucknell University. (n.d.). In Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Retrieved March 17, 2013, from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bucknell_University

Psykosonik. (n.d.). In Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Retrieved March 17, 2013, from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Psykosonik

Rebel Moon Rising. (n.d.). In Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Retrieved March 17, 2013, from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rebel_Moon_Rising

Theodore Beale Starting to Look “Presidential”: How Not to be SFWA President | 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 https://thewriteagenda.wordpress.com/2013/03/08/theodore-beale-starting-to-look-presidential-how-not-to-be-sfwa-president/

Theodore Beale Still Looking “Presidential”: How Not to be SFWA President II | 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 https://thewriteagenda.wordpress.com/2013/03/12/theodore-beale-still-looking-presidential-how-not-to-be-sfwa-president-ii/

Vox Day, His Latest Book, and the Hinterlands Imprint. (n.d.). Retrieved from http://jilldomschot.com/2013/03/14/vox-day-his-latest-book-and-the-hinterlands-imprint/

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

In 2013 SFWA Elections, 2013 SFWA Presidential Election, A.C., A.C. Crispin, Absolute Write, Absolute Write Water Cooler, American Book Publishing, Ann "A.C." Crispin, Ann Crispin, Attorney Victor Cretella, Author, BARBARA BAUER, BARBARA BAUER LITERARY AGENCY, Bauer vs. Glatzer, Book Expo America, Cretella v. Kuzminski, David L. Kuzminski, DEFAMATION, DEFAMATION: Cretella v. Kuzminski: The Case Against Preditors & Editors David L. Kuzminski, defamatory, James D. MacDonald, Jenna Glatzer, Jim C. Hines, lawsuit, lawsuits, MacAllister Stone, Making Light, Mystery Writers of America, Passion Blew, PASSION BLEW II: The Case Against Victoria Strauss, Passion Blew!: Scamming the John Steinbeck Estate: The Case Against Attorney Charles E. Petit The Former Attorney for the Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers of America, Passion Blue, Patrick Niclsen-Hayden, Preditors & Editors, Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers Association, SFWA, SFWA 2013 Elections, Steve Gould, Steven Gould, Teresa Nielsen Hayden, The Write Agenda, Theodore Beale, Victoria Strauss, Vox Day, Watchdog, Writer, Writer Beware, Writer Beware & Others on March 14, 2013 at 10:30 pm

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 https://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 https://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 https://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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Theodore Beale Still Looking “Presidential”: How Not to be SFWA President II

In 2013 SFWA Elections, 2013 SFWA Presidential Election, A.C., A.C. Crispin, Ann "A.C." Crispin, Ann Crispin, Attorney Victor Cretella, BARBARA BAUER, BARBARA BAUER LITERARY AGENCY, Bauer vs. Glatzer, C. E. Petit, Charles E. Petit, Charles Emil Petit, Charlie. Petit, Cretella v. Kuzminski, Crispin, DEFAMATION: Cretella v. Kuzminski: The Case Against Preditors & Editors David L. Kuzminski, ILLINOIS ATTORNEY REGISTRATION AND DISCIPLINARY COMMISSION, Jenna Glatzer, John Scalzi, John Steinbeck, MacAllister Stone, Making Light, Mystery Writers of America, Nancy Steinbeck, Passion Blew, PASSION BLEW II: The Case Against Victoria Strauss, Passion Blew!: Scamming the John Steinbeck Estate: The Case Against Attorney Charles E. Petit The Former Attorney for the Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers of America, Passion Blue, Preditors & Editors, Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers Association, SFWA, Steve Gould, Steven Gould, Teresa Nielsen Hayden, The Write Agenda, Theodore Beale, Victor Cretella, Victoria Strauss, Vox Day, Writer Beware, Writer Beware & Others on March 12, 2013 at 12:26 am
We’re pleased to see Theodore Beale engaged once again as a candidate for the 2013 SFWA Presidency. He’s starting to look more and more “Presidential.” For those of you who would like to see it, it’s here. We applaud Mr. Beale for being active in this 2013 SFWA Election process. We’d like to hear more from Steven Gould but he still has not come out yet; and he’s really starting to look like an embarrassment. Seriously Mr. Gould, do you honestly think that you can just toss your hat into the ring, retain a self-serving endorsement from John Scalzi and actually win? The Write Agenda is fairly confident that the next President of the SFWA will not be elected by a mere 11% of the membership (as was Scalzi). This is anticipated to be a very active electorate process and a much closer race than anticipated. Steven Gould has yet to give the slightest indication that he’s actually a contender for this position. Gould should realize that Scalzi’s prior election strategies (i.e. the anticipation of low voter turnout) and submitting a vague platform will not work for him in the 2013 election.


References

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/

THE 2013 SFWA PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION: HYPOCRISY, HERESY & HATE (PART II) | 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 https://thewriteagenda.wordpress.com/2013/03/01/the-2013-sfwa-presidential-election-hypocrisy-heresy-hate-part-ii/

THE 2013 SFWA PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION: HYPOCRISY, HERESY & HATE (PART III) | The Write Agenda™. (n.d.). Retrieved from https://thewriteagenda.wordpress.com/2013/03/03/the-2013-sfwa-presidential-election-hypocrisy-heresy-hate-part-iii/

Vox Popoli: How not to be SFWA president II. (n.d.). Vox Popoli. Retrieved from http://voxday.blogspot.com/2013/03/how-not-to-be-sfwa-president-ii.html

No Mr. Hines . . . You Have Not Annoyed The Write Agenda™

In 2013 SFWA Elections, 2013 SFWA Presidential Election, Jim C. Hines, John Scalzi, Passion Blew, PASSION BLEW II: The Case Against Victoria Strauss, Passion Blew!: Scamming the John Steinbeck Estate: The Case Against Attorney Charles E. Petit The Former Attorney for the Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers of America, Passion Blue, Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers Association, SFWA, SFWA 2013 Elections, Steve Gould, Strauss, The Write Agenda, Theodore Beale, Victoria Strauss, Vox Day, Watchdog, Whatever, Writer, Writer Beware, Writers on March 9, 2013 at 4:21 pm

No Mr. Hines . . .  You Have Not Annoyed The Write Agenda™ . . .

Once again, the always hyper-reactive,  Jim Hines, spoke before thinking. However, that’s the least significant feature of his character traits. Mr. Hines, while commenting on the 2013 SFWA Elections, stated that his “candidacy for South Central Regional Director appears to have annoyed the folks at The Write Agenda.” Hines was referring to our recent post wherein we raised questions regarding his announcement that he was running for the SFWA’s South/Central Regional Director position . . .  not the President’s position that is being vacated by John Scalzi. It’s actually Hines that appears to be “annoyed” by our coverage of 2013 SFWA Presidential Candidate, Theodore Beale.

To clarify our post, we were actually surprised that Hines wasn’t running for the 2013 SFWA Presidential seat. It wasn’t that we were “annoyed” by his candidacy for the SFWA’s South/Central Regional Director position. What caught our attention, is that Hines recognizes something that Scalzi never comprehended. In his (Hine’s) post, he clearly recognized what the demands and requirements are to serve the SFWA membership effectively. He appeared to publicly indicate that his family, career and priorities have to come first. In other words, he would not throw himself into the 2013 SFWA Presidential Election if he could not be completely engaged as an effective leader. That’s how we interpreted Hine’s statement; he does not appear to be the kind of individual that would do something half-heartedly. That’s admirable and we, The Write Agenda™, just wanted to point that out. We actually applaud Jim Hines for recognizing the rigors, demands and degree of commitment required of an individual to serve as President of the SFWA. Scalzi had another idea regarding his priorities:

 

 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. [Emphasis added]

 John Scalzi

Jim Hines also recognizes that the SFWA needs to change. He’s raised issues similar to those raised by the 2013 SFWA Presidential Candidates, Theodore Beale and Steven Gould:

Does the current administration of the SFWA listen to and represent the membership?

Why hasn’t the organization “moved forward”?

Why is the biggest priority (according to Hines) is to complete the reincorporation process?

Why is Hines concerned about “eligible writers who have turned away, believing—rightfully or wrongfully—[they] we have nothing to offer, or that [they] are (SFWA) too narrow in the writers we welcome and celebrate in our ranks”?

Interestingly, the “state” of the membership of the SFWA has caught the attention of everyone. We do wish Mr. Hines the best of luck during the 2013 SFWA elections. As a budding leader for the SFWA, Hines does appear to have more moxy than Scalzi has ever demonstrated; he (Hines) could have the potential to be a Moses for the SFWA in the future. Most important is Hines’ sense of priority and dedication. We like that.

There’s another thing that we like about Jim Hines; he openly discusses his income as a writer. Hines has become a very prolific writer with very respectable Amazon Sales Rankings. Comparatively, Victoria Strauss’ sales pale compared to Hines as a relative new comer. We would love to see Victoria Strauss publicly discuss her income in this fashion. There’s been a lot of speculation regarding Strauss’ true occupation and the real source of her income . . . it doesn’t appear to come from royalties or advances. Strauss, who rarely makes public appearances, unless they are online, has never indicated what her day job or true occupation actually is. Judging by the copious daily Internet postings it’s likely that she doesn’t have one. Her income has to come from other sources or a sugar daddy; it’s certainly not from book sales (based on her sales rankings). (Note: Interestingly Strauss’ Amazon Rankings are also pale compared to Beale’s.) If you have a theory, opinion or tip on Victoria Strauss’ real occupation? Contact us here.

 

REFERENCES

Amazon.com: Passion Blew II: Books. (n.d.). Amazon.com: Online Shopping for Electronics, Apparel, Computers, Books, DVDs & more. Retrieved from http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss?url=search-alias%3Dstripbooks&field-keywords=passion%20blew%20II

 

Amazon.com: The Friends of Nancy Steinbeck: Books. (n.d.). Amazon.com: Online Shopping for Electronics, Apparel, Computers, Books, DVDs & more. Retrieved fromhttp://www.amazon.com/s/ref=ntt_athr_dp_sr_1?_encoding=UTF8&field-author=The%20Friends%20of%20Nancy%20Steinbeck&search-alias=books&sort=relevancerank

 

Author Jim Hines Running for SFWA Office (but NOT President) . . . Let’s Debate. | 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 https://thewriteagenda.wordpress.com/2013/02/18/author-jim-hines-running-for-sfwa-office-but-not-president-lets-debate/

 

Blogger Get’s it Wrong: Amazon Sales Rankings are Valuable Metrics if Benchmarked over Time | 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 fromhttps://thewriteagenda.wordpress.com/2011/11/22/blogger-gets-it-wrong-amazon-sales-rankings-are-valuable-metrics-if-benchmarked-over-time/

 

DEFAMATION: Cretella v. Kuzminski: The Case Against Preditors & Editors David L. Kuzminski: The Write Agenda: 9781482354607: Amazon.com: Books. (n.d.).Amazon.com: Online Shopping for Electronics, Apparel, Computers, Books, DVDs & more. Retrieved from http://www.amazon.com/DEFAMATION-Cretella-Kuzminski-Against-Preditors/dp/1482354608/ref=sr_1_fkmr0_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1361225299&sr=1-1-fkmr0&keywords=DEFAMATION%3A+Cretella+v.+Kuzminski+%E2%80%93+The+Case+Against+Preditors+%26+Editors+David+L.+Kuzminski+%E2%80%93+In+Print

 

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 fromhttps://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/

 

Jim C. Hines » 2012 Writing Income. (n.d.). Jim C. Hines. Retrieved from http://www.jimchines.com/2013/01/2012-writing-income/

 

Jim C. Hines » Running for SFWA Office (but NOT President). (n.d.). Jim C. Hines. Retrieved from http://www.jimchines.com/2013/02/running-for-sfwa-office-but-not-president/

 

Jim C. Hines » Voting Time! (n.d.). Jim C. Hines. Retrieved fromhttp://www.jimchines.com/2013/03/voting-time/

 

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THE 2013 SFWA PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION: HYPOCRISY, HERESY & HATE (PART IV) | The Write Agenda™. (n.d.). Retrieved fromhttps://thewriteagenda.wordpress.com/2013/03/09/the-2013-sfwa-presidential-election-hypocrisy-heresy-hate-part-iv/

 

THE VICTORIA STRAUSS TITLES – AMAZON SALES RANKINGS – REVISITED | 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 https://thewriteagenda.wordpress.com/2012/04/12/the-victoria-strauss-titles-amazon-sales-rankings-revisited/

 

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

In 2013 SFWA Elections, 2013 SFWA Presidential Election, A.C., A.C. Crispin, Absolute Write, Absolute Write Water Cooler, Ann "A.C." Crispin, Attorney Victor Cretella, BARBARA BAUER, BARBARA BAUER LITERARY AGENCY, Bauer vs. Glatzer, C. E. Petit, Cease & Desist, Charles E. Petit, Charles Emil Petit, Charlie. Petit, Cretella v. Kuzminski, Crispin, David L. Kuzminski, DEFAMATION, DEFAMATION: Cretella v. Kuzminski: The Case Against Preditors & Editors David L. Kuzminski, ILLINOIS ATTORNEY REGISTRATION AND DISCIPLINARY COMMISSION, Jenna Glatzer, Jim C. Hines, John Scalzi, John Steinbeck, MacAllister Stone, Making Light, Michael Capobianco, Mystery Writers of America, Nancy Steinbeck, P.N. Elrod, Passion Blew, PASSION BLEW II: The Case Against Victoria Strauss, Passion Blew!: Scamming the John Steinbeck Estate: The Case Against Attorney Charles E. Petit The Former Attorney for the Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers of America, Passion Blue, Preditors & Editors, Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers Association, SFWA, SFWA 2013 Elections, Steve Gould, Steven Gould, Strauss, The Write Agenda, Theodore Beale, Victor Cretella, Victoria Strauss, Vox Day, Whatever, Wikileaks, Writer Beware, Writer Beware & Others, Writers on March 9, 2013 at 12:17 am

Part IV: Organizational Partisanship & Biasness – The Need for Change Within the SFWA

Part 4 of 4

Death and life are in the power of the tongue.

Proverbs, 18:21

Another necessary concern regarding the SFWA 2013 Elections to consider is the ongoing negative blog postings relative to Theodore Beale. As stated previously, the negativity is reaching the level that caused the Bauer vs. Glatzer[1] lawsuit. What’s next on the horizon?

Will the Defendants in the Bauer case and their minions create a list of the “20 Worst Candidates for SFWA for SFWA President”?

Will the Defendants in the Bauer case and their minions create YouTube videos to humiliate Theodore Beale?

Will the Defendants in the Bauer case and their minions resort to the same tactics that led to the lawsuit against them?

Will the Defendants in the Bauer case and their minions resort to boycotts of Theodore Beale’s books?

Will the Defendants in the Bauer case and their minions resort to creating a “Thumbs Down” list for SFWA candidates that they deem undesirable?

Many of these individuals have already had their fair share of lawsuits and cease & desist requests.  However, there is a very qualified difference here. As an example, what Bauer vs. Glatzer lacked in terms of prosecution, it made up for in terms of customary (anticipated) blogger commentary and potential liability; unfortunately most of them have not learned their lesson yet. Moreover, new case law is always being developed regarding this kind of activity and the Teflon is getting thinner. Someone with in this group of mashuganas is going to eventually take the fall . . .  and it’s going to be a big fall.

It will be interesting to watch how this continues to play out . . . both pre-election and post election. Could Theodore Beale consider possible legal action against these Internet posters? Will it be another Cretella v. Kuzminski (i.e. The Case Against Preditors & Editors David L. Kuzminski)? Will it reach this level? Are slander and defamation actions imminent? Could Beale establish a claim for loss of opportunity?

It’s interesting to ponder these scenarios; even if they are hypothetical. However, generally speaking, most of the comments currently being made by independent bloggers would most likely not be cloaked with the protections of the Communication Decency Act (CDA 230) which protected Wikipedia but not necessarily the remaining defendants in the Bauer case; nor did it completely exonerate them.

No man [woman] is an island, entire of itself, every man [woman] is a piece of the continent, a part of the main.

William Blake

In Part III of this series, we indicated that John Scalzi was no Moses. By contrast, Moses gathered people together; he fused people and created a communal entity far more than a collection of individuals.

A group that gathers together can also move apart, and even while together, the union is not compete; an examination of the SFWA voting history clearly supports the notion that it has become segregated. There doesn’t appear to be any spirit of unity. What, if anything, binds and unifies the members of the current SFWA? How defunct is an organization where its President (Scalzi) is elected on only 11% of the entire possible vote?

Moses was the epitome of self-transcendence; every aspect of his being was committed to others. He was able to inspire transcendence. Moses has been described as a shepherd. He infused harmony even when facing different factions or contrary opinions. The establishment of unity among the membership is essential to the health of organization. The more that a leader is able to develop his/her own harmony, he/she will be more open to others and be willing to relate to them as equals. This will encourage the expression of the inner bond that all members should share . . .  versus being in a constant state of discord. What motivates a leader to rise above their personal agendas? A leader’s service should begin with marshalling the different aspects of their own being first. Then, and only then, can the organization work towards unity and harmony.

 Let his days be few; and let another take his office.

Psalm 109, v8

The dreadful reign of John Scalzi is finally coming to an end. Selah! Change is also coming to the SFWA. The pending election will either result in “sweeping” change or simply a change in leadership. This is not merely a promise; this is something that can be anticipated today. Regardless of who may ultimately win the 2013 SFWA Presidential Election, Theodore Beale or Steven Gould, either of them has the potential to establish a new harmony within the organization (SFWA) and to spread that harmony among the membership. Moreover, both candidates have the opportunity to create sweeping changes within the SFWA and shed the tarnished image left by the Scalzi and his minions:

“Scalzi, current president of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America, responded by calling [Beale], ‘a jackass, and a fairly ignorant jackass at that.’”

Queerty, Free of an Agenda, Except that Gay One

SFWA members: this year it’s IMPORTANT to vote in the upcoming officer elections. Theodore Beale, a.k.a. Vox Day, is running for SFWA President. If you know the name, you’ll know why that’s scary. If you don’t, read the post below… My cat would be the better choice. And my cat is dead. [Emphasis added]

 Victoria Strauss on Facebook 2/1/13

If he did win, he’d be like the dog that caught the car–Holy shit. This wasn’t supposed to happen. What do I do now?

Victoria Strauss

Elections, and organizational change, represent the opportunity to search. The need to search is not a choice but a necessity. The search is personal (i.e. within the SFWA membership) as well as institutional. The process of searching gives all members the opportunity to take corrective measures (voting), find what is missing and identify the needs of the organization.

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.[Emphasis added]

John Scalzi

Contrary to John Scalzi’s dogma, dues-paying members of any organization do expect something in return; something far beyond a mere “affection.” Organizations have a purpose to establish a “commonwealth” . . .  something for the greater good . . . for its members, not something that an elected official can be half-heartedly dedicated to. Admitted, Scalzi was honest about this point and where his priorities stood:

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. [Emphasis added]

 –         John Scalzi

***

Shaming another in public is like shedding blood.

Talmud, v6

 In conclusion, the huge difference in these organizational elections is that they do not include political parties . . . they involve people . . . human beings. Accordingly, they should be civil and partisan. This particular race for SFWA President is turning into something very political . . . with the same cast of characters showing their true colors again. However, it’s unique that the negative attacks are being waged against one of their own . . . Theodore Beale. Theodore Beale’s only crimes are that he writes controversial pieces and that he disagrees with John Scalzi. Being controversial is nothing new when it comes to past (or present) SFWA Presidents. Why is it such a big issue now? Unfortunately, this whole ordeal is making Scalzi and his minions look like a bunch of schlemiels.

 “Scalzi, current president of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America, responded by calling [Beale], ‘a jackass, and a fairly ignorant jackass at that.’”

 Queerty, Free of an Agenda, Except that Gay One

John Scalzi had the opportunity to stand up (for once) and demonstrate that he had true leadership qualities. Criticism and contrary opinion are to be expected for elected officials . . .  Scalzi doesn’t appear to have learned that lesson. Instead, in a very farcical move, Scalzi has rose up in opposition to Beale by publically endorsing Steven Gould; not a very “Presidential” maneuver when an unbiased stance would have given him the appearance of being a leader. However, Beale has given us all a glimpse of how “Presidential” he is. We do not ever recall an outgoing president of the SFWA to have ever publically endorsed one candidate over the other. Again, John Scalzi never was and never will be a Moses.

People join organizations, such as the SFWA, to have a voice, to be represented and to be members of a group. This 2013 election is the perfect time to deliver the SFWA from the mindsets of the likes of Scalzi and readjust so that it can take on a more purposeful mindset. In choosing our leaders, we should not select only those who are like us in temperament and personality. Nor should we choose only those who act in a certain way that we find agreeable to our personal lives and acceptable standards. In selecting the next SFWA President you will have to abandon your proneness to conformity and/or complacency.

Educate yourself and vote accordingly . . .  but DO VOTE and encourage other SFWA members to vote.

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The Write Agenda: Author P.N. Elrod Apparent Subject of “Cease and Desist” Letters. (n.d.).The Write Agenda. Retrieved from http://thewriteagenda.blogspot.com/2011/08/author-pn-elrod-apparent-subject-of.html

Theodore Beale Starting to Look “Presidential”: How Not to be SFWA President | 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 https://thewriteagenda.wordpress.com/2013/03/08/theodore-beale-starting-to-look-presidential-how-not-to-be-sfwa-president/

Theodore Beale Starting to Look “Presidential”: How Not to be SFWA President

In 2013 SFWA Elections, 2013 SFWA Presidential Election, John Scalzi, Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers, SFWA, SFWA 2013 Elections, Victoria Strauss, Vox Day, Whatever, Writer Beware on March 8, 2013 at 12:03 pm
“It may be that John Scalzi made it clear in his posts that he was NOT speaking as President of SFWA. That’s the main problem with John Scalzi; he doesn’t speak as THE President of the SFWA and that’s not very “Presidential”. The 2013 SFWA Election is now upon us and “The Write Agenda” blog has some great thoughts on this topic.”

We’re pleased to see Mr. Beale engaged as a candidate. He’s starting to look very “Presidential.” For those of you who would like to see it, it’s here. We applaud Mr. Beale for being active in this 2013 SFWA Election process. We’d like to hear more from Steven Gould but he has not come out yet.


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Random House Responds to SFWA Slamming Its Hydra Imprint. (n.d.). Retrieved from http://www.publishersweekly.com/pw/by-topic/digital/content-and-e-books/article/56244-rh-responds-to-sfwa-slamming-its-hydra-imprint.html#comments

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/

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/

Vox Popoli: How not to be SFWA president. (n.d.). Vox Popoli. Retrieved from http://voxday.blogspot.com/2013/03/how-not-to-be-sfwa-president.html