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Ann “A.C.” Crispin . . . DEAD: RIP? We Think Not . . . ROT IN HELL!

In 2013 SFWA Elections, A.C., A.C. Crispin, Ann "A.C." Crispin, Ann Crispin, Ann Crispin DEAD, Bauer vs. Glatzer, C. E. Petit, Charles E. Petit, Charles Emil Petit, Charlie. Petit, Crispin, Crispin Dead, James D. MacDonald, John Scalzi, Michael Capobianco, 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, SFWA, Steven Gould, Strauss, Teresa Nielsen Hayden, The Write Agenda, Travis Tea, Uncategorized, Victoria Strauss, Whatever, Writer Beware, Yog's Law on September 6, 2013 at 9:42 pm

“Some people make the planet a better place for having got the hell off it, eh?”

Tom Dark

Ann “A.C.” Crispin is dead from cancer. Should she rest in peace? We think not.

Crispin, who was much more accomplished as an author than her accomplice, Victoria Strauss, was a woman that spewed hate and revenge; the veracity of some of her claims are still under scrutiny.  Victoria Strauss pales in comparison as an author. (Strauss, if you have not noticed, has become more “publicly” angry recently.)

Writer Beware has been nothing more than the marketing arm for both Ann “”A.C.” Crispin & Victoria Strauss to the “under-educated” authors that frequent the site. Fortunately, neither Ann “A.C.” Crispin nor Victoria Strauss have become household names from this farcical endeavor called “Writer Beware”; there are better sites for new authors to get information from (Absolute Write is not  a good reference source either). And . . . who the hell is Richard White and why would a new author want to treasure his advice?

Please help The Write Agenda document the hate speech of Ann “A.C.” Crispin; authors deserve to know the truth. Rest in peace? No, rot in hell Ann “A.C.” Crispin and we’ll show the world exactly what your agenda truly was. Please send your quotes and sources to The Write Agenda here.

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Steven Gould, SFWA President, Unable to Produce Double-secret “SFWA Confidentiality Rules”

In 2013 SFWA Elections, 2013 SFWA Presidential Election, Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers, Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers Association, SFWA, SFWA 2013 Elections, Steve Gould, Steven Gould, The Write Agenda, Theodore Beale, Vox Day, Whatever, Writers on July 8, 2013 at 9:27 pm

“Steven Gould, the President, were able to provide me with any evidence for the existence of the double-secret “SFWA Confidentiality Rules” to which they had both appealed.”

Theodore Beale

See “Response: part I” on Beale’s Blog site. 4% of the SFW membership is behind this effort; a very easily identified group to expose.

Yet, recent tweets by SFWA President, Steven Gould, appear to mock exactly what he trying to enforce:

Like this “retweet” (Hmm . . . humor in censorship?)

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Or this stunning reflection on “elected” officials . . .  how’s that for calling the kettle black?

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Remember, it was SFWA President, Steven Gould and How He Treated a SFWA Member Before He Was in Office that is significant here. This Twitter post just speaks for itself. Do you think that SFWA President, Steven Gould had an “agenda” against author and SFWA Presidential candidate Theodore Beale before he took office? He posted this on Twitter 17 days before his term as SFWA President began. Sound like a Scalzi clone? Predisposed? Run members of of SFWA . . .quit now! Gould took office on July 1, 2013. 

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http://voxday.blogspot.com/2013/07/response-part-i.html

Catherynne M. Valente, SFWA’s Eastern Regional Director Resigns After 4 DAYS IN OFFICE!

In 2013 SFWA Elections, 2013 SFWA Presidential Election, Catherynne M. Valente, Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers, Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers Association, SFWA, SFWA 2013 Elections on July 6, 2013 at 12:07 am

“It was a rewarding and challenging experience to work with a group of dedicated, tireless advocates, but personal circumstances have brought me to the realization that I cannot serve out the remainder of my term effectively. I thank the Board for their service and support, and will continue to be an active member of the organization.”

Catherynne M. Valente

On June 5, 2013 the SFWA announced Jean Rabe’s resignation as editor of the Bulletin.

Yes, friends the reign of new SFWA President Steven Gould has begun; what a week Steven is having!

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REFERENCES

http://www.sfwa.org/2013/07/change-of-eastern-regional-director-of-sfwa/

SFWA President, Steven Gould . . . How He Treated a SFWA Member Before He Was in Office

In 2013 SFWA Elections, 2013 SFWA Presidential Election, Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers, Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers Association, SFWA, SFWA 2013 Elections, Steve Gould, Steven Gould, Theodore Beale, Vox Day on July 5, 2013 at 4:29 am

SFWA President, Steven Gould . . . How He Treated a SFWA Member Before He Was in Office

This Twitter post just speaks for itself. Do you think that SFWA President, Steven Gould had an “agenda” against author and SFWA Presidential candidate Theodore Beale before he took office? He posted this on Twitter 17 days before his term as SFWA President began. Sound like a Scalzi clone? Predisposed? Run members of of SFWA . . . quit now!

 

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SFWA President, Please Start Acting Like a “President” . . . What confidentiality rules?

In 2013 SFWA Elections, 2013 SFWA Presidential Election, Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers, Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers Association, SFWA, SFWA 2013 Elections, Steve Gould, Steven Gould on July 5, 2013 at 1:58 am

What confidentiality rules?

Is this a wake up call for new SFWA President Steven Gould? Oh, what a week the new President is having . . . how are you liking this shit Gould? You wanted it . . . you got it. And, now, people are quitting the SFWA!

What confidentiality rules?

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http://voxday.blogspot.com/2013/07/what-confidentiality-rules.html

Victoria Strauss Taking a (Brief) Temporary Hiatus to Complete her Next Major Literary Flop

In 2013 SFWA Elections, A.C., A.C. Crispin, Amazon Rankings, Amazon Sales Rankings, Ann "A.C." Crispin, Ann Crispin, Bauer vs. Glatzer, C. E. Petit, Charles E. Petit, Charles Emil Petit, Charlie. Petit, Colorsong, Crispin, Kolorsong, 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, Scam, Scams, Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers, Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers Association, SFWA, The Write Agenda, Victoria Strauss, Watchdog, Writer, Writer Beware, Writers on July 4, 2013 at 5:19 pm

“Nobody who’s never sold jack is going to be put under a deadline for anything.”

Anonymous

Have you heard? Literary midget, Victoria Stauss, has a “book deadline” and has gone into a self-imposed exile.  Yes, it’s true! Strauss is in a mad rush to put the finishing touches on the sequel to her 2012 release Passion Blue. Passion Blue is currently ranked at 1,191,540 on Amazon; not exactly a best seller. The sequel is titled Colorsong.

Sequel . . . to what? Victoria Stauss, in her “career” as an author, has neither produced any book to validate herself, nor is there any evidence to take her seriously as an “author.” For example see the current rankings of Struass’ books below:

The Arm of the Stone (Paperback) Sales Rank: 3,385,246

The Awakened City (Hardcover) Sales Rank: 2,243,402

The Burning Land (Mass Market Paperback) Sales Rank: 2,045,976

The Garden of the Stone (Paperback) Sales Rank: 3,448,801

Passion Blue (Hardcover) Sales Rank: 1,191,540

Again, sequel . . . to what? What exactly is it that drives people like Victoria Strauss to produce literary failure after literary failure? Colorsong . . . it’s an interesting title for an author that has only used shades of gray on her watchdog canvas and leaving truthfulness always in question. Victoria Strauss, Ann “A.C.” Crispin and Writer Beware do like to sing a lot. However, the “color” of their song never reaches into anything near to black & white.

“Nobody who’s never sold jack is going to be put under a deadline for anything.”

Anonymous

Amazon Rankings

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)

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The Write Agenda will be releasing a sequel to 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 and Passion Blew II: The Case Against Victoria Strauss, Ann “A.C.” Crispin, Writer Beware & Others  . . . it will be titled Kolorsong; to be released during 2013.

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http://accrispin.blogspot.com/2013/07/writer-beware-blog-on-brief-temporary.html

ALERT: John Steinbeck Family Defrauded by Writer Beware™ & SFWA Attorney: The 2007 Scam that Writer Beware™ Didn’t Report . . . Why?

Posted 10/24/11: American Book Publishing: No Case, No Criminal Contact & No Legal Action Taken

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

Victoria Strauss Reaches 666 Facebook Fans: The Satanic Association is Worth Noting

Victoria Strauss Critical of Indie Authors Successes: The Voice of Envy

Christian Story Teller Asks: “Victoria Strauss, what is she doing to her reputation?”

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

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

The Price of Loyalty to Crispin, Macdonald & Strauss: Participating in Propaganda Leads to Low Amazon Sales Rankings

21 Reasons to Not Trust Victoria Strauss

Ann Crispin: “The Write Agenda . . . It’s a Hate Site . . . ” Weinerdogs Convey Their Vileness to Recent Walt Disney Inquiry

Victoria Strauss Drops F-Bomb, Ann “A.C.”Crispin Thinks it’s OK: How Publishing Watchdogs Demonstrate Their Arrogance and Supremacy for Standards

Victoria Strauss: The Anthony Weiner Scandal is a BS Story; Weinerdog Still Shows no Compunction for the Truth

The Video: Amherst Nights: An Animated Interview with Victoria Strauss

Victoria Strauss Goes from “Watchdog” to “Weinerdog” – How the Selective Use of Research Material Can Damage Your Reputation: Victoria Strauss Cites another Police Investigation Regarding a Publisher . . . This Time it’s Correct and TRUE!

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

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

Victoria Strauss, Throwing Stones from a Glass House?

Letter to the Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers of America

Victoria Strauss, Running From Demons . . .

Victoria Strauss Continues to Evade Questions Regarding “Investigation”

Pressure on Victoria Strauss to Address “Investigation” Continues

Searching the “Elsewheres” – The Strauss Paradox: How the Validation of the Author has Changed

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

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

Victoria Strauss Titles, Current & Lifetime Amazon Sales Rankings

Update – April 21, 2011: Victoria Strauss Claims Amazon Rankings Are Not A Reliable Sales Indicator

Updated, April 21, 2011 – American Book Publishing, “Police Investigation” Victoria Strauss Fairy Tale?

COMING SOON: American Book Publishing, Was There a “Police Investigation” or is this a Victoria Strauss Fairy Tale?

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

Have you recently quit the SFWA? Contact Us ASAP . . . 36 Quit; The Exodus is Here!

In 2013 SFWA Elections, 2013 SFWA Presidential Election, A.C., A.C. Crispin, Ann "A.C." Crispin, Crispin, John Scalzi, Mary Robinette Kowal, 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, Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers Association, SFWA, SFWA 2013 Elections, Steve Gould, Steven Gould, The Write Agenda, Theodore Beale, Victoria Strauss, Vox Day, Watchdog, Whatever, Writer, Writer Beware, Writers on July 4, 2013 at 3:50 pm

“”Those disputing, contradicting, and confuting people are generally unfortunate in their affairs. They get victory, sometimes, but they never get good will, which would be of more use to them.”

– Benjamin Franklin

 

If you are one of the “36 people” that  have quit the SWFA or if you’ve decided not to renew your membership . . . please feel free to contact us here with your story or with any information that you would like to share. The contents of your responses will remain anonymous, and your confidentiality will be protected under the highest standards of research ethics.

The Write Agenda is pleased to see this erosion beginning within the SFWA. It’s a sign that members of the SFWA are beginning to wake up and realize that the SFWA’s leadership (including Writer Beware, Victoria Strauss, John Scalzi and Ann “A.C.” Crispin and now status quo President, Steven Gould) have  engaged in promoting “dissension and dissatisfaction throughout the organization with their inept activist leadership.”

 

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The Write Agenda will be releasing a sequel to 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 and Passion Blew II: The Case Against Victoria Strauss, Ann “A.C.” Crispin, Writer Beware & Others  . . . it will be titled Kolorsong; to be released during 2013.

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Theodore Beale Comments on SWFA Strife: Trying to pull Pournell’s strings

In 2013 SFWA Elections, 2013 SFWA Presidential Election, A.C., A.C. Crispin, Ann "A.C." Crispin, Ann Crispin, Crispin, John Scalzi, Mary Robinette Kowal, 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, Robin Wayne Bailey, Scams, Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers, Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers Association, SFWA, SFWA 2013 Elections, Steve Gould, Steven Gould, Strauss, The Write Agenda, Victoria Strauss, Vox Day, Watchdog, Writer, Writer Beware, Writers on July 4, 2013 at 3:14 pm

“[I]f 36 people have really quit  [the SWFA] of late, then obviously the responsibility lies with those who have actively sown dissension and dissatisfaction throughout the organization with their inept activist leadership rather than the so-called “rabid weasels” who have been there for years, if not decades.”

Theodore Beale

See posting at: Trying to pull Pournell’s strings

 

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http://voxday.blogspot.com/2013/07/a-never-will-be-attacks-jerry-pournelle.html

 

The Write Agenda will be releasing a sequel to 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 and Passion Blew II: The Case Against Victoria Strauss, Ann “A.C.” Crispin, Writer Beware & Others  . . . it will be titledKolorsong; to be released during 2013.

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Tom Dark: Stirring up Victoria Strauss et al . . . He’s Really Not “Crazy”

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, C. E. Petit, Charles E. Petit, Charles Emil Petit, Charlie. Petit, Crispin, DEFAMATION: Cretella v. Kuzminski: The Case Against Preditors & Editors David L. Kuzminski, Jenna Glatzer, Jim C. Hines, John Scalzi, John Steinbeck, MacAllister Stone, Making Light, Michael Capobianco, 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, Publisher, Scam, Scams, Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers, Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers Association, SFWA, Steve Gould, Steven Gould, Strauss, Victoria Strauss, Watchdog, Writer Beware, Writer Beware & Others on June 24, 2013 at 12:07 am

“First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win.”

Mahatma Gandhi

If you follow Writer Beware, Absolute Write etc., you’ll notice that Tom Dark has  quite a flurry of activity going on. Many of the recent postings have caused some people, like  Lisa L. Spangenberg, to launch into “protection” and “salvation” mode; otherwise, they would just ignore Tom Dark  . . .  they’re not.

Dark, in a couple of very astute Twitter postings, has pointed out a couple of the shortcomings of Victoria Strauss, her followers and other like-kind sites. They attack, criticise, call you names (i.e. “crazy”) and defuse . . .  yet, they never respond to the claims against them. For example:

You can’t “deny” that Victoria Strauss, A.C. Crispin & Writer Beware failed to report the publishing SCAM perpetrated by their own attorney. See John Steinbeck Family Defrauded by Writer Beware™ & SFWA Attorney: The 2007 Scam that Writer Beware™ Didn’t Report . . . Why?

You can’t “deny” that Victoria Strauss, A.C. Crispin & Writer Beware failed to prove that American Book Publishing was subject to a “police investigation.” Which leads one to believe that Strauss may have another hidden agenda. See American Book Publishing: No Case, No Criminal Contact & No Legal Action Taken.

You can’t “deny” the fact that Victoria Strauss and others were “non-vindicated” defendants in the Bauer vs. Glatzer case. See Bauer vs. Glatzer et. al. – Summary of Allegations Against the Named Defendants

Delay is the deadliest form of denial.”

C. Northcote Parkinson 

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SFWA’s Scalzi Leaving a Pile of Shit for New SFWA President, Steven Gould

In 2013 SFWA Elections, 2013 SFWA Presidential Election, John Scalzi, Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers, SFWA, SFWA 2013 Elections, Steve Gould, Steven Gould on June 5, 2013 at 11:09 pm

“If you look closely, you’ll see she did not have editorial control; hence the content was passed on to the Publisher i.e. the President of SFWA, i.e John Scalzi who did not read the articles. I note however that the Bylaws don’t really indicate much about the Bulletin other than it’s a membership benefit and it should list new members.  Which is why I’ve said that they need to stop treating the Bulletin like a fanzine that no one reads. It needs to be taken seriously. The Editor needs to have the ability to accept or reject, and there needs to be some sort of approval mechanism so that the Board can support the editor and be aware of issues before they become public. A modicum of oversight would have prevented the idiocies of the last three bulletins from ever appearing in print.”

“Since his presidency ends at midnight tonight, I’m underwhelmed.  He could have hired a competent editor, he could have invited other members besides Resnick and Malzberg to contribute to the column, he could have done all manner of things to end a problem that is more than a year old. The SF Bulletin is not a fanzine, though it’s been edited like it is. Instead, Resnick and Malzberg have a platform to sneer at their fellow members, especially the women. Never mind the weirdness of a print only glossy magazine that’s mailed to members of an SF professional organization.”

“I started to write Scalzi a letter, but it pretty much boiled down to “God damn it, SFWA! Stop it!” They do a lot of good. A lot of good. But then this kind of crap comes up. They need to stop giving an official platform to sexist bullshit. Those folks can blog about it in their journals if they want. It has no place in an official publication.”

“My membership expired a few months ago and I’ve been planning to renew. Now, I’m not so sure. I’m going to be attending WorldCon in San Antonio in August. I’ll be interested to see how this issue plays out there, in a wider forum. I have met a number of male SF writers who don’t use “lady” as a negative term. It’s more a term of respect than “female” or “woman.” Why not just “author?” I’d imagine it came from a time when there weren’t many women writers in the SF/F field. That’s changed. Especially if you count Urban Fantasy, Steampunk, Dystopian and other sub-genres (and keep in mind that there are any number of purists who don’t think those genres should even qualify for SFWA membership!) Will I renew my membership? I’m frankly torn. I was SOOOO proud (!!) to get the qualifications to become a member. (And yes, it wasn’t a slam dunk to qualify a decade ago with a paranormal romance. Thankfully, it was pubbed by Tor—a longstanding member.) Am I still proud to be a member? Yes, some days, when Victoria is saving another aspiring author with the Writer Beware site. Yes, on days when volunteer task forces are working hard to help authors find money due them, by auditing royalty statements for free. And on days when I realize what amazing people are members. But today isn’t one of those days. Today I’m sad…”

“Whoops. I stopped reading most of the contents of the Bulletins a while ago, which in retrospect was an error. I remember the notorious issue #200 of a few months back. When it arrived I looked at its cover of a busty barely clad heavily made-up chick with every muscle clenched standing over a dead frost giant in snow covered mountains, rolled my eyes, and tossed it in the magazine basket. It struck me at the time as a throwback cover to celebrate a 200th issue, definitely catering to the boys’ club aspects of fsf. I didn’t read the contents and was unaware until recently of Resnick and Malzberg’s jaw-dropping comments on “lady” authors and editors. I pulled that issue out again when issue #202 arrived this week with a big plea for reason from Jim C. Hines in it. Hines is one of my heroes, so I read his column which seemed a clear, reasonable laying out of the necessity for sensible open discussion of sexism and gender. As for the rest of it, I am dismayed.”

“This makes me very sad, as I (naively it seemed) thought that spec fic writers were forward thinking and that the field had become increasingly welcoming to and accepting of female authors in recent years. I am also ineligible for membership, but always assumed that if I ever made the requisite pro sales, I’d join in a heartbeat, both for the benefits of membership and for the chance to associate with some of my favorite writers. The argument that expecting a certain level of maturity and respect in a professional publication’s discourse amounts to censorship is specious at best. First of all, a professional organization has the right to establish guidelines and standards for its own publications and forums and editorials. Second of all, when you use your right to free speech, you donot waive your right to be criticized for what you say. Free speech cuts both ways, and if you say something that makes you sound like you’re the worst kind of drunken 18 year old college freshman, someone else is entitled to use their right to free speech to say so. Criticism is not censorship, nor is someone commenting that people who say things that are bigoted should perhaps consider the effects their words have on others and that the owner of said publication should consider whether or not providing a platform for such views is making the right impression and creating the environment they want to within their organization.”

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