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James D. Macdonald Critical of Author Mark Davis; Throws Stones from His Own Glass House

In 60 Minutes, Absolute Write, Accountability, Advances, Author, Authors, Book Reviews, Credibility, James D. MacDonald, Professionalism, Propaganda, Publishers, Publishing, Reputation, Reputation Management, Travis Tea, Uncategorized on June 30, 2011 at 7:26 pm

Three reviews at Amazon, all five star! All by people who haven’t reviewed anything else. None of them identified as “real name.” Dude, that trick is old.”

James D. Macdonald

AbsoluteWrite readers have been commenting on Author, Mark Davis’ faked kidnapping to promote his new book Rejection. To read more about this unique book marketing strategy, click here.

After reviewing some of the James D. Macdonald book reviews on Amazon, it appears that James D. Macdonald’s swift criticism of Mark Davis may be superfluous. In fact, The Write Agenda discovered some interesting anomalies. The Write Agenda discovered 11 “Five Star” reviews of James D. Macdonald books that were written by people “who haven’t reviewed anything else.” In addition, The Write Agenda also discovered 15 anonymous “5 Star” reviews (i.e., “None of them identified as ‘real name’ “) of James D. Macdonald books. Once again, the always self-righteous James D. Macdonald is being hypocritical and disingenuous.

In a similar article, entitled Victoria Strauss, Throwing Stones from a Glass House? (Click here), The Write Agenda questioned Victoria Strauss’ stone throwing at Author Greg Mortenson. While commenting on the 60 Minutes story regarding possible fabricated stories by Author Greg Mortenson, a pondering Victoria Strauss posted the following question on her Facebook page:

“‎60 Minutes has raised questions about some of the claims in best selling author Greg Mortenson’s books, as well as his charity work. Could this be yet another example of a nonfiction author embroidering the truth?” (Emphasis Added).

Victoria Strauss

Like James D. Macdonald’s fellow “weinerdogVictoria Strauss, it’s very ironic that James D. Macdonald would even consider questioning the veracity of another author while his own needlework on the fabric of truthfulness still remains in question.

The Write Agenda recently called James D. Macdonald out on his purported claim of receiving, on average, $50,000 -$75,000 for book advances. (Click here to read more.)

“The hypocrite’s crime is that he bears false witness against himself.  What makes it so plausible to assume that hypocrisy is the vice of vices is that integrity can indeed exist under the cover of all other vices except this one.  Only crime and the criminal, it is true, confront us with the perplexity of radical evil; but only the hypocrite is really rotten to the core.”

  Hannah Arendt, On Revolution, 1963

References

Macdonald, James D. “Poinsettia Publications – Absolute Write Water Cooler.” Absolute Write. 29 June 2011. Web. 30 June 2011. <http://www.absolutewrite.com/forums/showthread.php?t=217945&gt;.


Victoria Strauss, Throwing Stones from a Glass House?

In 60 Minutes, Accountability, American Book Publishing, Author Greg Mortenson, Authors, Credibility, Free e-book, Free ebook, Investigations, Professionalism, Propaganda, Reputation, Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers Association, SFWA, Victoria Strauss on April 18, 2011 at 6:49 pm

“People who live in glass houses shouldn’t throw stones.”

While commenting on on the 60 Minutes story regarding possible fabricated stories by Author Greg Mortenson, a pondering Victoria Strauss posted the following question on her Facebook page:

 

“‎60 Minutes has raised questions about some of the claims in best selling author Greg Mortenson’s books, as well as his charity work. Could this be yet another example of a nonfiction author embroidering the truth?” (Emphasis Added).

We’ve kind of been wondering and asking the same question to Victoria Strauss and the SFWA regarding their claim of a police investigation regarding American Book Publishing. Could this be yet another example of a “science fiction” author embroidering the truth? Very ironic that Victoria Strauss would even consider questioning the veracity of another author while her own needlework on the fabric of truthfulness still remains in question.

For more information, click on the following links:

 

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

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

Letter to the Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers of America

 “Why are there people who are convinced that they are in charge of what can or cannot be dispersed when it comes to disseminating truth? Much of this rhetoric emanates from . . . leaders who have promoted blindness to the truth while increasing their power over people. It has progressed to the point where they become obsessed in their considerations of image . . . . In doing so, they have abused the trust that was placed in them by their followers.” – Rabbi Yossi

References

Bergen, Peter. “‘Three Cups of Tea’: Served with a Grain of Salt? – CNN.com.” CNN.com International – Breaking, World, Business, Sports, Entertainment and Video News. 18 Apr. 2011. Web. 18 Apr. 2011. <http://edition.cnn.com/2011/SHOWBIZ/04/17/three.cups.of.tea.controversy/&gt;.

Strauss, Victoria. “Victoria Strauss | Facebook.” Facebook.com. 18 Apr. 2011. Web. 18 Apr. 2011. <http://www.facebook.com/victoria.strauss1?sk=wall&gt;.