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The Write Agenda Calls Out The ASJA (Guest Post)

In A.C. Crispin, Ann "A.C." Crispin, Ann Crispin, ASJA, ASJA 2013, ASJA Writer Conference, BARBARA BAUER, BARBARA BAUER LITERARY AGENCY, C. E. Petit, Charles E. Petit, Charles Emil Petit, Charlie. Petit, ILLINOIS ATTORNEY REGISTRATION AND DISCIPLINARY COMMISSION, 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, Passion Blue, Randy Dotinga, Richard White, Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers, Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers Association, SFWA, SFWA 2013 Elections, Strauss, The American Society of Journalists and Authors, The Write Agenda, Victoria Strauss, Watchdog, Writer Beware, Writer Beware & Others on April 16, 2013 at 12:27 am

The American Society of Journalists and Authors schedules its annual conference in New York City each spring.  This year, as part of its invited panel, Victoria Strauss and Richard White of Writer Beware have been invited to serve as keynote panelists.

According to the Write Agenda, these two individuals have made false reports and claims about their competitors on their blogs, while hiding the fact that their own attorney was under investigation in Illinois for years, and subsequently suspended from practicing law for defrauding the estate of John Steinbeck.

At over 200 dollars a person for each day of the session, the Write Agenda cautions people seeking to find professional contacts at the seminar to reconsider how they spend their hard-earned money on an expensive day traveling to and from Manhattan, and listening to reports that are not an accurate portrayal of the business.

The ASJA has responded to the Write Agenda, stating that the conference will continue exactly as planned.

A good journalist checks his/her facts, and does not depend completely  on sources which have a conflict of interest or which may not be honest and reliable. 

REFERENCES

Barbara Bauer Literary Agency, New York Metro Area Matawan NJ 07747. (n.d.). Retrieved from http://www.merchantcircle.com/business/Barbara.Bauer.Literary.Agency.917-683-3403/newsletter/111718

Remove the Writer Beware™ Panelists, Victoria Strauss & Richard C. White, From the 2013 ASJA Annual Writers Conference | The Write Agenda™. (n.d.). Retrieved from https://thewriteagenda.wordpress.com/2013/03/31/remove-the-writer-beware-panelists-victoria-strauss-richard-c-white-from-the-2013-asja-annual-writers-conference/

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.

DoyleMacDonald

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/

Retrieved from https://www.eff.org/files/filenode/wikimedia/BauerSecondAmendedComplaint.pdf

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

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

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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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Tate Publishing & Enterprises, LLC Slams Author P.N. Elrod With a “Another” Cease & Desist Order | 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/2013/01/11/tate-publishing-enterprises-llc-slams-author-p-n-elrod-with-a-another-cease-desist-order/

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

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

–         John Scalzi

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

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

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

–         John Scalzi

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

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

–         John Scalzi

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

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

–         John Scalzi

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

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

 –         John Scalzi

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

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

Dissention on the Rise Within the Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers (SFWA): Scalzi’s Departure Raises Concern About Undesirable Presidential Candidate(s) and the Future of Writer Beware™ | The Write Agenda™. (n.d.). The Write Agenda™ | We scrutinize claims made by others in the publishing industry to evaluate the transparency and accuracy of their reporting. Retrieved from 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/

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

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

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

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

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I may not agree with what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it.

–        Voltaire

(Part 1 of a 4 part series)

It’s official, the 2013 SFWA Presidential Election is off and running: Theodore Beale vs. Steven Gould. The ballots are in the mail. Moreover, it appears that the “defend to the death” part only applies to some individual’s exploits to discredit Beale. Unfortunately, everyone but the candidates are wearing the gloves.

For the moment, let’s forget the mounting hate campaign against Beale and the attacks that he is facing regarding statements that he’s made . . . or your current opinion of him. Forget Beale’s right to freedom of speech. Forget that Beale is a member of member of the SFWA (i.e. one of their own). Forget that Beale is controversial. In fact, he may be controversial enough to turn the SFWA upside down . . . some members of the SFWA find that “scary.”

Nevertheless, we’d like to direct the focus specifically on the candidates proposed platforms. As in any election, the candidates, first and foremost, should be evaluated on their ability to execute the duties of the office . . . not necessarily on what they may have said on Internet blogs while exercising their freedom of speech. Comparatively, outgoing SFWA President, John Scalzi, has said some pretty darn controversial things in the past (and the present). Yet, he was still elected . . .  even if it was with marginal votes and devoid of full SFWA membership participation.

Candidates Platforms

Categories Candidate Platform
SPLIT THE NEBULA AWARDS Theodore Beale Science fiction is not fantasy. Fantasy is not science fiction. I propose doubling the number of Nebula Awards, and presenting awards for Best Novel, Best Novella, Best Novellette, Best Short Story, and Best Script in two categories, Science Fiction and Fantasy.
SPLIT THE NEBULA AWARDS Steven Gould No Comment
AWARD A CASH PRIZE FOR BOTH BEST NOVEL AWARDS Theodore Beale A $5,000 prize will be awarded to the winner of Best Novel:Science Fiction as well as to the winner of Best Novel:Fantasy. The long term goal will be to work towards making the winning of a Nebula a more prestigious and financially valuable event than winning the Man Booker Prize.
AWARD A CASH PRIZE FOR BOTH BEST NOVEL AWARDS Steven Gould No Comment
EXPAND THE MEMBERSHIP Theodore Beale The right to SFWA membership will be granted to all self-published and small press-published authors who have sold more than a specified number of ebooks to be determined, eligibility number to be confirmed via official Amazon report. It will also be granted to all SF/F-related computer game lead designers, senior designers, and writers with primary credits on two or more SF/F-related games.
EXPAND THE MEMBERSHIP Steven Gould If there is a radical spoke to my campaign wheel, it is my desire to form an exploratory committee to examine a future event: a time where we may see the need to admit active members who do not currently fit our current membership requirements. What exactly is a professional writer? We have our membership definitions but we are now seeing writers not just making money, but making good livings without traditional publishing deals. While the time to change our membership requirements may not be here yet, I believe that it’s time to start thinking and talking about this.
ELIMINATE THE APPEARANCE OF CORRUPTION IN THE AWARD PROCESS Theodore Beale Closing the nomination process to the membership and the public made the appearance of corruption worse, not better. Reducing the number of recommendations to reduce logrolling was a good idea, hiding the results from the membership created more harm than good.
ELIMINATE THE APPEARANCE OF CORRUPTION IN THE AWARD PROCESS Steven Gould No Comment
EMPOWERING THE NEBULA JURIES Theodore Beale The most prestigious and lucrative literary prizes are awarded by juries. The Nebulas should be no different if they are to attain equal prestige. I am entirely open to a debate about the best way to ensure jury integrity, but my initial thought is to randomly select the juries from the membership, with jurors barred from voting for works published by their publishers. In situations where the latter bar would lead to an obvious injustice being done, the SFWA President and Vice-President would have the ability to release a juror from the bar on a case-by-case basis if they both agreed such an act was justified by the quality of the work in question.
EMPOWERING THE NEBULA JURIES Steven Gould No Comment
Bestseller Campaigns Theodore Beale If I win I will form a committee consisting of one author from each major publisher, who will be charged with discussing the issue with their publisher and receiving either a confirmation or a denial that the publisher has engaged in “bestseller campaigns” via bulk-buying or other methods.  What will be done with that information will be up to the membership, but at least they will be informed as to the facts of the situation.
Bestseller Campaigns Steven Gould No Comment
Completion Of The Incorporation Plans Steven Gould My short-term goals are the completion of the incorporation plans already approved by the membership and already 98% done by the current board.
Completion Of The Incorporation Plans Theodore Beale The membership has approved it.  I will see that the process is completed in a timely manner.**
Operations Policy and Procedure Manual Steven Gould The Operations Policy and Procedure Manual is another underway project that is critical to SFWA’s progress. Far too often, in the past, the good work of previous boards was undone, as new officers kept reinventing the wheel. [Emphasis added by The Write Agenda ™]
Operations Policy and Procedure Manual Theodore Beale I intend to review the manual to ensure no policies have been put in place without the membership’s knowledge or approval.**
Sweeping Changes Steven Gould I am not interested in reinventing the wheel. I am not interested in sweeping changes.
Sweeping Changes Theodore Beale Obviously an agent of change. The candidate has yet to elaborate on any additional changes.
Education Theodore Beale Beale graduated from Bucknell University in 1990.
Education Steven Gould No known college education.*
Prior Leadership Positions Theodore Beale CEO of 3 technology companies.  Executive board member for $50 million media corporation.**
Prior Leadership Positions Steven Gould Unknown*
The Future and/or Reorganization of Writer Beware™ Theodore Beale I support the work Writer Beware has done in the past but don’t know enough to take any position on modifying or reorganizing it.**
The Future and/or Reorganization of Writer Beware™ Steven Gould Unknown*

*Either candidate may contact The Write Agenda™ at the_write_agenda@hotmail.com to update and/or correct this summary of their platforms.

** Updates submitted by Theodore Beale 03.01.13

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

–          Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi

Ironically, the attacks being waged against Beale are approaching the same intensity of those found in the allegations in the Bauer vs. Glatzer case. (Note: Glatzer, who co-authored a book on “bullying” has yet to weigh in on the Beale vs. Gould race.) What could possibly explain the increase in fervor for the attacks against Beale? Bottom line: Beale poses a real threat to the SFWA and its status quo. In spite of Beale’s recent public display of modesty wherein he downplayed his viability as candidate . . . the reality is that he may be a very serious candidate for this position. Why? There may be enough dissention within the SFWA membership, which desires change, to actually elect him.

Another reason that the SFWA has to take Beale seriously is that, historically speaking, voter turnout within the SFWA has been low in prior elections. Outgoing SFWA President John Scalzi was in fact elected on marginal votes.  Let’s revisit some of the voting results which led to putting Scalzi in the position of President of the SFWA. The SFWA claims to have a membership of 1800. During the 2010 elections, only 305 ballots were received (16%). 44 ballots were discarded due to SFWA procedural requirements; leaving 261 qualified ballots (14%). President, John Scalzi received merely 208 votes. Therefore, approximately 11% of the entire membership voted Scalzi into office. Treasurer Amy Casil Sterling was elected with 151 votes (8% of the entire membership). Comparatively, national voter turnout in federal elections has been as high as 56.8% in recent years. What was the cause of this dismal voting behavior? Was it due to disenchantment or indifference?

In fact, this historical voter complacency within the SFWA could possibly work in Beale’s favor; which may explain the current smear, misinformation and efforts to discredit him. To the best of our knowledge, neither the SFWA, John Scalzi, Victoria Strauss nor Ann “A.C.” Crispin have ever mounted such a vigorous “Get out the vote” campaign against a SFWA candidate. In addition, as an expose’ on organizational fraternalism, the SFWA home page (www.sfwa.org) even hosts a promotional link to a book written by Gould. Thus, this alone should raise questions regarding fairness and reciprocal promotion (to Theodore Beale). Gould could “man-up” and request that the link be removed . . . yet, he has not.

As is typical in this SFWA community, the attacks against Beale are becoming personal, they avoid the content of his platform and they are either ad hominem or red herring in nature. Nevertheless, Beale has raised some very substantive issues regarding the current state of the SFWA. We hope to hear from both candidates regarding the gaps in their platforms and relative experiences in leadership. Simply writing books and being a “friend” (quoting Scalzi on Gould) isn’t convincing enough to elect an individual to this postion or endorse him.

COMING SOON:

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

PART II – Perfect Candidate vs. Perfect Patsy

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

In A.C., A.C. Crispin, Absolute Write, Absolute Write Water Cooler, Ann "A.C." Crispin, Ann Crispin, Authors, BARBARA BAUER, BARBARA BAUER LITERARY AGENCY, Bauer vs. Glatzer, C. E. Petit, Charles E. Petit, Charles Emil Petit, Charlie. Petit, Cretella v. Kuzminski, Crispin, David L. Kuzminski, DEFAMATION, defamatory, ILLINOIS ATTORNEY REGISTRATION AND DISCIPLINARY COMMISSION, James D. MacDonald, Jenna Glatzer, John Scalzi, lawsuit, lawsuits, Legal Issues, MacAllister Stone, Making Light, Miss Snark, Mystery Writers of America, Passion Blew, Passion Blue, Patrick Niclsen-Hayden, Preditors & Editors, Publisher, Publishers, Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers, SFWA, The Write Agenda, Travis Tea, Victoria Strauss, Watchdog, Whatever, Wikimedia Foundation, Writer, Writer Beware, Writers, Yog's Law on February 13, 2013 at 3:12 am

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Barbara Bauer, EDITORIAL: THE DISGRACE OF WRITER BEWARE

In A.C., A.C. Crispin, Ann "A.C." Crispin, Ann Crispin, BARBARA BAUER, BARBARA BAUER LITERARY AGENCY, Bauer vs. Glatzer, C. E. Petit, C.K Casner, Charles E. Petit, Charles Emil Petit, Charlie. Petit, David L. Kuzminski, Jenna Glatzer, John Scalzi, Legal Issues, Literary, Making Light, Miss Snark, P.N. Elrod, Passion Blew, Passion Blue, Patrick Niclsen-Hayden, Preditors & Editors, Rachael Saltzman, Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers, Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers Association, SFWA, Shark, The Write Agenda, Travis Tea, Victoria Strauss, Writer, Writer Beware on August 16, 2012 at 10:42 pm

EDITORIAL: THE DISGRACE OF WRITER BEWARE

Cyberbullying.  It’s now in the public consciousness.  But when and how did it get started?  A clue can  be found in the business community.

In the 90’s, when personal computers were still not yet in every household, the internet was virtually the wild wild West.  Anyone with a computer and access to the internet could  dominate their market.  This trend caught on in the business community.  Anyone could post negative or false information about their competitors without consequences.  This was the birth of cyberbullying.
In time, it trickled down to just about everyone. School children began to use computers, cell phones, etc. to bully their peers.

By 2005, Writer Beware had created a false literary agent named “Miss Snark” who was supposed to be a seasoned professional in New York City.  “Miss Snark” was used to “knock” certain businesses and to praise selected businesses.  “Miss Snark” and Writer Beware went onto as many web sites as possible to do damage to targeted businesses..  A “googlebomb” or linking strategy was used in order to cause the negative postings to appear in a search engine.  The negative postings would appear at the top of the page, and would make it impossible for anyone to find the business’s web site.

By 2006 Writer Beware and their affiliates had made it a practice to make any type of antisocial or terrorist threat without any consequences, claiming “lack of jurisdiction” when accused of bad behavior. An example was a  posting about a literary agent on Absolute Write, a Writer Beware affiliate, in which the posters (Jenna Glatzer and MacAlister Stone) were directing their readers to attack him and cut off his genitals. These types of terrorist threats were quite common on the web sites of Absolute Write, Writers Net, Speculations and Writer Beware.  In fact they are their customary way of doing business.

At around the same time in 2006, the rest of the world was also engaged in this type of activity, with people creating false identities to harass others.  2006 was the year of the suicide of Megan Meyer, a thirteen-year-old girl who hung herself in her bedroom closet because she had been rejected by a fictitious boy named “Josh Evans,” a creation of her neighbor down the street in her home town in Missouri.

Cyberbullying is now politically incorrect after the famous Tyler Clemente case in New Jersey.
But  Writer Beware continues along its merry way, because the law has not yet caught up to them.
Claiming to report literary fraud, (the terminally-ill with Cancer) Ann Crispin and Victoria Strauss and Richard White refused to cover the Charles Petit story when he was accused and punished by an Illinois Court for cheating the John Steinbeck estate because Petit was a frequent contributor (screen name “Jaws”) to blogs at Writer Beware, Absolute Write, Making Light, etc.   He was also the attorney for (the terminally-ill with Cancer) Ann Crispin, Victoria Strauss and Jenna Glatzer.

The majority of posters who follow Writer Beware appear to be unpublished authors who have not made the grade, or else fictitious renditions of Strauss, (the terminally-ill with Cancer) Crispin and their spouses…