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“An Author site/blog using Google ads to generate revenue from authors probably isn’t anyone you want to read.”

– The Write Agenda

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

11/25/2011: Writer Beware seems to be defending Book Country (Writer Beware – Victoria Strauss)

ALERT: Blogger Get’s it Wrong: Amazon Sales Rankings are Valuable Metrics if Benchmarked over Time

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

ALERT: (Posted 10/25/11) P.N. Elrod Claims Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers (SFWA) Has Hackers: Cyber Crime Incitement?

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

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

12/31/3011

Bookstore closing ‘huge loss’ for patrons
Georgetown Barnes & Noble quietly shuts its doors

Innovate or Be Left Behind: Lessons From Amazon | SEO Expert 

Straight From Hel: Wanna Be in Print?

Cost Of Publishing a Guide Evaluating the costs Affiliated With 

Amazon Stops Selling ‘Not Gay, Just Sissy’ Calendar

Chaska native publishes book of his travels (PublishAmerica)

Amazon Announces Unexpected Holiday Sales for Kindle Line

New Year’s resolutions – write that book you’ve always been talking about

How to Choose the Best Method for Publishing Your Book by 

2012 publishing predictions part 2 | FutureBook

Thrown to the Wolves! HarperCollins Sues Over Julie of the Wolves E-Book Rights

How publishing changed in 2011: O’Reilly’s take

Booksellers enjoy late sales boost – The Bookseller

How to Sell More Books in 2012 – Matilija Press

Publishers Weigh In On The Future of Ebooks

No happy ending for book industry

Bookstores must reinvent themselves

Amazon: 4M Kindles sold in Dec., e-book sales up  – GameSpasm

Book sales – The Atlantic Wire

Lump in the road: Woman pens children’s book based on personal  (Tate Publishing)

When Amazon Calls: Two SelfPublished Authors Reflect

US Jewish publisher out with Talmud index

Small publisher says Amazon helped it to survive and prosper 

HC US sues over Open Road e-book

Levelland author Eric Taylor releases ‘Mist’ novel (Tate Publishing)

Is Jesus Divine? : The Christian Pulse (American Book Publishing)

12/30/2011

Tracking Amazon: The Top Books of 2011

Mark Coker « The Write Agenda™ (The Write Agenda)

Smashwords Top 20 Books Perform Equally as well on Amazon: It’s  (The Write Agenda)

Books That Are Never Done Being Written

Publish-Me! Selfpublishing introduction – YouTube

2011 The SelfPublishing Year In Review | David Gaughran

Self Publishing vs. Traditional Publishing « Self Publishing Advisor

Self Publishing Predictions for 2012 | Book Cover Cafe

Author’s Edge – Eloquent Books & Strategic Book Publishing  (Eloquent Books & Strategic Book Publishing)

tatepublishing’s Channel – YouTube (Tate Publishing)

12/29/2011

Amazon Says It Sold More Than 4 Million Kindle Devices; E-Book Gifting Takes Off

A Year In Books: Telling Me Something I Didn’t Know

Why Traditional Marketing Doesn’t Sell Books « Kristen Lamb’s Blog

When a Book Comes Out in Ebook – Interview with Sherri 

Bestselling Books Of 2011

PublishAmerica Author Janice Tuzo schedules book signing News By  (PublishAmerica)

12/28/2011

Used book market a thing of the past

Outskirts Press Announces Winner of the Free Amazon Kindle in Their 25 Days of 

Top 10 Literary News Stories of 2011 « Commentary Magazine

12/27/2011

Outskirts Press Announces Winner of the Free Amazon Kindle in Their 25 Days of 

HarperCollins Sues Open Road Over E-Book Rights

12/26/2011

Publishers vs. Libraries: An E-Book Tug of War

Dean Wesley Smith » New World of Publishing: Failure is an Option 

Interview: Jami Alden, co-author of ‘SEAL of My Dreams’

Hackettstown author recognized in national book contest

Print On Demand and Epublishing News She Writes

12/24/2011

SelfPublishing Review | Blog | Boost Your Book Sales with Press 

How Book Sales are Influenced « Savvy Writers & e-Books online

Local student publishes book (PublishAmerica)

12/23/2011

Ventura author claims literary award (Tate Publishing)

Area woman shares her faith experiences (Tate Publishing)

Kindle Author: How I Got 4800 Amazon Customers to Download My 

Bestselling authors aren’t always what they seem

Google tries to kick Authors Guild out of court in book case

USA TODAY BEST-SELLERS | The Republic

The great ebook price swindle

Startup e-Book House Releases Crime Anthology

Borders may be gone, but book store stays in the community 

Sudbury man puts Thoreau’s principles into action (Park East Press)

Salisbury News: Local Author Releases Children’s Book Nationwide (Tate Publishing)

Local author hopes to uplift others through book (Tate Publishing)

Eastchester groundskeeper publishes poetry (PublishAmerica)

12/22/2011

Waterstone’s backs down over Mein Kampf

E-book Sales And Self-Publishing : NPR

The Overlooked Books of 2011

Milli Brown Will Publish Your Book—If You Can Afford It

Craig James’ attorney seeks depositions from book publishers

Wimpy Kid Goes to Court Against Zombie

Wimpy Kid author files lawsuit against Zombie Kid publisher

Craig James Files Complaint Against Book Publishers

Wimpy Kid author sues Antarctic Press over Diary of a Zombie Kid

National Agents Alliance announces bestselling author Jon Gordon will be 

Imperfectly Matched – Legal Thriller Brings Together 2 Opposites  (Strategic Book Publishing)

The Downside to SelfPublishing: Not What You’d Think | Life is but 

Self-Publishing Review | Blog | Guidelines to Consider in Marketing 

A Christmas memoir (PublishAmerica)

PublishAmerica Presents Red Mars and Other Poems from September  (PublishAmerica)

F.C. Resident, Poet Dies at 69 (PublishAmerica)

Delaware author gets inside betrayer’s head (Strategic Book Publishing)

12/21/2011

Ernest Hemingway’s granddaughter returns to author’s Cuban home 

Michael Chabon Challenges Publishers On Digital Royalties – GalleyCat

Amazon Updates Kindle Fire Software: Fixes Some Nagging Issues

Publishers pick their wishes and misses of 2012

Contact 2: BBB Warns Of ‘E Reader’ Scammers

Book Publishing Insider Tipped Law Firms About eBook Price Fixing 

Venti, daughter write book (Tate Publishing)

Amazon Makes the Fire Less Balky

12/20/2011

Official Outskirts Press EVVY Award Nominees for 2011 « Self 

And the Lead Counsel in E-Books Price-Fixing Litigation Is…

Book Marketing Mistakes That Cost You Sales | SmartAuthorSites 

Borders era over as judge confirms bookseller’s liquidation

Amazon Kindle Fire, B&N Nook Tablet getting software updates

George Pelecanos novel steers marketing in new direction

Changes made to Alberta Readers Choice book award

East Lansing Barnes and Noble Set to Close

East Lansing Barnes and Noble Set to Close

Amazon Kindle Fire 6.2.1 update rolls out

BBB Warning: eBook Scams Rip Off Readers, Authors And Publishers

12/19/2011

Publisher accuses SCAF of libel after incitement accusations

Thank You For a Great Year in 2011 | Publishing Perspectives

Over 10,000 Facebook Fans (PublishAmerica)

HarperCollins Selects Ingram Publisher Services/Spring Arbor for Christian 

The Peach Tree Kids Author to Appear on KAZVTV’s Central Valley  (Strategic Book Publishing)

Brick-And-Mortar Retailers Want You To Boycott Amazon

Does the cream really rise in selfpublishing? | Leah Raeder

A look at selfpublishing | TeleRead: News and views on e-books 

News to Use (PublishAmerica)

Sales jump for books written by Hitchens

What can free do for your book? – Erik Emery Hanberg

The Tim Tebow Phenomenon Translates Into Bestselling Book

Author Mistakes | Motion Publishing

eBooks Could cost More Than Printed If Publishers Get Their Way

The Importance Of Reviews

Why authors don’t need traditional publishers anymore

Self Publishing news

SelfPublishing IS Real Publishing-The Difference is up to You

Amazon Kindle Fire Is Far From A ‘Failure’

Craig resident’s new book promotes tips for happier living (Tate Publishing)

12/18/2011

Review: Biography: One Click: Jeff Bezos And The Rise O Amazon.com by Richard 

SelfPublishing And Ebook Predictions For 2012 | The Creative Penn

Five reasons NOT to selfpublish your novel as an e-book

Self Publishing, Inc – Publishing service for the selfpublisher

Selfpublishing vs. Big-house publishing | The Free-eBooks.net Blog

Setting Goals For SelfPublishing | CCC’s Beyond the Book

12/17/2011

Author Amanda Hocking – An Inspiration for All Writers

M&M to launch digital publishing system in Saudi

At Amazon, Talking Long Term and Meaning It

E-readers: Amazon selling 1 million Kindles per week

Author relates lesson in sport to lesson in life (PublishAmerica)

Sales jump for books written by Hitchens

The Library Alternative

Author-it Software Launches Author-it Cloud

Author Hitchens always a humanist

Interview: Marliss Melton, co-author of ‘SEAL of My Dreams’

Self-publishing: it’s crucial to be realistic

When Self-Publishing Goes Wrong – Grasping for the Wind

So Cupcake: Brenda L. Wagstaff (Tate Publishing)

12/16/2011

Barnes & Noble (BKS) Orders 1.5M NOOKs, But Competition Stiffens

Writer Beware: Buying “Access” to Studio Execs and Agents 

2011 December 08 « Self Publishing News For SelfPublishing 

Horror author Stephen King helps raise $240000 to help poor Mainers pay 

Will Amazon Respect Its Kindle Fire Customers? | Geoff Livingston’s 

Publishing News: “Hating Amazon is not a strategy” – O’Reilly Radar

Bodyguardz offers protection for the Amazon Kindle Fire » Coolest 

Amazon announces new free expedited shipping deal

Local Bookstores Call For Boycott Of Amazon For Advertising Their Prices

Does It Matter That Kindle Books Were $9.99 Before Anyone Used E-Readers?

Nook Headed to the UK?

Barnes & Noble to Take Deliveries of 1.1 Million Nook Tablets in Q4 (BKS)

Amazon vs The World | The Big Picture

Amazon offers some Kindle numbers: 1 million sold a week — Tech 

Amazon: For The Third Week, Kindle (Including The Fire) Sales 

Amazon Reports Blowout Kindle Sales Numbers — Close To The 

Here’s A Real-ish Kindle Number From Amazon | paidContent

Self Publishing Has Taken on a New Form in the E-Book Market 

Publishers Block the Path to Successful E-Book Sales | SixEstate

Facebook Fan Page – How To Use It For Book Marketing

E-book reader sales to boom as prices plunge

Featured Book-of-the-Week – Self Publishing News For Self 

Newark author gets 2nd story published in ‘Chicken Soup for the Soul’

Publisher Happy About Gives its Authors an Early Holiday Gift with 2-for-1 Deal

USA TODAY BEST-SELLERS

Joe Simon, a Creator of Captain America, Is Dead at 98

E-book readers

Save $200 When Self-Publishing This Holiday Season

Amazon Spent $450000 Lobbying Gov’t in Q3

“KDP Select is the best way I know to bring my – Amazon Media 

Christopher Hitchens, author and polemicist, dead at 62

12/15/2011

Local author writes about Pat Boone (Tate Publishing)

Tate Publishing – Marketing Department Blog: Serving to Sell

Using SquidLit to Promote Your SelfPublished eBook – Article 

A writer’s guide to getting selfpublished

Amazon’s contentious relationship with authors and bookstores

Why Authors and Social Media Are Meant for Each Other

Publishers Are Still Missing the Boat on E-book Prices

Amazon selling over 1 million Kindles a week

The SelfPublished Author as the Self-Employed Author | The 

Russell Hoban, ‘Frances’ Author, Dies at 86

Shakopee Author Catches Ancestral Spirit in First Novel (Tate Publishing)

West Michigan book publisher capitalizing on Tim Tebow mania

Author Russell Hoban dies aged 86

New Book Trailer Added – The Book Marketing Network

From Published to #1 Amazon Bestseller in 3 Months

3 Simple Book Sales Techniques | Sales Training

Successful Self Publishing – Go Sign Me UP!

Writing and Publishing News » Blog Archive » Secrets to an Author’s 

Raindrop Story by Brighton Teen Fits Rainy Day at Hartland Montessori (Tate Publishing)

Student Run Press Has Published 31 Novels

Video Interview: The Future of Publishing | Jane Friedman

7 Things I Learned from Publishing a Book

Flipside: Bringing Filipino e-books to the market

Barnes & Noble accused of “censoring Christmas”

12/14/2011

Interview with Emma Marris, Author of Rambunctious Garden 

Bestselling Author and Screenwriter Prepares His Memoir for the Big Screen

Author Success Stories – SBPRA (Strategic Book Publishing and  (Strategic Book Publishing & Rights Agency)

Amazon to stab retail in the heart, says report. Welcome to Q4!

The Kindle Fire’s big security problem

Court clears ‘Bookseller of Kabul’ author

SBPRA Family of Authors Can Help Author’s Son This Holiday Season

Russell Hoban, cult author, dies aged 86

Authors leave publishing houses out of the plot

Amazon Price Check May Be Evil But It’s the Future

Self-Publishing Enables Dual Career Paths

Writer Wednesday: Surprising Things Literary Agents Can Do For You

eBook Exclusivity — A Good or Bad Idea? « An American Editor

Amazon plays hardball with bookstores and writers

Amazon Price Check Discount Has Competitors Crying Foul | PCWorld

Booksellers Deplore Amazon ‘Poaching’ Ploy

Amazon Kindle Fire Improvements: 10 Must-Have Fixes for a New Version

Dymocks responds to criticism of D Publishing contract

Saray Publishing

Read for success? India’s business books take off

20 Little-Known Marketing Blogs You Should Be Reading – A SPN 

Apple Faces Another Set of Antitrust Accusers

Q&A With Brittany Geragotelis: Author Of “Life’s A Witch” | Ypulse

Interview With A Successful Writer: Rebecca O’Connor, Award 

New Self Published Authors – Stephen’s Lighthouse

Woman’s Bestselling SelfPublished Book Will Now Become A Movie

How C. Leigh Purtill Self Published After a Traditional Book Deal 

Handbook of Nutrition and the Kidney – Helm Publishing (Helm Publishing)

W. Robert (Bob) Gouin’s New Book Studies Of Biblical Chronology (AuthorHouse & Tate Publishing)

Sares leaves the boxing world to delve into crime in his newest book (Tate Publishing)

Strategic Book Publishing Signs Groundbreaking eBook Deal for  (Strategic Book Publishing)

12/13/2011

EU Investigates e-Book Pricing

With 5% Discount, Amazon Triples Use of Controversial App

Amazon.com CEO Bezos and wife donate $15M to build Princeton Neuroscience 

Strategic Book Publishing Signs Groundbreaking eBook Deal for  (Strategic Book Publishing)

Twin Cities book publisher Ned Waldman dies at 78

Amazon’s Bezos Gives $15 Million to Princeton for Brain Research

Author claims Somali pirates burned his books | Washington Examiner

Author claims Somali pirates burned his books

Print Books Still Rule the Holidays: The Trouble With Gifting an E-Book

e-Book Sales Double – Association of Independent Authors (AiA)

Kindle Fire: good reviews, but some complaints

Ontario Book Publishing Tax Credit

The Case for SelfPublishing, with John Mackey and Steven Bryant 

3 Ways to Use Market Research « Self Publishing Advisor

Cards Wanted for Boy with Leukemia (Please send a card to Joey.)

eBook authors cashing in on popularity of eReaders this holiday season

Yahoo countersues Singapore publisher on copyright

A feast for book lovers at international fair

Jeremy Thompson from Matador publishing at the London Book Fair 

Have You Heard About FBA? | Bookshop Blog

An electrifying new twist in the plot as books turn over page for fresh chapter

Vancouver author signs two-book deal with D&M

Self-published authors find e-success

Interview with Debra Burroughs, Author of She Had No Choice

PERPETUAL FOLLY: Indie vs. Self Publishing

Self-publishing vs. Big-house publishing | The Free-eBooks.net Blog

Greg Goldstein promoted to President of IDW Publishing – ComicList

Interview: Whitney Stewart, Author of Give Me A Break: No-Fuss Meditation

Fisherman becomes author at 98

Victoria Strauss Interview YouTube

12/12/2011

Chamber chief calls for Amazon.com boycott

In the Wake of Protest: One Woman’s Attempt to Unionize Amazon

US-Israeli Author Found Guilty of Plagiarism

Writing and Publishing News » Blog Archive » When Can I Quit 

Kindle Self-Publishers Soon to Become Amazon Exclusives

“The Help” author’s next book almost year late

Amazon Kindle Fire Update Promised | WebProNews

Amazon Dies In A Fire

Amazon’s Publishing Reputation

Rob Lowe Lands Another Book Deal

Strategic Book Publishing & Rights Agency

Brenner GRAND PRIZE Winner (Strategic Book Publishing & Rights Agency)

Lambert Wins First Prize (Strategic Book Publishing & Rights Agency)

Amazon’s Fire is Fueling Debate

Why Are Google and Amazon Fighting?

Amazon set to roll out update to Kindle Fire

Writers Need To Be Adaptable In Order To Succeed: The Porter 

New Free PDF e-Book: 10 Things You Need to Know About Self 

PUBSLUSH: Publisher Uses Readers to Find New Writing Talent 

US the latest authority to probe e-book pricing

New media regulator could cover digital publishers

Is selfpublishing really only for genre writers?

SelfPublishing in Print Update « Shanna Hatfield

Self Publishing for the Eco-Conscious « Self Publishing Advisor

D Publish, Dymocks Offer Self Publishing Deal For Authors 

The Precarious Portentious Perils Of SelfPublishing

Seal Press Author Offers Eight Ways to Give Back During Hanukkah (Mitzvah . . .  the Right Way)

Jerusalem court finds author Naomi Ragen guilty of plagiarism

12/11/2011

Controversial Book Gives Daring Twist On Black Culture! (PublishAmerica)

How to DELETE your Smashwords Account

Censorship causes blindess. This is a complaint against Smashwords.

Publisher defends Shore author against plagiarism claims

How Amanda Hocking REALLY Did It- An Inspiration for All Authors 

What is Amazon’s KDP Select Program? – CrimeSpace

Kindle Publishing and how it works. « Madame Guillotine

10 Reasons Why I Am Self Publishing

Local Author Will Discuss The Pros And Cons Of Self-Publishing 

When the supposed scam busters & watchdogs are scamming

Publication Proposals Ways to Get Your own to the Top of the Stack

Selfpublished author sells 400000 copies of debut novel 

How 3 Publishing Myths Kill the Author | Savas Publishing 

Selfpublishing: Upending the Book Industry | James Russell Ament

How One Author’s Self Published Book Became a Best Seller 

Darcie Chan – a selfpublishing success story – She Writes

What I Got Out of SelfPublishing | The Gatekeepers Post

REMINDER: If you are participating in Amazon’s KDP Select, remove your books from all other distribution channels!

Local author to hold book signing at Town Center mall (Tate Publishing)

Top-Selling Authors Adopt New York Area Schools, Meet with Local (Tate Publishing)

Children’s Care BlogTalk – Book signing December 15th at 

12/10/2011

Authors, Have you ever been censored by Smashwords? Tell us your story.

Pay Me, Bug! vs. Smashwords: Round One | Eviscerati.net

Amazon KDP Support : Smashwords’ Mark Coker Blasts KDP …

Mark Coker, Amazon and the value of indie authors

Nancy Steinbeck « The Write Agenda™ (The Write Agenda)

About books: Victim of bullying writes book about his experience (PublishAmerica & Tate Publishing)

C. E. Petit « The Write Agenda™ (The Write Agenda)

SelfPublishing Packages – MindStir Media

Rachel Morgan Writes: Why SelfPublishing Appeals to Me

12/9/2011

Charles Emil Petit « The Write Agenda™ (The Write Agenda)

Police arrest crime author on suspicion of DUI

Local Bookstores Ask Customers To Boycott Amazon Over New Price Check App Offer

E-Library Books Ready for Checkout on Kindles Through North Carolina Libraries

Smashwords Founder, Mark Coker, Trying to Take on Goliath: Obviously Concerned

Mark Coker of Smashwords is Showing Evidence of Being in Bed with Writer Beware

Nancy Steinbeck « The Write Agenda™ (The Write Agenda)

Local author loves writing about turtles for children (Tate Publishing)

Amazon’s Evil Price Check App: Kicking Bookstores While They’re Down

Do Writers Really Need a Book Business Plan? by Deborah Riley 

Top 10 ways to promote your virtual book tour

Former resident writes third book (PublishAmerica)

How I Became a Best-Selling Author

Local signs romance book Saturday (Strategic Book Group)

12/8/2011

Amazon Bribes Self-Published Authors to Sell Exclusively Through the Kindle Store

Amanda Knox to release tell-all book

Taylor Armstrong ‘Didn’t Feel Safe’ To Publish Book Until Husband’s Suicide

Publish an Ebook Now

Publishing in Latin America

Diana Colbert, wife of author Charles Bock, dies

BISG Issues Best Practices For Assigning Digital ISBNs

Why I don’t selfpublish | Myke Cole

Amazon Sets Up $6 Million Royalty Fund for Lending Library Authors

Amazon launches $6M fund to fuel Kindle Direct Publishing

China’s Dangdang Does An Amazon With E-Books, Apps, E-Reader

Future is here with Library Without Walls

Neil Cavuto Asks Donald Trump ‘If All This Is Just To Get Publicity 

Yes, but look at $9.99 upside-down — The Horn Book

Australian authors and publishers get a new advertising outlet

Would You Pay Dymocks $499 To Publish Your Book?

Vanity, thy name is publishing

The Seduction Of Self-Publishing

Bachmann book sells just 3000 copies in two weeks

Should Amazon.com pay Michigan tax? Retail groups say yes, as Amazon offers 
Amazon Kindle Will Win Thanks To Hype, Not Performance

Retail groups lash out after Amazon announces Price Check app promotion

Justice Department confirms investigation of e-book industry

12/7/2011

Get a read on books for the wine lover on your list (Oak Tree Press)

30 Book Awards for SelfPublished Authors — The Book Designer

3 Things Mark Cuban’s Self Publishing Can Mean for You 

Albertville Christian author inks the deal (Tate Publishing)

What You Need to Know About Amazon’s BookPublishing Move

Publishing News: E-book market forecast to hit $5.2B as the book 

What’s the truth behind multiple personality disorder?

Justice Department Confirms E-Book Probe

Amazon will launch Kindle Fire in the UK in January

Publishing company launches young adult line aimed at peer readers

Author Emma Lou Thayne Receives Utah Governor’s Mansion Artist Award

Amanda Knox inks multi-million deal with Blair and Obama’s book agent

Jolie Accused Of Stealing Croation Author’s Story For ‘In The Land 

New Charles Dickens coin honors author

Amanda Knox book deal on its way with Robert Barnett’s help

Amazon strengthens drive into publishing

Sylvia’s book for her mum (PublishAmerica)

Price Check! Amazon App Takes Aim at Brick-and-Mortars

Amazon to Pay Your Customers $15 to Dump You

Amazon app will pay you $15 bucks to walk out on retailers

Readmill goes public: is the future of books social? — Tech News 

Books, like diamonds, are forever | Adverblog

Amazon acquires 450 Books from Publisher Marshall Cavendish

Six Shortcomings of Small Presses | LitReactor

Do you Wattpad? | Dystel & Goderich Literary Management

Leaked Document: Hachette Explains Why Publishers Are Relevant 

New option for selfpublished authors | www.clarkhoward.com

South Vienna writer to debut mystery novel | The Madison-Press (Tate Publishing)

12/6/2011

How to Evaluate Book Marketing Services | Jerry D. Simmons

Amazon Publishing to Acquire Marshall Cavendish

Literary Review: No Author is Safe from the Bad Sex Prize

Apple in e-book price fixing probe

EU Investigating Possible Cartel in E-Book Market

Publisher: Author didn’t lift material for novel about Edgar Allen Poe’s child 

How to Make Your Writing More Visible Online

Award-Winning Author Stephen Stark Chooses Lulu.com

Amazon – Please Fix the Fire

Overstock.com Announces Partnership with Barnes & Noble to Sell eBooks Through 

The most influential bookseller in Britain calls Amazon the devil

Trending toward the truth: Poll shows internet retail relies on brick-and 

Ask Shama: How Do I Market My Book Using Social Media?

Marketing with Spiritual Intent for Memoirists–Lynn Serafinn 

Bill of Rights for Friends of Authors | Hannibal and Me

APW: The Book Marketing Minefield « A Place for Writers

Thomas Allen and Cormorant launch e-book initiative for indie bookstores

Amanda Knox Teams with Lawyer to Broker Book Deal

Blog Business Success Radio – Blog Business World (Tate Publishing)

ECU freshman published at 16 | ECUNewsletter (Tate Publishing)

SHAW: Are libraries next to go?

EU in antitrust probe of Apple, e-book publishers

Apple, Book Publishers Face European Antitrust Probe

Rewriting the rules for publishing

AUTHOR INTERVIEW: Crime writer gets better with each book

Southland libraries delve into e-reader mystery

book enthusiasts « Self Publishing News For Self-Publishing Authors

Amazon’s Kindle Fire Has Business Potential

Publishers warm to e-books on their own terms

Amazon’s cloud extinguishes Kindle Fire?

Self Publishing, Inc – Publishing service for the selfpublisher

Famous SelfPublished Authors: Benjamin Franklin « Self 

SelfPublishing Review | Blog | Interview with Henry Mosquera

12/5/2011

Author Press Release (Strategic Book Group) – Posterous (Strategic Book Group)

Inspiration Creates Aspiration: A Guide to Help Develop New  (Strategic Book Publishing & Rights Agency)

Area graduate writes book about retriever’s many antics (Strategic Book Group)

Susan Whitfield’s Blog: Marilyn Meredith (Oak Tree Press)

Google Plans to Seek Books Lawsuit Dismissal

The Ugly Truth About Consumer Book Reviews: Part One

Beware of fake Amazon account confirmation emails

Daunt is wrong: Amazon is no devil

The Truth About Amazon Publishing, Part II

With 13 Million Readers on Wattpad, YA Novelist Tries Self-Publishing

Eagan businessman’s marketing strategy: self-publishing a book

Booksellers, Multinationals Battle Over Spain’s E-book Buyers 

High Praise for Budding Author from Bestselling Jacquelyn Mitchard

Workshop to teach authors how to publish works

David Shanks, CEO of Penguin Group (USA), Named US Book Publishing “Person of 

The First 10000

The Arts: On Writing and Publishing – Lawrence F. Lihosit on “Self 

The Writing Bomb: Turning SelfPublishing Into Self-Employed

How To Write & Market Your Business Book [Resource Page] | The 

Book Marketing « Savvy Writers & e-Books online

You Sold How Many Books? | The Gatekeepers Post

Kobo offers a free e-book each month

Barnes & Noble In Financial Trouble – The Borders Syndrome 

Bestselling SelfPublished Novelist Ja Konrath Talks Writing and 

Tips And Tricks To get SelfPublishing Your Book 

Amazon.com executive dies in Lake Huron plane crash

Anne K. Albert: Day 11: Mystery We Write Tour with John M. Daniel (Oak Tree Press)

12/4/2011

Publisher faces flak for ‘silence’

Breaking News: Highly-Publicized Book Tour Placed On Hiatus

National Writer Series receives kudos from Publishers Weekly |

Niche Authors Offered Customized, Comprehensive Marketing Services At Your

Hotsheet – Helmi Jensen – Strategic Book Publishing & Rights  (Strategic Book Publishing & Rights Agency)

The Unusual Story of Girelli the Gelliphant | PRLog (Strategic Book Publishing & Rights Agency)

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

Author Watch – Best Sellers – December 3, 2011

December Article

Interview: Author Melissa Foster

Marketing strategist Frank Sonnenberg discusses success, book publishing

Park East Press » It’s Not About You (Park East Press)

Publish America Presents Clouds of a Ghoulish War by Bobby David  (PublishAmerica)

Life no storybook for homeless Lancaster woman (PublishAmerica)

The Kill Zone: Literary Agents in the Digital Age

Livia Blackburne: Tips On Responding to Public Criticism (Inspired 

Michael Larsen’s tips for becoming a successful writer

12/3/2011

Yuma author releases ‘Travels of Tommy T. Turtle” (Tate Publishing)

Tuttle teacher authors book (Tate Publishing)

Writer offers sobering account on life in Rwanda (Tate Publishing)

About Books: Learn about e-books at library events (PublishAmerica)

The trouble with Word Mills: Writers Beware.

The way to Market a E-book | Piano Trio Spirale

Authors in Grand Junction today (Tate Publishing @ B&N)

Kobo Launches Free E-Book Club

Reasons Not to SelfPublish in 2011-2012: A List | The Passive Voice

Weekly SelfPublished Book Review: Modern Disciples « Self 

Oak Tree Press Blog: December 2011 (Oak Tree Press)

Cory Doctorow: Copyrights vs. Human Rights

How publishers gave Amazon a stick to beat them with

Yup, Silk is Slow – Tests Confirm Amazon’s Browser is Slower Than 

Nielsen Research Finds Metadata Helps Increase Book Sales

European E-Book Sales Hampered by Tax Structure

Barnes & Noble Nook Is Now A $220 Million Business

Author seeking investors for epic Port City history

Has book blogging hit the wall? William Morrow’s blogger notice

In Case You Missed It: “What makes a beautiful (and marketable) book?”

David Shanks: PW Person of the Year 2011

Marketing Links You’d Be Crazy to Ignore | Copyblogger

Author of One Lucky Pound Puppy to do book signing (Tate Publishing)

Area authors to gather for readings, signings (Tate Publishing)

An Author’s Help To Publishing A E-book | Aawco

12/2/2011

Interview: Author Melissa Foster

New! The 11th common book publishing myth & misconception

Marketing and Selling Your E-Book

Help! I Need a Publisher!: Publishing Deal – Forget the Clichés

What To Keep In Mind When Publishing eBooks | The Official 

Nobel author Gabriel García Márquez wins 17-year legal fight over 

Are E-Books Destroying Mass Market Sales? – Partners West Blog

Why books are better, from a Kindle owner

Author Writes Collections of Powerful Epiphanies (iUniverse)

Internet Book Marketing, an Authors Secret Weapon | David Hamann

National Print Advertising Possible for Self-Publishing Authors via Co-Op Programs (OutSkirts Press)

Dan Goldie tells how his NY Times bestselling book has changed his practice 

Author Promotions – Author Publishing – Benefits of Self Publishing 

PUBLISHERS WEEKLY BEST-SELLERS

Amazon.com: The PublishAmerica Style Guide eBook  (PublishAmerica)

Flogging the Quill: How selfpublishers can maximize earnings

HUGE News From Helm Publishing! « Author Yvonne Mason  (Helm Publishing)

12/01/2011

How can a book coach help you get published?

What Authors Need to Know About Virtual Book Tours – Workflow 

Rethinking Book Marketing: Why Discovery Matters More | The 

MediaShift Ebooks and SelfPublishing Roundup Dec 1 2011 | PBS

‘Fahrenheit 451’ goes digital. Is Ray Bradbury mellowing?

Congressman Still Has Privacy Concerns About Kindle Fire’s Browser

Amazon Has Some Kindle Book Rentals Beyond Textbooks 

Why Publishers Are Afraid of Amazon

Amazon launches Kindle in Italy and Spain, brings Kindle Store to 

Happy Birthday Mark Twain; Huck Finn Author Born 176 Years Ago Today

Renowned East German author Christa Wolf dies

Adam Gopnik – The Barnes & Noble Review

100 sites for fiction writers: #81 – SelfPublishing Review – Digg

Ebook SelfPublishing Alternatives: Amazon Kindle, Moodle, Tizra 

Selfpublishing, Pricing, and Print-on-demand : Michael Montoure’s 

A Quick Note About a Common SelfPublishing Misconception 

Thad McIlroy – Future Of Publishing » Advice for Self Publishers

Publishing News – Clive Thompson on the Future of Printed Books

Publishing News

10 Odd, SelfPublished Books Found on Smashwords

Barnes & Noble hires former Microsoft legal foe David Boies

FOSS Patents: David Boies joins Barnes & Noble’s legal team in 

The Trafford Self-Publishing Experience Arrives in Singapore (Trafford Publishing; Author Solutions, Inc.)

Self-Publishing Review | Blog | Self-Publishers and eBook Authors 

Traditional Publishing to ePublishing: What you need to know

Amazon Tells Lawmakers It Supports Sales Tax

British Library’s Promotion of Amazon Listings Draws Ire of One MP

Eric Brock, local historian and author, dies

Best Selling Author Robert G. Allen Launches a New State of the Art Website 

Writer Unboxed » The No. 1 Overlooked Skill for Every Author

The bookstore Is dead

Publishing Insiders Wrap-Up: Promote Your Book – Author Marketing 

14 Authors I’d Love to Have Coffee With – Ecademy

Interview with Marcus Taylor, Co-Author of Get Noticed

Feds: John Hinckley browsed assassin books

Self-Published Author Amanda Hocking Sells Over 1 Million e-books

Sci-Fi Publisher Orbit Expands E-Singles Program Internationally 

Les Cockrell: Hospice’s Light Up a Life tree on display at mall (Tate Publishing)

Park East Press » The Genesis One Code (Park East Press)

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

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

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Accusations Regarding Macallister Stone and Absolute Write: Google Ad Revenue May be Coming From Authors

In Absolute Write, Accountability, Author, Author Contracts, Author Watch, Authors, blog postings, Credibility, Goy's Law, Investigations, MacAllister Stone, Money should flow toward the author, Professionalism, Propaganda, Publishers, Publishing, Reputation, Reputation Management, The Write Agenda, Watchdog, Writer Beware, Yog's Law on September 23, 2011 at 5:25 pm

Anonymous sources have raised accusations that Macallister Stone and Absolute Write may be wading in substantial Google Ad Revenue. Moreover, the revenue may be unknowing coming from authors that visit the site. Macallister Stone and Absolute Write were also accused of pretending to run an honest critique board and making substantial income from the high traffic volume on the site. The anonymous sources also stated:

“One of the Absolute Write tricks is to pretend any and all critics are scammers out to get them, and they play this game while wallowing in hundreds of Google text ads, 20-30% of which scam writers and play bait and switch tactics.”

“Another thing that is very suspicious. The board runs hundreds of google ads, hundreds, and each time a visitor or member clicks on one, the board owner, Macallister Stone, makes money. In other words, she makes money if negative controversy hits google and sends hundreds of visitors to Absolute Write. It isn’t in her interest to be civil or contain the bully.”

While there may be some merit to these claims, (admittedly, the site is riddled with advertisements) The Write Agenda has not reached a conclusion and cannot render an opinion at this time. However, The Write Agenda is investigating these claims and will continue to research this matter. Confidential sources may contact us here.

Macallister Stone, if you care to submit a response to these accusations, you may contact us at the_write_agenda@hotmail.com

Additional Information on Macallister Stone can be found here and here

See:

Absolute Write (MacAllister Stone) . . . is it ran out of a rental storage unit? Are Authors Paying the Rent via Google Ads?

Bauer vs. Glatzer: Letter from St. John’s University Regarding Plaintiff’s Ph.D. Credentials

In A.C., A.C. Crispin, Absolute Write, Accountability, Ann "A.C." Crispin, Ann Crispin, Atlanta Nights, Author, Author Contracts, Author Watch, Authors, BARBARA BAUER, BARBARA BAUER LITERARY AGENCY, blog postings, Credibility, Crispin, David L. Kuzminski, Dee Power, false information, Investigations, James D. MacDonald, Jenna Glatzer, Kent Brewster, Law Suits, lawsuits, Lesia Valentine, MacAllister Stone, Making Light, Miss Snark, Money should flow toward the author, Patrick Niclsen-Hayden, Pirates Of The Caribbean: Price Of Freedom, Preditors & Editors, Professionalism, Propaganda, Publishers, Publishing, Rachael Saltzman, Reputation, Reputation Management, Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers Association, SFWA, Shweta Narayan, Teresa Nielsen Hayden, The Literary Agent, The Write Agenda, Travis Tea, Victoria Strauss, Watchdog, Wikimedia Foundation, Writer Beware, Yog's Law on September 22, 2011 at 8:14 pm

From the original complaint regarding the allegations against Defendants Teresa Nielsen-Hayden and Patrick Nielsen-Hayden:

“At all times relevant to this lawsuit, T. N-Hayden has owned and operated and been responsible for the content of an internet website called ‘Making Light’. T. N-Hayden has published and continues to publish false and defamatory statements about plaintiffs Barbara Bauer and BBLA on Making Light, including, but not limited to, referring to plaintiff as ‘…a faux literary agent…,’ ‘…scam agent Barbara Bauer…,’ ‘…kooky…’ ‘…that lunatic…’, and questioning the legitimacy of her Ph.D. degree.”[Emphasis Added.]

At all times relevant to this lawsuit, P. N-Hayden  has owned and operated and been responsible for the content of an internet website called ‘Making Light’. T. N-Hayden has published and continues to publish false and defamatory statements about plaintiffs Barbara Bauer and BBLA on Making Light, including, but not limited to, referring to plaintiff as ‘…a faux literary agent…,’ ‘…scam agent Barbara Bauer…,’ ‘…kooky…’ ‘…that lunatic…’, and questioning the legitimacy of her Ph.D. degree.”[Emphasis Added.]

A letter from the St. John’s University regarding these allegations:

 

 

 

For a PDF Version, Click here

Bauer vs. Glatzer: Letter from the University of California – San Diego

In A.C. Crispin, Absolute Write, Accountability, Ann "A.C." Crispin, Atlanta Nights, Authors, BARBARA BAUER, BARBARA BAUER LITERARY AGENCY, blog postings, books, Credibility, Crispin, David L. Kuzminski, defamatory, Investigations, James D. MacDonald, Jenna Glatzer, Kent Brewster, Law Suits, lawsuits, libelous, MacAllister Stone, Making Light, Miss Snark, Patrick Niclsen-Hayden, Pirates Of The Caribbean: Price Of Freedom, Preditors & Editors, Professionalism, Propaganda, Publishers, Publishing, Reputation, Reputation Management, Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers Association, Self-Publishing, SFWA, Shweta Narayan, Teresa Nielsen Hayden, The Literary Agent, The Write Agenda, Vanity Press, Victoria Strauss, Watchdog, Writer Beware, Yog's Law on September 22, 2011 at 7:55 pm

From the original complaint regarding the allegations against Defendant, Shweta Narayan:

“Defendant Shweta Narayan (“Narayan”) is employed at International Computer Science Institute, 1947 Center St., Suite 600, Berkeley, CA 94704. In or about November, 2006, defendant Narayan published a paper and abstract which contained numerous false and defamatory statements about plaintiffs Barbara Bauer and BBLA including, but not limited to, referring to plaintiff as “a literary agent AW[Absolute Write] had exposed as a scam artist,” and stating that “… Bauer claims to be a real literary agent…” and is a “well known scam artist.” On November 4, 2006, Narayan repeated her false and defamatory statements in a public talk at the University of California, San Diego. [Emphasis Added.]”

A letter from the University of San Diego regarding these allegations:

For PDF version, click here.


The Top Ten Postings of The Write Agenda (September 5, 2011)

In A.C., A.C. Crispin, Absolute Write, Accountability, Amazon, Amazon Rankings, Amazon Sales Rankings, American Book Press, Ann "A.C." Crispin, Ann Crispin, Atlanta Nights, Attorney Victor Cretella, Author, Author Contracts, Author Watch, Authors, Best Sellers, Bestsellers, Blackmail, blog postings, Book Reviews, Book Signings, books, Credibility, Criminal History, Crispin, David L. Kuzminski, defamatory, Disney, e-books, ebooks, Extortion, Free e-book, Free ebook, Goy's Law, Infringement, Interviews, Intimidation, Investigations, James D. MacDonald, Law Suits, lawsuits, libelous, Making Light, Money should flow toward the author, Mystery Writers of America, New York Times, New York Times Best Sellers, P.N. Elrod, Patrick Niclsen-Hayden, Pirates Of The Caribbean: Price Of Freedom, Preditors & Editors, Professionalism, Publish America, PublishAmerica, Publishers, Publishing, Rachael Saltzman, Reputation, Reputation Management, Richard Tate, Royce Mathew, Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers Association, Self-Publishing, SFWA, Teresa Nielsen Hayden, The Write Agenda, Travis Tea, Vanity, Vanity Press, Victor Cretella, Victoria Strauss, Watchdog, Writer Beware, Yog's Law on September 5, 2011 at 6:42 pm

Updated: 4/26/11 – Dispelling the Myth Behind Yog’s Law: The Fallacies with the Flow of Money to Authors

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

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

Letter to the Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers of America

Propaganda Watch List for Authors, Literary Agents & Publishers

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

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

Commentary: A.C. “Ann” Crispin’s Mitzvah

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

Author Watch – Best Sellers

Coming Soon: The Writer Beware Impact; Has the Thumbs Down List Been Commercially Affected by Crispin & Strauss?

In A.C., A.C. Crispin, Absolute Write, Accountability, Ann "A.C." Crispin, Ann Crispin, Author, Author Contracts, Author Watch, Authors, blog postings, books, Credibility, Crispin, false information, Investigations, James D. MacDonald, Money should flow toward the author, News Tips, Pirates Of The Caribbean: Price Of Freedom, Preditors & Editors, Professionalism, Propaganda, Publishers, Publishing, Reputation, Reputation Management, Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers Association, Self-Publishing, SFWA, Teresa Nielsen Hayden, The Write Agenda, Vanity, Vanity Press, Victoria Strauss, Watchdog, Writer Beware, Yog's Law on September 5, 2011 at 6:04 pm

The Write Agenda is currently researching the impact, if any, that Writer Beware has made on the publishers listed on its “Thumbs Down” list. Preliminary research suggests that many of the publishers on the “Thumbs Down” list have continued to grow and flourish. Since the inception of Writer Beware in 2005, many of the targeted publishers have added 1000’s of new authors and books to their collections.

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

In A.C., A.C. Crispin, Absolute Write, Accountability, Amazon, Amazon Rankings, Amazon Sales Rankings, Ann "A.C." Crispin, Ann Crispin, Author, Author Contracts, Author Watch, Authors, Best Sellers, Bestsellers, blog postings, books, Credibility, Crispin, David L. Kuzminski, e-books, ebooks, Investigations, James D. MacDonald, Making Light, Money should flow toward the author, Pirates Of The Caribbean: Price Of Freedom, Preditors & Editors, Professionalism, Propaganda, Reputation, Reputation Management, Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers Association, Self-Publishing, SFWA, Teresa Nielsen Hayden, The Write Agenda, Vanity, Vanity Press, Victoria Strauss, Watchdog, Writer Beware, Yog's Law on September 5, 2011 at 5:49 pm

We have been extremely thrilled to watch the progress of many “untraditionally” published authors. Many of these authors have been on our Author Watch – Best Sellers List; some of them have made the list for the past 12 weeks. It’s a pleasure to have the opportunity to promote those that are overcoming the odds and proving the publishing industry “watchdogs” wrong.

The Write Agenda does not object to authors being critical of certain publishing entities or issues. In fact, we encourage it. We even have a page dedicated to our critics here. However, we have discovered that it is the degree to which an author engages in these practices that negatively reflects on their sales, marketing successes and public perception. For the most part, authors on the Author Watch – Best Sellers List are engaged in high level book marketing activities and low level industry blogging. Wonder why they are successful?

The authors that are on our Propaganda Watch List typically have low Amazon Sales Rankings. Arguably, this would tend to suggest that participating in publishing industry propaganda leads to low Amazon Sales Rankings. Victoria Strauss, the matriarch of Writer Beware, has Amazon Sales Rankings that currently range from 322,437 – 7,654,845. Teresa Nielsen Hayden, has a current ranking of 1,872,620. In fact, many “vanity press” authors outperform Ann “A.C.” Crispin, James D. Macdonald, and Victoria Strauss on a consistent basis (click here).  In other words, if a 100,000 Amazon Sales Ranking equates to 3 copies sold every 500 days and a 2,000,000 Amazon Sales Ranking equates to 1 copy every 1000 days . . .  you can get an idea of where they are at. Is this the kind of publishing industry role model you want?

Of course, these are just a few of examples . . .  we have many.  There are numerous examples of self-proclaimed publishing experts and self-persecuted authors that want to lead you down this path. Many of these individuals spend their time bashing/trashing on Writer Beware, threatening The Write Agenda, writing bogus book reviews and not engaging in effective marketing practices. Moreover, their books truly are epic failures and they tend to cast aspersions instead of taking responsibility for their own failures (i.e. they wrote a crappy book and no one is purchasing it). This is the cult-like following of Writer Beware, Making Light, Preditors & Editors and other like-kind spin-offs  . . .  this is the kind of minions they attract. Solace for losers?

You’ll rarely see an author from our Author Watch – Best Sellers List participating in this kind of negative activity. Moreover, you will never see J.K Rowling, Dan Brown, John Grisham, Danielle Steel or Patricia Cornwell (or their contemporaries) participating (or endorsing) with these kinds of sites and their nefarious activities. Why? Because they are engaged in the quest to become a better writer and book marketer. Karma is certainly a characteristic for those on the Propaganda Watch List: “  . . . for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.” There is one author that did not take it well when she discovered that she was on our Propaganda Watch List. However, she’s devoted hours and volumes of words to trashing The Write Agenda. Her audience? Ten (10) followers on her blog . . .  hardly a good use of time when her book is failing and has little market appeal.

We love to quote James D. Macdonald, especially when his words ring true: “Every legitimate commercial press will readily publish a first-time or unknown author, and do it for free. There are literally thousands of legitimate commercial presses. The only caveat is this: Your book has to be really well-written.” The kicker here is: “Your book has to be really well-written.” This is, in part, what separates the successful authors from those on our Propaganda Watch List. Based on the Amazon Sales Rankings, regardless of who published the books, there are many poorly-written books and participating in propaganda will never fix that. Authors, take a step back, question what you read and follow the footsteps of other successful authors. Is there really any merit in receiving advice from the author of a poorly-written (unmarketable book worth) your investment of time?

The Price of Loyalty to Crispin, Macdonald & Strauss: Participating in Propaganda Leads to Low Amazon Sales Rankings . . . the numbers and statistics don’t lie; but they do!

[Coming Soon: The Writer Beware Impact; Has the Thumbs Down List Been Commercially Affected by Crispin & Strauss? The Write Agenda is currently researching the impact, if any, that Writer Beware has made on the publishers listed on its “Thumbs Down” list. Preliminary research suggests that many of the publishers on the “Thumbs Down” list have continued to grow and flourish.  Since the inception of Writer Beware in 2005, many of the targeted publishers have added 1000’s of new authors and books to their collections.]

Reference

http://absolutewrite.com/forums/showthread.php?p=6490677

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Ripoff Report: “Sophronia Flex” Commentary Demonstrates the Need for Caution with Writer Beware

In A.C., A.C. Crispin, Absolute Write, Accountability, American Book Publishing, Ann "A.C." Crispin, Ann Crispin, Author, Author Watch, Authors, Blackmail, blog postings, Credibility, Crispin, defamatory, Intimidation, Investigations, Law Suits, lawsuits, libelous, Making Light, News Tips, Pirates Of The Caribbean: Price Of Freedom, Preditors & Editors, Professionalism, Propaganda, Publishers, Publishing, Reputation, Reputation Management, Ripoff Report, Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers Association, Self-Publishing, SFWA, Sophronia Flex, The Write Agenda, Victoria Strauss, Watchdog, Writer Beware on September 4, 2011 at 4:04 pm

Response to posting at:

Author, Victoria Strauss Failure to Produce Documentation of Police Investigation Regarding American Book Publishing

http://www.ripoffreport.com/miscellaneous-companies/author-victoria-stra/author-victoria-strauss-fail-59bfb.htm

Title: “Sophronia Flex” Commentary Demonstrates the Need for Caution with Writer Beware
Relationship: *UPDATE by author
Report: The illustrious “Sophronia Flex” has reared her/his ugly head once again. This “Sophronia Flex” has appeared in different forms (and forums). Just like in Anthony Trollope’s “Barchester Towers.” To wit: “Rebellion had already reared her hideous head.”

September 26, 2010, “Sophronia Flex” gave Terry Eagleton, author of “Literary Theory: An Introduction,” a 5 Star review on Amazon. There have been no further reviews since that time from “Sophronia Flex.”

Reference: http://www.amazon.com/review/R27XGLXRMTF9JM

January 23, 2008, “Sophronia Flex” posted a “Consumer Comment” in this forum relative to some unsubstantiated claims against AuthorHouse. In addition, “Sophronia Flex” praised the work of WriterBeware.

Reference: http://www.ripoffreport.com/con-artists/authorhouse-publishe/authorhouse-publishers-ripoff-6cd3b.htm

September 26, 2000, “Sophronia Flex” gave Terry Eagleton, author of “Literary Theory: An
Introduction
,” a 5 Star review on Thrift Books.

Reference: http://www.thriftbooks.com/viewDetails.aspx?ISBN=0816612412

In this new posting, (September 1, 2011) “Sophronia Flex” once again offers the highest praise for Writer Beware, Victoria Strauss and Ann “A.C.” Crispin. The Write Agenda has proven that the “respect” for Writer Beware, Victoria Strauss and Ann “A.C.” Crispin is waning. In a recent posting, “American Book Publishing ‘Investigation’ Research Released: No Proof of Victoria Strauss’ Claims,” they shared the results of their findings. Please see:

https://thewriteagenda.wordpress.com/2011/05/31/american-book-publishing-investigation-research-released-no-proof-of-victoria-strauss-claims/  

Most concerning of all in “Sophronia Flex’s” commentary above is this (new) unsubstantiated claim: “their premises were being raided by the FBI….” This ranks up there with the claim made by Writer Beware:  “American Book Publishing has been the focus of at least one police investigation.” The Write Agenda has proven that this allegation made by Writer Beware, Victoria Strauss and Ann “A.C.” Crispin is false. For more information, see:

https://thewriteagenda.wordpress.com/victoria-strauss/

It is exactly these kind of false, defamatory and libelous postings that give The Write Agenda its purpose. If you really want to see an example of how Writer Beware conducts fact finding, please see our posting “Proof That Ann “A.C.” Crispin’s Fact-Finding and Research Skills Are Questionable” here:

https://thewriteagenda.wordpress.com/2011/08/28/proof-that-ann-%E2%80%9Ca-c-%E2%80%9D-crispin%E2%80%99s-fact-finding-and-research-skills-are-questionable/

If there is anything in this commentary by “Sophronia Flex” that we do agree with is this: “Let the writer beware.” We would strongly encourage “Sophronia Flex” to produce evidence that American Book Publishing was “raided by the FBI.” Otherwise, “Sophronia Flex” should 1) admit that this this is a lie, and 2) encourage Victoria Strauss, Ann “A.C.” Crispin and Writer Beware to admit that their claims regarding American Book Publishing are also lies.

With all sources of information available to us today, it’s sometimes difficult to know which are based on facts, to discern whether false information was provided or whether the whole story was communicated. While some Web sites, and their commentators, began as providers of information based on facts and or unbiased opinions, many over time have been corrupted either in whole or in part to a point of view or ideology. On this page (click here) you will find a list of sources that have been shown to promote progressive ideologies, open ended commentary and unsupported  statements. Some are presented as non-biased or based on facts; others do not. Through an examination of the information these organizations and individuals offer, including their sources of funding, parent organizations, leadership, agendas, goals and content of the information presented and based on comparison with the facts as determined by the primary source material as it becomes available, many warrant further review. The objective is to encourage you to evaluate these sources of information with a discerning eye, become a skeptic and utilize the C.R.A.P test to evaluate postings, articles and information. C.R.A.P. is an acronym for Currency, Reliability, Authority and Purpose and Point of View.

Ann “A.C.”Crispin’s Cinderella Story: Disney Books Will Surely Be Impressed

In A.C., A.C. Crispin, Absolute Write, Accountability, Amazon, Amazon Rankings, Amazon Sales Rankings, Ann "A.C." Crispin, Ann Crispin, Author, Author Watch, Authors, blog postings, Disney, Pirates Of The Caribbean: Price Of Freedom, Propaganda, Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers Association, SFWA, Watchdog, Writer Beware on August 25, 2011 at 12:57 am

“Went to the Hugo Loser’s party all dressed up.”

Ann “A.C.”Crispin (Facebook. August 24, 2011)

“Wow! I just saw that I have 1000 FB friends! It’s great that so many people are interested in me and my “doings.” <big smile> Hi, FB Friends!”

Ann “A.C.”Crispin (Facebook. August 24, 2011)

Well, this serves to identify two things: 1) Who Ann “A.C.” Crispin really is; and 2) That it’s going to take more than 1000 Facebook friends to impress Disney Books to invest any further in Ann “A.C.” Crispin. How much was that advance on The Price of Freedom (Pirates of the Caribbean)? The lifetime Amazon Sales Ranking is 2,195,801. Finally, Ann “A.C.” Crispin speaks the truth!

We’re looking forward to that Worldcon trip report from Ann “A.C.” Crispin.

Do the math:

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)

Come on Ann “A.C.” Crispin . . . Get it Right . . . Will You Please?

References

http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=841845439&sk=wall

Request for Information: Watchdog Blackmail, Intimidation and Extortion?

In Accountability, Author, Author Watch, Authors, Blackmail, blog postings, Credibility, defamatory, Extortion, false information, Intimidation, Investigations, Law Suits, lawsuits, libelous, News Tips, Professionalism, Propaganda, Publishers, Publishing, Reputation, Reputation Management, Self-Publishing, The Write Agenda, Watchdog on August 22, 2011 at 9:53 pm

The Write Agenda is seeking information, documentation, links, tips, files, statements etc.  that may be relative to the blackmailing, intimidation and/or extortion of publishers and/or literary agents by any industry watchdog. Relative information may include blackmailing,  threats to post false information,  writing libelous/defamatory postings about a person and/or entity to the public,  unless a demand is met. Any information would be greatly appreciated. Please contact us here. Confidentiality Guaranteed.

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