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An Open Letter to The Writer’s Digest Annual Conference to Remove the Writer Beware™ Panelist, Victoria Strauss, from the 2015 Annual Conference

In #thewriteagenda, #victoriastrauss, #writerbeware, #writersdigest, 2015 Writer’s Digest Conference, A.C. Crispin, Ann "A.C." Crispin, Bauer vs. Glatzer, C. E. Petit, Charles E. Petit, Charles Emil Petit, John Steinbeck, Mystery Writers of America, Nancy Steinbeck, Scam, Scams, Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers, SFWA, Writer Beware on June 1, 2015 at 3:38 am

An Open Letter to The Writer’s Digest Annual Conference to Remove the Writer Beware™ Panelist, Victoria Strauss, from the 2015 Annual Conference

TO: Taylor Sferra, Event Manager, writersdigestconference@fwmedia.com

CC: Taylor Sferra, Event Manager, Officers, Members and 2015 Writer’s Digest Conference Attendees:

In re: The 2015 Annual Writers Conference PM and the scheduled sessions:

Writer Beware: Schemes and Scams in the Digital Age (Saturday, August 1, 2015 at 9:00) & Panel: Getting Real about Self-Publishing (Saturday, August 1, 2015 at 2:20 PM) AM http://www.writersdigestconference.com/index.php/schedule

We are writing to ask you to reconsider and remove the Writer Beware™ panelist, Victoria Strauss, from these sessions.

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

We would like to provide some facts for your edification:

Fact: It (Writer Beware™) purports that it “shines a bright light into the dark corners of the shadow-world of literary scams, schemes, and pitfalls.” Selectively? Maybe? Sure, until the scam strikes at home base. In 2007 it did; and, it’s a SCAM of EPIC proportions. It involves the estate of Pulitzer Prize and Nobel Prize winning author John Steinbeck (i.e. The Grapes of Wrath (1939) and East of Eden (1952) and the novella Of Mice and Men (1937) . . . yes, that Steinbeck. Huge? We think so. Was the failure of Victoria Strauss & Writer Beware™ to report this scam an oversight or a case where they just turned their heads and looked the other way? Swimming with the sharks? What did this scam involve? In principle, it’s the kind of material that Writer Beware™ built its foundation on. Exposing scams that are relative to: 1) engaging in conduct involving dishonesty, fraud, deceit, or misrepresentation; 2) breaching fiduciary duties to a client; 3) obtaining an unreasonable fee; and 4) engaging in conduct which tends to defeat the administration of justice or to bring the courts or the legal profession into disrepute. These are the types of claims that spawned Writer Beware™ and its own version of their boycotts; otherwise known as their “Thumbs Down” lists.

It’s time for the “bright light” to shine into the “dark corners of the shadow-world” of Victoria StraussAnn “A.C.” Crispin, Writer Beware™ and the Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers (SFWA). There’s one name we will not see on any Writer Beware ™ list and we’ll let you decide exactly why that happened. Who was this individual that engaged in conduct involving dishonesty, fraud, deceit, or misrepresentation; allegedly breached fiduciary duties to a client; purportedly obtained an unreasonable fee; and may have engaged in conduct which tends to defeat the administration of justice or to bring the courts or the legal profession into disrepute? Well, let’s take a close look at some of the relationships and links. Ann “A.C.” Crispin “thanked him for his help with the SFWA Writer Beware website.” In 2006, Jenna Glatzer (i.e. Bauer vs. Glatzer et al) thanked him for being a “scamhunter.” Victoria Strauss has referred to him as their” “favorite shark.” [Note that the word “shark” is slang for a lawyer. It’s also a term for “a person who preys greedily on others, as by cheating orusury” and/or as a verb to “to obtain by trickery or fraud; steal.”] He represented “people who claimed they were defrauded.” He also goes by “Jaws” on some of the infamous writer and author awareness blogs. He was also known as the “Authors Lawyer.” His ties to the Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers (SFWA), Writer Beware™, Ann “A.C.”Crispin and Victoria Strauss are well documented; he worked “closely” with them and had frequent correspondence with Teresa Nielsen-Hayden. He called Victoria Strauss a “colleague.” Who was this highly lauded “scamhunter”? Charles Emil Petit. Also known as Charles E. Petit, Charlie Petit and/or C.E. Petit. AKA “Jaws.” Charles E. Petit is also believed to be an Absolute Write Moderator and frequent contributor and commenter on Writer Beware ™. Confidential sources indicated to The Write Agenda™ that, at one time, all complaints and “cease & desist” letters regarding Writer Beware™ were to be directed to Charles E. Petit. On information and belief, it appears that he did accept service of process for several defendants in the Bauer vs. Glatzer in 2007. This may have also included Jenna Glatzer and Miss Snark.  Petit never actually represented any of the defendants. He couldn’t because he’s not licensed in New Jersey. He did accept service and then referred the case to local New Jersey attorneys. He was subjected to disciplinary action, by the Illinois Attorney Registration and Disciplinary Commission, after a complaint was filed by Nancy Steinbeck who was the former wife of John Steinbeck IV, the son of author John Steinbeck (see below). Charles Petit was the attorney of record for the SFWA and Writer Beware™. To read this case in its entirety please go the following link:

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

Fact:: A blog posting by Writer Beware™, regarding American Book Publishing, raised our curiosity and inquisitiveness. Victoria Strauss has posted on numerous internet sites that American Book Publishing has been the subject of a police “investigation.” In addition, under its “Alerts for Writers” section, the Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers Association (SFWA) also states “American Book Publishing has been the focus of at least one police investigation.”

Consistent with the applicable Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) we conducted some extensive (exhaustive) research with the appropriate law enforcement agencies. As a result, we have neither located evidence nor reports of any “investigation” involving American Book Publishing in these jurisdictions. The only “investigation” that we did locate involved a “theft” at the residence of Ms. Nunn, an American Book Publishing principal who had a break-in to her home and also sustained damage thereto. The unanswered question to Victoria and the SFWA is “where is the investigation”? Where is the documentation and evidence? Based on these results, we believe that these are very serious allegations to be making if no such “investigation” has been undertaken. In the interest of good business ethics, these postings by Victoria Strauss and the SFWA should be deleted, retracted and apologies should come forth immediately if they are unable to produce any primary source material as evidence of an investigation. Considering the lack of evidence, it would also be interesting to know exactly what the true motivation was and why Victoria Strauss and SFWA posted this information. However,  at this URL: http://www.sfwa.org/for-authors/writer-beware/alerts/#American , if you follow the links, Victoria Strauss offers as “proofs” evidence secured from the Wayback Machine . . . an Internet archive service as proof of her claims. In response we contacted all enforcement agencies in the area and our findings may be read here:

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

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

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

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

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

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

Victoria Strauss on Facebook 2/1/13

See:

https://thewriteagenda.wordpress.com/2013/02/07/dissention-on-the-rise-within-the-science-fiction-fantasy-writers-sfwa-scalzis-departure-raises-concern-about-undesirable-presidential-candidates-and-the-future-of-writer-beware/

Fact: Victoria Stauss was a defendant in the Bauer vs. Glatzer case. The case, in our opinion, was nothing more than a cyber-bullying case. The allegations against Victoria Strauss included: Victoria Strauss published false and defamatory statements about plaintiffs Barbara Bauer and BBLA on WB (i.e. Writer Beware™), including, but not limited to, posting a list of the “20 Worst Literary Agents”, which includes false and defamatory statements about Barbara Bauer, including the statement that Barbara Bauer is among agents that have no “…significant track record of sales to commercial (advance paying) publishers…” This defamatory publication was posted and quoted extensively on numerous other websites and blogs on the internet. Strauss has also referred to Barbara Bauer on WB (i.e. Writer Beware™), as a “…scam agent…” and alleged that she engages in “… dirty business practices …” Strauss has also published and continues to publish false and defamatory statements about plaintiffs on other blogs and websites including, but not limited to claiming that plaintiff has “… no documented and verified sales at all.” There was only one Defendant exonerated in this case . . . Wikipedia. See:

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

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

https://thewriteagenda.wordpress.com/2012/05/22/why-victoria-stauss-should-be-disqualified-from-the-first-annual-independent-blogger-awards-questions-of-eligibility-remain-regarding-the-meaning-of-independent/

Fact: Victoria Strauss is not a successful author. At age 59, 42 years after writing her first debut flop, Victoria Strauss has once again repackaged her old cold suet. If she learned so much about writing “since” that time it certainly has not been anything akin to successful authorship. Or, maybe the public-reclusive Strauss just never learned to put it into practice. It’s painfully obvious that Strauss, while isolated, tweeting and blogging in her cozy Amherst, MA home, has amassed over 13,000 Twitter followers, and yet hasn’t transformed her social followers into actual book purchasers.

What has she learned? Surely, whatever she “learned” about “writing” has resulted in a very unsuccessful literary marketing effort and career that has now spanned decades. However, you “got” to give her the credit of a punch drunk fighter . . . 42 years of pushing the same old cold suet; the book-buying public is still not buying it. Nevertheless, she jumps back up, puts a new cover on it and schlepps it out again. Only Victoria Strauss would use Writer Beware™ again as a platform for self-promotion. Statistically, that strategy has failed as well.

FACT: Victoria Strauss hasn’t released a single book that has stood up on its own original merits . . . repackaging . . . new covers  . . .  new publishers . . .  doesn’t help old cold suet . . . it’s corn.

The original release of this book [The Lady of Rhuddesmere] listed on Amazon has ZERO reviews and a sales ranking over 12,000,000. No matter how you repackage it . . .  it’s still corn. Don’t judge a book by its cover? It’s still corn. Strauss has somehow come to the conclusion that forced Cornilingus on the book-buying public will eventually result in literary success.

https://thewriteagenda.wordpress.com/2015/03/20/cornhuckster-victoria-strauss-prose-repackaged-again-its-still-un-amazing-corn/

FACT: The significance of Writer Beware™ as an asset to writers is diminishing. We are also witnessing the demise of Writer Beware (WB) and its significance. Based on visitor’s commentary, the real interest and visitor engagement with WB peaked in 2007 when 447 comments were amassed by the site. Since 2011, the year that The Write Agenda launched, commentary on WB postings have significantly dropped: 417 (2011), 231 (2012), 139, and (2013) and 148 (2014). From 2005 – 2014 a total of 3275 comments were made; 324 were posted by WB administrators and Victoria Strauss has contributed the highest volume of them. Michael Capobianco, Ann “A.C.” Crispin and Richard White have done little on the WB site. Their contributions to the commentary pale to those of Victoria Strauss’.

During 2011 WB averaged 5 comments per post (CPP). These averages have dramatically dropped since that time: 3 CPP (2012), 2 CPP (2013) and 2 CPP (2014). During the 10 year history only 2 posts have ever accumulated more than 100 comments. During 2011, one of these posts generated 146 comments; 35% of the entire comments for that year. One post where the commentary was nearly equal to the entire remarks made in 2005 (143), 2013 (139) and 2014 (148). A 64% drop in visitor comments clearly represents a demise in visitor engagement and the significance of Writer Beware and Victoria Strauss.

Writer Beware Drops in Alexa Rankings

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

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

Sincerely,

The Write Agenda™

https://thewriteagenda.wordpress.com

 

 

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Accusations & No Proofs: Another Weinerdog Following the Footsteps of Victoria Strauss

In #thewriteagenda, #victoriastrauss, @DailyMailUK, @KathrynGauci, @libbyhellmann, @rolliwrites, Attorney Victor Cretella, Authors, Awards, BARBARA BAUER, BARBARA BAUER LITERARY AGENCY, Bauer vs. Glatzer, Bookbzz, C. E. Petit, Charles E. Petit, Charles Emil Petit, Charlie. Petit, Conrad Murray, Contest, Contests, Cretella v. Kuzminski, David L. Kuzminski, DEFAMATION: Cretella v. Kuzminski: The Case Against Preditors & Editors David L. Kuzminski, Nancy Steinbeck, Paige Doyle, 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, Preditors & Editors, Prize Writer Competition 2015, The Write Agenda, Victor Cretella, Victoria Strauss, Willow Sanders, Writer Beware on April 5, 2015 at 10:25 pm

It looks like a scam. It smells like a scam. But, it’s not officially a scam yet. If you have been following the Bookbzz debacle, it’s not looking real good for either Bookbzz owner Conrad Murray or his partner, Paige Doyle. Authors, and rightfully so, are in a tizzy about the Prize Writer Competition 2015 that Bookbzz actively solicited entries for. The issue at hand? Unpaid prizes. However, Murray, in spite of his recent hardship, made the following promise:

“ . . . [C]learly the first requirement is to pay the Prize Writer Competition winners. In the absence of any money from the bookbzz.com business accounts it will have to be paid from my own resources.”

Ok, Murray is attempting to be noble and do the right thing . . .  promising payment to the Prize Writer Competition winners. It’s the right thing to do and he put his word on it. He further indicated that he expects to have this all resolved by the end of April 2015. Now it rests on Murray and Doyle to make good on this promise. Moreover, it would be in his best interest to follow through. If not, he’ll certainly be eaten alive.

So what’s the problem here? The problem is the way in which some Weinerdogs and devotees of Victoria Strass (Writer Beware) immediately jumped to conclusions. It’s very typical of these low information admirers to follow in the footsteps of Strauss. Remember, it was Strauss that claimed that American Book Publishing was the subject of “at least one police investigation.” Her proofs? In spite of our substantiations to the contrary, she relied on two blog postings that could only be recovered by the Wayback Machine, an internet archive. There are absolutely no primary source materials in existence to substantiate Strauss’ claims. None.

Now, in response to the Bookbzz Snafu, we are witnessing another gang rape by the flying monkeys. Without waiting for Murray to make good on his promise the bullying and smear campaign has begun on Twitter. For example:

 Kathryn Gauci ‏@KathrynGauci  Mar 28 @HelenHollick This is their loss. If anything these scams unite us more. BEWARE SCAMMERS, We will find you.

 Rolli ‏@rolliwrites  Apr 2 Writer Beware – Scam Alert – Bookbzz @bookbzz #scams http://bit.ly/1DCzhOZ 

[Note: Victoria Strauss (Writer Beware) has a history of not reporting all “scams” . . .  even the real “scams.” See: John Steinbeck Family Defrauded by Writer Beware™ & SFWA Attorney: The 2007 Scam that Writer Beware™ Didn’t Report . . . Why?]

 Willow Sanders ‏@Willow_Writing  Apr 4 Perhaps if @bookbzz Conrad Murray wants us to believe his story he should fact check his own lies #wheresconrad http://bookbzz.com 

Admittedly, Strauss never called it a “scam” or claimed that Murray was lying. However, her influence is obvious in how authors respond without the benefit of substantiation. Take the example of Author Willow Sanders, who was prompted for proofs and to back up her claims:

The Accusation: Lies

Willow Sanders ‏@Willow_Writing  Apr 4 @victoriastrauss he sent us all an email this morning full of lies it’s posted in his main page as well http://bookbzz.com  @bookbzz

The Write Agenda‏@thewriteagenda1 @Willow_Writing @bookbzz Lies? Strong word in this environment. What are your proofs that they are “lies” . . . can you demonstrate it?

The Response & Waffle

Willow Sanders ‏@Willow_Writing  @thewriteagenda1 have you read the letter from @bookbzz ? I’ve attached a snippet- the most obvious is the @dailymailuk article he (1/2)

The Write Agenda ‏@thewriteagenda1  @Willow_Writing @bookbzz @DailyMailUK Yes, we have. Why is it a lie? You are the accuser. What are your proofs?

Willow Sanders ‏@Willow_Writing  @thewriteagenda1 @bookbzz @DailyMailUK lol why is it a lie? How is an insinuation of a present occurrence – referencing a THREE YEAR (1/2)

Willow Sanders ‏@Willow_Writing  @thewriteagenda1 @bookbzz @DailyMailUK and I have every right to accuse since IM one of the prizewriters [sic] that had been taken for a (1/2)

The Write Agenda ‏@thewriteagenda1  @Willow_Writing @bookbzz @DailyMailUK Willow, stay on point. It was a direct question and you apparently can’t answer it. Proofs!

Willow Sanders ‏@Willow_Writing  @thewriteagenda1 I am on point – Stating that his woes are due to a girlfriend who left him to take care of her daughter whose (1/2)

The Write Agenda ‏@thewriteagenda1  @Willow_Writing @bookbzz @DailyMailUK Another example of a low information flying monkey. https://thewriteagenda.wordpress.com/2011/04/20/the-write-agenda-the-right-company-to-keep/ …

The Write Agenda ‏@thewriteagenda1  @Willow_Writing @bookbzz @DailyMailUK That’s great. Accuse is one thing. Stating that another “lies” requires proofs. Post them.

The Shield . . .  Still Ignoring a Direct Question

Willow Sanders ‏@Willow_Writing  @thewriteagenda1 you seem to think that because your adversary had been wrapped into our book buzz conversation that I am one of her (1/2)

Trapped & Cornered . . .  Bailing Out in the Name of Jesus

Willow Sanders ‏@Willow_Writing  @thewriteagenda1 @bookbzz @DailyMailUK its Easter weekend I do t have time to be fishing about the Internet to prove Conrad Murray is (1/2)

The Write Agenda ‏@thewriteagenda1  @Willow_Writing @DailyMailUK @bookbzz Don’t fall into the trap of not providing proofs . . . like this: http://tinyurl.com/mu2tzva  back it up.

Willow Sanders ‏@Willow_Writing  @thewriteagenda1 @bookbzz @DailyMailUK or – if you are so certain that Conrad Murray is totally above board – you spend your holdup at (1/3)

The Write Agenda ‏@thewriteagenda1  @Willow_Writing @bookbzz @DailyMailUK Passover for us. But, your decline to prove proofs speaks for itself.

The Write Agenda ‏@thewriteagenda1  @Willow_Writing @bookbzz @DailyMailUK We’re not. That’s why we asked you for proofs since you were so adamant that he is lying.

The Write Agenda ‏@thewriteagenda1  @Willow_Writing @bookbzz @DailyMailUK Yet . . . you’ve spent how many tweets to us with no proofs?

[Note: Author Libby Hellman bailed out too when attempting to protect Author Lee Goldberg when pressed by The Write Agenda™:]

 Libby Hellmann ‏@libbyhellmann  May 3

@LeeGoldberg @thewriteagenda1 @FuriousDShow Not going to engage with this silliness further.

 See: Libby Hellmann’s ‏(@libbyhellmann) Statement Now in Question Regarding Lee Goldberg (@leegoldberg)

 Strong Accusations Without Proofs and Needs to “Fish” the Internet

The Write Agenda ‏@thewriteagenda1  @Willow_Writing @bookbzz @DailyMailUK So, you say he’s lying but you can’t fish the Internet to prove it? That’s amazing and very wrong.

The Write Agenda ‏@thewriteagenda1  @Willow_Writing @bookbzz @DailyMailUK What you are doing causes these kinds of things to happen: https://thewriteagenda.wordpress.com/bauer-vs-glatzer/ …

Again, these are typical Flying Monkey & Weinerdog tactics with the illusion of creating truths. We’ve seen it before as in the case of Author Lee Goldberg where the facts just unraveled. See:

UPDATED: Lee Goldberg: What is His Motive and Hidden Agenda Behind Exposing James Strauss Now? @leegoldberg

Literary Agent Links Lee Goldberg to Breakfast Table & as Passenger in James Strauss’ Vehicle – @leegoldberg

Libby Hellmann’s ‏(@libbyhellmann) Statement Now in Question Regarding Lee Goldberg (@leegoldberg)

Lee Goldberg Waffles on His Meals & Ride With Known Scammer James Strauss @Lee Goldberg

Just to be clear, The Write Agenda™ is not rising up in support of Mr. Murray; quite the contrary. Our point is to illustrate how the influence of Victoria Strauss (Writer Beware) causes low information authors to jump to baseless conclusions without the necessary substantiation. It is the stimulation of these kinds of bullying tactics that makes Victoria Strauss (Writer Beware) more and more less relevant.

There’s absolutely no harm in alerting authors to potential scams; which may very well be the case here. However, when unsubstantiated claims are made, and bullying occurs, the results can be calamitous. Remember that the bullying case, Bauer vs. Glatzer, while claimed as a victory by Victoria Strauss (Writer Beware), was dismissed in part and the Court left the door open for the Plaintiff (Bauer) to refile her lawsuit, Judge Paul Kapalko and Judge Jamie S. Perri allowed Bauer and her agency to go forward without prejudice. Do not forget that Strauss and Company were non-vindicated defendants; they merely rode the coattails of the dismissal in favor of Wikipedia. Authors need to exercise caution with these alerts or risk being made an example of. If David L. Kuzminski were still alive you could ask him about his experience with bullying.

We sincerely do hope that Mr. Murray makes good on his promises. If not, we’ll be the first to call him a liar and point out that he perpetrated a scam against authors; assuming that the facts and evidence prove it to be so. Rise up Mr. Murray, your integrity is at stake.

 

REFERENCES

http://www.accrispin.blogspot.com/2015/03/bookbzz-buzzed-off.html

http://bookbzz.com/winners-of-bookbzz-com-prize-writer-competition-2015/

https://thewriteagenda.wordpress.com/critics-of-the-write-agenda/

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

https://thewriteagenda.wordpress.com/2012/01/03/victoria-strauss-writer-beware-just-cant-seem-to-use-primary-source-material-blogs-vs-actual-results-on-letterhead-from-police-investigative-agencies/

https://thewriteagenda.wordpress.com/2014/05/01/who-drove-lee-goldberg-to-the-airport-goldbergs-truth-starts-to-unravel/

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

https://thewriteagenda.wordpress.com/2011/04/20/the-write-agenda-the-right-company-to-keep/

https://thewriteagenda.wordpress.com/2015/03/20/cornhuckster-victoria-strauss-prose-repackaged-again-its-still-un-amazing-corn/

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

http://www.dmlp.org/threats/cretella-v-kuzminski

https://thewriteagenda.wordpress.com/2011/03/29/how-pathetic-can-preditors-editors-david-l-kuzminski-be/

http://www.amazon.com/DEFAMATION-Cretella-Kuzminski-Against-Preditors/dp/1482354608

 

Cornhuckster Victoria Strauss Prose Repackaged Again: It’s Still Un-Amazing Corn (Updated: 03.22.15)

In #thewriteagenda, #victoriastrauss, A.C. Crispin, Absolute Write, Absolute Write Water Cooler, Amazon Rankings, Amazon Sales Rankings, Ann "A.C." Crispin, Ann Crispin, C. E. Petit, Charles E. Petit, Charles Emil Petit, Charlie. Petit, James D. MacDonald, John Steinbeck, Lisa L. Spangenberg, MacAllister Stone, Michael Capobianco, 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, SFWA, Victoria Strauss, Writer Beware, Yog's Law on March 20, 2015 at 6:38 am

Lady [The Lady of Rhuddesmere] was my debut novel. I wrote it when I was 17; it got me an agent who found me a publisher (a journey of nearly 10 years), where a wonderful editor helped me re-write it from beginning to end, and in the process taught me more about writing than I’ve learned before or since.

– Victoria Strauss

At age 59, 42 years after writing her first debut flop, Victoria Strauss has once again repackaged her old cold suet. If she learned so much about writing “since” that time it certainly has not been anything akin to successful authorship. Or, maybe the public-reclusive Strauss just never learned to put it into practice. It’s painfully obvious that Strauss, while isolated, tweeting and blogging in her cozy Amherst, MA home, has amassed over 13,000 Twitter followers, and yet hasn’t transformed her social followers into actual book purchasers.

What has she learned? Surely, whatever she “learned” about “writing” has resulted in a very unsuccessful literary marketing effort and career that has now spanned decades. However, you “got” to give her the credit of a punch drunk fighter . . . 42 years of pushing the same old cold suet; the book-buying public is still not buying it. Nevertheless, she jumps back up, puts a new cover on it and schlepps it out again. Only Victoria Strauss would use Writer Beware™ again as a platform for self-promotion. Statistically, that strategy has failed as well.

FACT: Victoria Strauss hasn’t released a single book that has stood up on its own original merits . . . repackaging . . . new covers  . . .  new publishers . . .  doesn’t help old cold suet . . . it’s corn.

The original release of this book [The Lady of Rhuddesmere] listed on Amazon has ZERO reviews and a sales ranking over 12,000,000. No matter how you repackage it . . .  it’s still corn. Don’t judge a book by its cover? It’s still corn. Strauss has somehow come to the conclusion that forced Cornilingus on the book-buying public will eventually result in literary success.

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Victoria Strauss’ Publishing Career: A Lesson in Cornagraphy

This isn’t the first time that Strauss has attempted to repackage her old cold suet. On February 15, 2011 Phoenix Pick republished The Arm of the Stone. Its current Amazon Best Sellers Rank is 5,487,303 and there is only one review following this release. The Garden of the Stone was also reproduced by Phoenix Pick and it has performed equally as miserable. On July 28, 2011, Strauss posted on Absolute Write:

Phoenix Pick bought two of my OP novels, and re-published them earlier this year in TP and ebook format. I got a small advance. Till this new program, they’ve been a backlist publisher, working only with established authors and authors’ estates. I haven’t received my first royalty statement yet, so I don’t know how sales are going . . . . [Emphasis added.]

– Victoria Strauss

Bought? Advance? Royalties? Seriously, what publisher in their right mind would pay an advance on such poorly producing titles? This claim is as humorous as James D. Macdonald’s (the Yog’s Law dude) statement that he (and his ghost writer, Mrs. Macdonald) is paid an advance of $50 – 75,000 per title. Sorry Ms. Strauss, the math doesn’t add up and your disingenuousness is more than transparent. [Note however, Strauss was not “established” enough to have been considered previously by Phoenix Pick.]

Phoenix Pick (who?) maintains a pretty “corny” website and does not have Strauss listed as one of their “extraordinary” authors. However, the Phoenix Pick’s “extraordinary” authors do share a very common element with Victoria Strauss . . . deplorable Amazon Sales Rankings. So, let’s put this into its proper prospective. The Phoenix Pick deal was a pretty big arrangement according to Strauss. Right? They “bought” two of her novels and even purportedly paid her an advance. Right? That’s a pretty hefty vote of confidence on the part of Phoenix Pick. Right? Kind of an “extraordinary” move for a “corny” non-mainstream backlist publisher. Yet in spite of the alleged investment in Victoria Strauss, she’s not listed on their “extraordinary” list? You can only assume that the royalties have been minimal . . . if she’s earned any at all. This is quite a fall for the Strauss who was unceremoniously discharged from Harper Collins years ago.

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On February 24, 2015, Strauss, in her typical narcissistic fashion, once again using the Writer Beware (WB) platform, declared that the wonder of technology via Open Road Media (who?) would “give new life to old books,” more specifically hers. Well the technology part is right. However, why would another “corny” publisher attempt to resuscitate books that never had a life to begin with? Books that have been aborted by the book-buying public and serve no literary purpose except to the adoring flying monkeys that make sympathy purchases and indulge her narcissism. That’s her real market. Notice however, there’s no mention by Strauss of a “purchase” or an “advance” by this Open Road Media outfit. Hmm . . .  extraordinary? Obviously, another junior varsity (JV) publishing outlet.

You don’t have to burn an author’s books to destroy their cult. Just get people to stop reading them.

– The Write Agenda

 Victoria Strauss has destroyed herself. Burning her books would serve little purpose . . . no one in the general public reads them. It’s time for Strauss to allow a natural death of her old cold suet. Please! Don’t give new life to Victoria Strauss’ old books. DO NOT RESUSCITATE! Let them die their natural death and let the corn rest in peas.

Being There . . .  The Parallel

Interestingly, there’s a very unique parallel between Victoria Strauss and Peter Seller’s character, Chance, in the movie Being There. First, both are avid gardeners. Second, Chance wanders aimlessly and Strauss as an author has also wandered unsuccessfully for decades. Third, Chance’s words, often due to confusion or stating the obvious, are repeatedly misunderstood as profound; admirers find him direct and insightful, qualities which he admires. Chance’s simplistic utterances are interpreted as allegorical statements. The flying monkeys and low information readers have held Strauss in similar esteem. Fourth, Chance rises to public prominence. He becomes a media celebrity with an appearance on a television talk show and soon rises to the top of society. He remains very mysterious, as the Secret Service is unable to find any background information about him. Public opinion polls start to reflect just how much his “simple brand of wisdom” resonates with the jaded American public. Fifth, Chance likes to watch television. Strauss, who rarely makes a public appearance and is reclusive, likes and hides behind the internet. She is an avid blogger, WB commentator and voracious tweeter apparently locked up in an office in her home; no live book tours but a very aggressive internet “blog tour” schedule or cornhuckfest. Tending a garden seems to be the perfect amusement for a woman that has approached book publishing in solitude.

In the end, Chance walks off across the surface of a small lake. He pauses, dips his umbrella into the deep water under his feet as if testing its depth, turns, and then continues to walk on the water as the president states: “Life is a state of mind.”  Chance, like Strauss, has fooled and bamboozled many. The difference here? Strauss is walking on ice . . .  very very thin melting ice and she’s testing it to see if she’ll fall through.

Are sensible people trained from an early age to respond automatically to the given words and concepts of others? Is it common that we never really think out much of anything for ourselves, but are content to believe the gospel of others? The last words in the movie are, “Life is a state of mind.” To the low information readers and followers of Victoria Strauss, life is different. Comparatively, Chance doesn’t appear to have the narcissistic tendencies of Strauss.

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The Pathology of a Narcissist or Just Insane?

Victoria Strauss’ history of narcissism has become rather tiring. Only a narcissist would repeatedly repackage prose and attempt to convince you that it is valuable; even though the same prose has failed for decades previously. Insane? Strauss’ strategies have turned the metaphorical phrase “Don’t judge a book by its cover” on its head. The reverse is true here. Strauss is attempting to get us to purchase her books when little has changed but the cover! It’s more than chutzpah, it’s an inflated ego of a highly vain person who is probably a bit self-absorbed and arrogant that would take such steps after decades of failure. It’s like she believes that she is completely superior to everyone and believes that she is more important. She may even resent others to a degree as a result. Strauss appears to have an extreme case of narcissism and may be experiencing delusions of grandeur, believing that she is the “chosen one” or that she has some incredible destiny. To the low information author and flying monkey, it is very easy to fall into the trap of looking only at the surface of Victoria Strauss, her concepts and ideas without taking the time and effort to delve deeper into them; you have to go well beyond the cover. Based on the career of Victoria Strauss, the rubbish she has actually contributed to the publishing world, since she’s republishing again, she should also consider new title names: The Lady of RhuddeSmear, Guardian of the Frills, The Way of Jizzmata duology: The Awakened Bitty & The Burning Gland.

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TWA, [The Write Agenda] Victoria Strauss is neither going to agree to any public appearance with you nor is she going to agree to do a YouTube video. You’ve hit the nail on the head: She’s publically shy, reclusive and will only come out of her Amherst, MA confines if, and only if, there is some sort of gratuitous award for her. And, this claim of ‘death threats’ . . . seriously? She’d commit suicide long before that. Her history of depression and long list of literary flops clearly indicates that nature will take its course; no one will notice except the flying monkey.

– Anonomous

On a deeper level, Strauss, at times has demonstrated behavior that makes her appear highly insecure and unhappy. She has often created the illusion that she is so great to convince herself, and to protect herself from a world that perhaps doesn’t always feel the same way. For example, look at the title of her posting on WB announcing her latest repackaging effort: “NEW LIFE FOR OLD BOOKS (MINE!)” Rather narcissistic? Right? Considering the purported volume of WB followers, why is there only 6 people commenting on this grandiose posting? Even more interesting, www.victoriastrauss.com, Strauss’ main site, a duplicate posting has ZERO comments. Strauss’ main site has an Alexa ranking of 1,119,285 (Google’s Alexa ranking: 1). To Strauss’ credit, although miserable, her Alexa ranking is higher than her Amazon Sales Rankings. Bottom line, there’s more people visiting Strauss’ site than purchasing her corn.

“Hell hath no fury like that of a narcissist being told the truth.”

Tom Dark

All things considered, narcissists will also exhibit some signs of the insecurity that they harbor deep down. Strauss obviously has a fear of public appearances and doesn’t do real well as a public speaker (read her WB posts in the voice of Audrey Hepburn). Her control over internet marketing, blog tours and phone interviews demonstrates how she zealously overcompensates for her perceived shortcomings. She appears to be highly sensitive to criticism, clingy in some ways and desperate for approval and love. The narcissist has one of the most fragile egos of all personality types, and so will be unlikely to cope well with rejection or criticisms. Strauss has not done well in the ego department.

The secret to dealing with Victoria Strauss is to recognize her for what she is, and to take what she says with a pinch of salt. At the same time, you must remember that she is ultimately just trying to seek your approval. Accept the point that she is in fact quite insecure. Don’t allow her to take control or to make everything she says about herself and the industry as gospel . . . do your research . . . deep research. Don’t take our word for it and look beyond the cover.

The Field of Dreams was a corn field and Victoria Strauss has attempted to reseed it again. Strauss will go to her grave thinking that her works mattered and that she contributed something to the literary world. The facts prove otherwise. It’s been corn and will always be corn. As an avid gardener, Strauss’ most notable accomplishment is that she has tended the corn field very successfully.

The Rise of The Write Agenda: Paranoia

It’s a bit ironic, I guess, but from now on anyone who posts screeds attacking Writer Beware under the name “anonymous” is doomed to be associated with the dork(s) at Write Agenda. All the more reason to come forward and post under your own real name and take responsibility for your comments.

– Michael Capobianco

We are also witnessing the demise of Writer Beware (WB) and its significance. Based on visitors commentary, the real interest and visitor engagement with WB peaked in 2007 when 447 comments were amassed by the site. Since 2011, the year that The Write Agenda launched, commentary on WB postings have significantly dropped: 417 (2011), 231 (2012), 139, and (2013) and 148 (2014). From 2005 – 2014 a total of 3275 comments were made; 324 were posted by WB administrators and Victoria Strauss has contributed the highest volume of them. Michael Capobianco, Ann “A.C.” Crispin and Richard White have done little on the WB site. Their contributions to the commentary pale to those of Victoria Strauss’.

During 2011 WB averaged 5 comments per post (CPP). These averages have dramatically dropped since that time: 3 CPP (2012), 2 CPP (2013) and 2 CPP (2014). During the 10 year history only 2 posts have ever accumulated more than 100 comments. During 2011, one of these posts generated 146 comments; 35% of the entire comments for that year. One post where the commentary was nearly equal to the entire remarks made in 2005 (143), 2013 (139) and 2014 (148). A 64% drop in visitor comments clearly represents a demise in visitor engagement and the significance of Writer Beware and Victoria Strauss.

Writer Beware Drops in Alexa Rankings

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What was that highly engaged posting by WB? It was, of course, the expose’ they did on The Write Agenda. Yes, we hold the unique distinction of being the subject of the most commented on posting in the entire history of Writer Beware; quite an impressionable accomplishment. Of all the scams and postings on Writer Beware, little old The Write Agenda caught the most interest. It’s a merit badge we will wear very proudly and it’s obviously a very significant statement of our contribution and value . . . and that’s not corn.

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All things considered, Strauss has also touted herself as the scam buster that shines “a bright light into the dark corners of the shadow-world of literary scams,” yet, as the most aggressive poster on WB, she never reported the literary scam perpetrated by the attorney of WB and the SFWA. This has resulted in the most “corny” and incongruent ignorance of WB and Victoria Strauss in its history. Do you seriously wonder why WB and Victoria Strauss have become insignificant? Aw, shucks!

 

REFERENCES

http://accrispin.blogspot.com/2015ver/02/new-life-for-old-books-mine.html

http://absolutewrite.com/forums/showthwread.php?t=220042

https://thewriteagenda.wordpress.com/2013/01/26/self-promotion-on-writer-beware-its-an-everyday-Sinceoccurance/

http://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=flying+monkeys

https://thewriteagenda.wordpress.com/2011/04/20/the-write-agenda-the-right-company-to-keep/

https://thewriteagenda.wordpress.com/2014/04/24/macallister-stone-meloldi-sherman-whos-who/

https://thewriteagenda.wordpress.com/2011/06/21/james-d-macdonald-paid-50000-75000-in-advances-sorry-we%E2%80%99re-not-biting-prove-it/

https://thewriteagenda.wordpress.com/2013/09/28/the-write-agenda-challenges-victoria-strauss-to-a-public-debate/

https://thewriteagenda.wordpress.com/2013/10/24/victoria-strauss-scoffs-debate-opportunity-with-the-write-agenda/

https://thewriteagenda.wordpress.com/yogs-law/

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

https://thewriteagenda.wordpress.com/2011/11/22/blogger-gets-it-wrong-amazon-sales-rankings-are-valuable-metrics-if-benchmarked-over-time/

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Victoria Strauss Claims to Feast on Sharks . . . Seems Like She Missed an Obvious One

In A.C. Crispin, Ann "A.C." Crispin, Ann Crispin, Ann Crispin DEAD, Author, C. E. Petit, Charles E. Petit, Charles Emil Petit, Charlie. Petit, Crispin, Crispin Dead, JJ Marsh, John Steinbeck, Law Suits, lawsuit, lawsuits, Lawyer, Legal Issues, Michael Capobianco, 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, Publishing, Scam, Scams, Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers, Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers Association, SFWA, Victoria Strauss, Words with JAM, Writer, Writer Beware on April 1, 2014 at 6:03 pm

Victoria Strauss, commenting on another self-aggrandizing blog posting, proudly proclaimed on Twitter: “I feast on sharks.” This is quite a bold statement for someone that has a “favorite shark.”

It (Writer Beware™) purports that it “shines a bright light into the dark corners of the shadow-world of literary scams, schemes, and pitfalls.” Selectively? Maybe? Sure, until the scam strikes at home base. In 2007 it did; and, it’s a SCAM of EPIC proportions. It involves the estate of Pulitzer Prize and Nobel Prize winning author John Steinbeck(i.e. The Grapes of Wrath (1939) and East of Eden (1952) and the novella Of Mice and Men (1937) . . . yes, that Steinbeck. Huge? We think so. Was the failure of Writer Beware™ to report this scam an oversight or a case where they just turned their heads and looked the other way? Swimming with the sharks?

What did this scam involve? In principle, it’s the kind of material that Writer Beware™ built its foundation on. Exposing scams that are relative to: 1) engaging in conduct involving dishonesty, fraud, deceit, or misrepresentation; 2) breaching fiduciary duties to a client; 3) obtaining an unreasonable fee; and 4) engaging in conduct which tends to defeat the administration of justice or to bring the courts or the legal profession into disrepute. These are the types of claims that spawned Writer Beware™ and its own version of their boycotts; otherwise known as their “Thumbs Down” lists. It’s time for the “bright light” to shine into the “dark corners of the shadow-world” of Victoria StraussAnn “A.C.” CrispinWriter Beware™ and the Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers (SFWA). There’s one name we will not see on any Writer Beware ™ list and we’ll let you decide exactly why that happened.

Who was this individual that engaged in conduct involving dishonesty, fraud, deceit, or misrepresentation; allegedly breached fiduciary duties to a client; purportedly obtained an unreasonable fee; and may have engaged in conduct which tends to defeat the administration of justice or to bring the courts or the legal profession into disrepute? Well, let’s take a close look at some of the relationships and links here.

Obviously, JJ Marsh, the author of this posting, completely missed the actual fact that one “Shark” (that scammed an author) was an attorney of the the SFWA & Writer Beware. We could not resist the opportunity to comment on her complete lack of fact-finding regarding Victoria Strauss and Writer Beware.

It is our expectation that Ms. Marsh will be more conscious of the implications of such yellow journalism and avoid them in the future at all costs. It is carelessness and misleading writing that is devoid of the complete truth. Strauss and Writer Beware should be discredited and Ms. Marsh has the power to do that through due diligence and fact finding.

Ms. Marsh & Words with Jam really dropped the ball here. We are sure that from across “the pond” this appears to be a great story. However, the unenlightened people that write these editorial masturbations  need to dig beyond the false superficial impressions. The fact that JJ Marsh conducts “60 Second Interviews” should prove that more time was needed on this one. RUBBISH!

[NOTE: JJ Marsh, in her biography, indicates that She lives in an attic overlooking a cemetery.] Hmmm . . .  ponder that!

 

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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: The Write Agenda’s Expose’ of Michael Capobianco

In A.C. Crispin, Absolute Write, Absolute Write Water Cooler, Ann "A.C." Crispin, Ann Crispin, Ann Crispin DEAD, Charles E. Petit, Cretella v. Kuzminski, Crispin, DEFAMATION, DEFAMATION: Cretella v. Kuzminski: The Case Against Preditors & Editors David L. Kuzminski, Jim C. Hines, John Scalzi, Michael Capobianco, 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, Richard White, Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers, SFWA, Steve Gould, Steven Gould, Strauss, The Write Agenda, Victoria Strauss, Watchdog, Whatever, Writer, Writer Beware on March 20, 2014 at 10:27 pm

COMING SOON: The Write Agenda’s Expose’ of Michael Capobianco

BTW! Why isn’t Richard White listed as a contributor on Writer Beware now???

Comments on the Death of Ann “A.C.” Crispin (Ongoing)

In 666, A.C., A.C. Crispin, Absolute Write, Absolute Write Water Cooler, Ann "A.C." Crispin, Ann Crispin, Ann Crispin DEAD, BARBARA BAUER, BARBARA BAUER LITERARY AGENCY, Bauer vs. Glatzer, C. E. Petit, Charles E. Petit, Charles Emil Petit, Charlie. Petit, Crispin, Crispin Dead, James D. MacDonald, Jenna Glatzer, Jim C. Hines, John Scalzi, John Steinbeck, lawsuit, lawsuits, Legal Issues, Lisa L. Spangenberg, MacAllister Stone, Making Light, 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, Patrick Niclsen-Hayden, Pirates Of The Caribbean: Price Of Freedom, Preditors & Editors, Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers, Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers Association, SFWA, SFWA 2013 Elections, Steve Gould, Steven Gould, Strauss, Teresa Nielsen Hayden, The Write Agenda, Victoria Strauss, Whatever, Writer Beware, Yog's Law on September 7, 2013 at 7:14 pm

“The idea that it’s okay to lie and smear people you don’t know doesn’t die with them.  I see from all these trolls that Victoria and company has taught them that this, and a ludicrous arrogance, is okay.  They haven’t an idea just how much damage it does to them.”

“Ann Crispin has done similarly, cancer often being the result of years of misdirected anger or feelings of martyrdom.”

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

“We might wonder what Victoria Strauss was actually doing for that month ‘meeting a deadline’ for her latest claimed paint-by-numbers flotsam. I don’t follow her or any of these dishonest cretins, but I’d probably have heard if she’d said another word about it.  What was she doing?  Is she also ill?”

“One down and 1.5 to go . . . if Richard White (Who?) really counts.”

“The end of Writer Beware is on the horizon. Victoria Strauss lacks the competence as a researcher and is a literary underachiever. Why would anyone trust an author that has produced 8 novels that have flopped; she’s not a household name. Keep the pressure on The Write Agenda!”

“So, ‘A.C.’ has died. Allow me to be the first to extend my hand to her family at this difficult time…and then slowly raise my middle finger.”

“Crispin was Crispin. Crispin was Writer Beware. Victoria Strauss isn’t Ann Crispin . . .  the rest is history.”

“Strauss doesn’t have the skin (or ovaries as you say) to do justice to Writer Beware. Crispin’s death marks the death of Writer Beware too!”

“Amen The Write Agenda. Amen.”

“I never understood the Writer Beware concept. It’s not like they really accomplished anything other than regurgitating information. Posting shit on people or organizations that they have not been involved with is reprehensible. Yet, I never liked Crispin, not at all. That last thing she wrote isn’t a novel anyway, whatever it is. I don’t like it. Not at all. It suffers horribly  and it’s so narcissistic. And to me, also, it seemed so false, so calculated. Combining the plain woman with an absolutely megalomaniac egotism. I simply can’t stand it. Victoria Strauss . . . seriously?”

” Crispin’s work and and Strauss’ are evil, and they are the most unhappy beings of whom one can say that it would be better had they had never been born.”

“Crispin’s prose is a cold black suet-pudding. We can represent it as a cold suet-roll of fabulously reptilian length. Cut it at any point, it is the same thing; the same heavy, sticky, opaque mass all through and all along. Rest in Hell Bitch.”

“In the practice of tolerance, one’s enemy is the best teacher.” – Dalai Lama

“May she live in the land of publisher’s advances beyond her wildest dreams.  Meanwhile, we still have work to do.”

“I doubt that any BIG publishing entity will take the time to eulogize Ann Crispin. May this fact serve to prove how SMALL she really was.”

“Ann Crispin spent her time fooling authors and convincing them that purchasing her books (and Victoria Strauss’) was a ‘show of support’ for the not-for-profit thing better known as Writer Beware. Fortunately, she only fooled the under-educated author and the Kool-Aid drinking minions . . . a very small group of literary putzes.”

“The Write Agenda (TWA) has done an awesome job weaving the cast of characters in the literary folly perpetuated by Ann Crispin, Victoria Strauss, James Macdonald, Macallister Stone, Lisa L. Spangenberg, Teresa Hayden, David Kuzminski, Writer Beware, Making Light, Absolute Write and Preditors & Editors. In this effort, it does appear that Yog’s Law is true. Money does flow to the author . . . especially those authors listed above. Keep following the money TWA! You’ve certainly pissed off this group and that has validated you; they are not ignoring you. Keep exposing their scams that are being perpetrated on the unknowing author.”

“To her credit, Ann Crispin was a public person and visible. Victoria Strauss, who is publically shy and painfully reclusive, hides behind Twitter and other online services and pales in comparison. If Writer Beware is going to survive it’s going to take a more publically stable individual; I’ve personally witnessed the public Strauss and it isn’t pretty. Writer Beware cannot thrive solely on the narcissistic endeavors of a reclusive hag like Victoria Strauss. Writer Beware is surely to follow the same fate as Ann Crispin . . . DEATH. Strauss will not be able to hack the challenges without Crispin and her ego would not tolerate a replacement.”

“What? Writer Beware’s & Victoria Strauss’ first post . . . FIRST POST! . . . after the death of Ann Crispin links to Twitter postings by The Write Agenda? Seriously? Rock on The Write Agenda . . . you have arrived as a worthy opponent to the reclusive one (Victoria Strauss). Strauss states:  ‘I was considering letting the blog sit silent for a week–but in light of the fools and trolls who are dreaming of Writer Beware’s demise, I’ve decided to carry on as usual. It’s what Ann would have wanted’ . . . it’s no ‘dream’ Strauss, The Write Agenda has called you out and Writer Beware will ‘sit silent’ soon! It’s a great day to be a ‘fool’ and a ‘troll’ people because Victoria Strauss could not remain silent! Strauss can’t sell any of her dreadful books . . . how will she continue to sell Writer Beware? There’s no validity here; not with the author and not with the mission she claims to advocate for. However, you can purchase her books as a sign of ‘support’ of Writer Beware. I hope the people that are reading this are now puking. You just can’t make this shit up!”

“Strauss has BIG shoes to fill and obviously The Write Agenda has become public enemy #1 to Strauss & Co. The death of Crispin is a historical benchmark and a pinnacle turning point for the future of Writer Beware. The Write Agenda has obliviously intimidated the living shit out of Victoria Strauss! Savor the moment The Write Agenda. Victoria Strauss should have ignored you . . . she didn’t. I agree with the other commentators . . . the death of Writer Beware is foreseeable, Strauss avoids facts, Strauss uses ad hominem tactics, avoids real issues (hmm like Charlie Petit?) and makes personal arguments against an opponent instead of against their argument. Strauss doesn’t have the moxey to publically represent Writer Beware in a fashion anything near to Crispin. She had to comment to save her face. Thank you The Write Agenda!!!! When a person is ‘saving face,’ they are struggling to keep their reputation and the respect of other people . . .  clearly The Write Agenda has injured Writer Beware and Victoria Strauss.”

“Hell hath no fury like one author gleefully savaging another author’s work. That’s all I can say.”

“I haven’t any right to criticize books, and I don’t do it except when I hate them. I often wanted to criticize Ann Crispin, but her books madden me so that I can’t conceal my frenzy from other readers; and therefore I had to stop every time I began. When’s the funeral? Or, are they going to toast her remains? If not,  I want to dig her up and hit her over the skull with her own shin-bone.”

“I couldn’t stand Crispin (I despise Strauss). Nobody will think to ask because I’m supposedly jealous; but I out-sell both of them. I’m more popular than they are, and I don’t take either of them very seriously…oh, they come on like the authors advocates, but they are just boring little middle-class girls hustling their crappy books. Crispin dead? Great! Now this group is left with Victoria Strauss: What she does is not writing, that’s typing.”

“I’ve followed Writer Beware since its inception. Conceptually, it has been a great idea and they have accomplished some great things. However, as a dues paying member of the SFWA I’ve had issues with Crispin and Strauss using the site as a marketing tool. The SFWA is a not-for-profit organization; Crispin and Strauss have, as The Write Agenda has indicated, pressured followers to purchase their books as a ‘sign of support’ for their volunteerism. BULL SHIT! This is wrong and they know it’s wrong. However, it’s not that it really matters because only a small group of worshippers have actually bought into this marketing ploy. Neither Crispin nor Strauss have become household names resulting from this activity. Crispin had her 15 minutes of fame and now her flame has burned out; Strauss, now beyond middle-age, dreams of just having a public spark. Strauss is wiped out and has little chance of redeeming herself. I agree with the post regarding the ‘public’ Victoria Strauss . . . is really is not pretty. She may be able to maintain Writer Beware as a recluse but to build credibility beyond the comfort of her home in Amherst, MA . . . it’s probably not going to happen. Crispin and Strauss both have maintained independent sites; that’s where you market your book . . . not on a not-for-profit site. I’m also very concerned about the selective ‘reporting’ of Writer Beware. For example, an attorney retained by the SFWA commits fraud and it’s swept under the table; not reported by Crispin or Strauss? The American Book Publishing story by Strauss . . . so what? A ‘police investigation’ that may have actually been fabricated by Strauss herself? The Write Agenda caught my attention when you contacted all of the police organizations in the jurisdiction and found nothing to substantiate Strauss’ claims. I’m a loyalist by nature; with personal difficulty I commend The Write Agenda for calling out Crispin and Strauss to be honest. The SFWA is beyond housecleaning; John Scalzi is a putz, Crispin & Strauss  . . . self-serving and new President Steven Gould . . . G-d help us . . . Gould truly is the rectal spawn, of former SFWA President, John Scalzi that was fertilized by author James C. Hines. I will not be renewing my SFWA membership.”

“I’ve always thought that The Write Agenda (TWA) was FOS (Full of Shit). However, I’ve honestly discovered that TWA does tell the truth. Admittedly, I’ve been a SFWA & Writer Beware fool. The ‘under-informed’ & Kool-Aid drinking flying monkey! Yes, that was (was) me. Thank you TWA for the epiphany! The wakeup call was well deserved . . . mea culpa! I have also witnessed ‘the public’ Victoria Strauss and completely agree with the other posters here. If Strauss is going to redeem Writer Beware  . . . she has to get schooled in PR (how to do public appearances) quickly. Ann Crispin is well documented on video sites like You-Tube etc; there are no videos of Strauss. TWA you have hit the nail on the head. If Writer Beware is going to survive, Strauss (and only Strauss; Richard White is a peon and has less credibility than Strauss) is going to have to step up. That is going to require her to get more factual in her “reporting” and become a more public. Personally, I don’t see that happening. Strauss has been in a comfort zone, she’s publically shy and she’ll always be in the shadow of Ann Crispin.TWA you have successfully converted this SFWA member; I’m also not renewing my SFWA membership. Well done TWA! To my SFWA (soon to be former) BUY the TWA books posted as a ‘sign of support’ for their work.”

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

In 2013 SFWA Elections, A.C., A.C. Crispin, Ann "A.C." Crispin, Ann Crispin, Ann Crispin DEAD, Bauer vs. Glatzer, C. E. Petit, Charles E. Petit, Charles Emil Petit, Charlie. Petit, Crispin, Crispin Dead, James D. MacDonald, John Scalzi, Michael Capobianco, Mystery Writers of America, Nancy Steinbeck, Passion Blew, PASSION BLEW II: The Case Against Victoria Strauss, Passion Blew!: Scamming the John Steinbeck Estate: The Case Against Attorney Charles E. Petit The Former Attorney for the Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers of America, Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers, SFWA, Steven Gould, Strauss, Teresa Nielsen Hayden, The Write Agenda, Travis Tea, Uncategorized, Victoria Strauss, Whatever, Writer Beware, Yog's Law on September 6, 2013 at 9:42 pm

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

Tom Dark

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

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

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

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

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Michael Cohen Review of Absolute Write, Victoria Strauss, James D. Macdonald, Teresa Nielsen-Hayden . . . Validity Test

In A.C., A.C. Crispin, Absolute Write, Absolute Write Water Cooler, Ann "A.C." Crispin, Ann Crispin, Atlanta Nights, BARBARA BAUER, BARBARA BAUER LITERARY AGENCY, Bauer vs. Glatzer, C. E. Petit, Charles E. Petit, Charles Emil Petit, Crispin, David L. Kuzminski, James D. MacDonald, Jenna Glatzer, John Scalzi, John Steinbeck, Lisa L. Spangenberg, MacAllister Stone, Making Light, Michael Cohen, 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, Scams, Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers, Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers Association, SFWA, SFWA 2013 Elections, Steve Gould, Steven Gould, Strauss, Teresa Nielsen Hayden, The Write Agenda, Travis Tea, Veracity Check, Victoria Strauss, Writer Beware, Writer Beware & Others, Writers on August 16, 2013 at 12:48 am

Michael Cohen Review of Absolute Write, Victoria Strauss, James D. Macdonald, Teresa Nielsen-Hayden et al . . . Validity Test.

“The harsh criticisms of Absolute Write on this site are justified, and then some. As a former member of the AW inner circle, I was present at several behind the scenes discussions with Lisa Spangenberg (alias Mac Stone), Victoria Strauss, James D. Macdonald, Teresa Nielsen-Hayden, and others. The mix was different from time to time depending on who was around and what writer or editor was being torn to pieces on the board…. (more on the following link.)

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Charles E. Petit ( Former SFWA Attorney) Speaks Out Regarding the SFWA

In A.C., A.C. Crispin, BARBARA BAUER, BARBARA BAUER LITERARY AGENCY, Bauer vs. Glatzer, C. E. Petit, Charles E. Petit, Charles Emil Petit, Charlie. Petit, David L. Kuzminski, 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, Lawyer, Michael Capobianco, Mystery Writers of America, Nancy Steinbeck, Passion Blew, PASSION BLEW II: The Case Against Victoria Strauss, Passion Blew!: Scamming the John Steinbeck Estate: The Case Against Attorney Charles E. Petit The Former Attorney for the Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers of America, Passion Blue, Scam, Scams, Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers, Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers Association, SFWA, SFWA 2013 Elections, Shark, Steve Gould, Steven Gould, Victoria Strauss, Writer, Writer Beware, Writer Beware & Others, Writers on July 13, 2013 at 2:57 am

“This is one corporate culture that really does need a change.”

Charles E. Petit

Former SFWA Attorney

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Forthcoming Changes in Corporate Culture

 

 

Victoria Strauss: Coming Out of Hibernation to Comment on The Write Agenda

In @Amandapandaduh, a teen novel, A. Ross, A.C., A.C. Crispin, Ann "A.C." Crispin, Ann Crispin, BARBARA BAUER, BARBARA BAUER LITERARY AGENCY, Bauer vs. Glatzer, C. E. Petit, Charles E. Petit, Charles Emil Petit, Charlie. Petit, 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, Scams, Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers, Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers Association, Victoria Strauss, Watchdog, Writer Beware, Writer Beware & Others on July 10, 2013 at 12:15 am

Victoria Strauss came out of her self-imposed exile (briefly) to Tweet about who? Yes, you got it . . . The Write Agenda. Strauss, the literary midget, made a short appearance on Twitter to post the following (below) to an apparent “flying monkey” recruit (who appears to still be in high school and may be a member of VHEMT: Voluntary Human Extinction Movement see www.vhemt.org. VHEMT advocates: “Phasing out the human race by voluntarily ceasing to breed will allow Earth’s biosphere to return to good health. Crowded conditions and resource shortages will improve as we become less dense.”)

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Victoria Strauss has ran her own “smear” site and campaign via Writer Beware.  Remember, it was The Write Agenda that exposed the scams perpetrated by Victoria Strauss and the Writer Beware Crew; which is more than sufficient for Strauss to loathe The Write Agenda.

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

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

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

You cannot “deny” that is was an embarrassment to have Victoria Strauss as a panelist at The 2013 ASJA Annual Writers Conference.

You cannot “deny” that Victoria Strauss should have been Disqualified from the First Annual Independent Blogger Awards: Questions of Eligibility Remain Regarding the Meaning of “Independent”

RECENT POSTS FROM THE WRITE AGENDA

The Write Agenda will be releasing a sequel to Passion Blew!: Scamming the John Steinbeck Estate: The Case Against Attorney Charles E. Petit The Former Attorney for the Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers of America and Passion Blew II: The Case Against Victoria Strauss, Ann “A.C.” Crispin, Writer Beware & Others  . . . it will be titledKolorsong; to be released during 2013.

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