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B.A.D. Project (Boycotted Authors Distribution) [[PUBLIC]]

In A.C., A.C. Crispin, Absolute Write, Accountability, Amazon, Amazon Rankings, Amazon Sales Rankings, American Book Press, American Book Publishing, Amy Sterling Casil, Ann "A.C." Crispin, Ann Crispin, Atlanta Nights, Author, Author Contracts, Author Watch, Authors, Best Sellers, Bestsellers, Blackmail, Book Reviews, Book Signings, books, Credibility, Criminal History, Crispin, David L. Kuzminski, Dee Power, defamatory, Disney, e-books, ebooks, Extortion, false information, Filmmaker, Free e-book, Free ebook, Goy's Law, Infringement, Intimidation, Investigations, James D. MacDonald, Janrae Frank, Jenna Glatzer, Law Suits, lawsuits, libelous, MacAllister Stone, Making Light, New York Times, New York Times Best Sellers, P.N. Elrod, Patrick Niclsen-Hayden, Pirates Of The Caribbean: Price Of Freedom, Preditors & Editors, Professionalism, Propaganda, Publish America, PublishAmerica, Publishers, Rachael Saltzman, Reputation, Reputation Management, Ripoff Report, Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers Association, Self-Publishing, SFWA, Teresa Nielsen Hayden, The Write Agenda, Vanity, Vanity Press, Victor Cretella, Victoria Strauss, Watchdog, Writer Beware, Yog's Law on September 17, 2011 at 8:58 pm

B.A.D. Project (Boycotted Authors Distribution) Click here.

The Write Agenda’s special project to distribute the Boycotted Authors List to libraries, bookstores and special venues.

Current Boycott List (Click Here).

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Atlanta Nights: Filmmaker Rachael Saltzman to Use “Personal Funds” to Create Documentary; Traditional Channels Fail to Produce Support

In A.C., A.C. Crispin, Absolute Write, Accountability, Ann "A.C." Crispin, Atlanta Nights, Author, Authors, Credibility, David L. Kuzminski, Filmmaker, Interviews, Investigations, James D. MacDonald, Preditors & Editors, Propaganda, Publish America, PublishAmerica, Publishers, Rachael Saltzman, Reputation, Reputation Management, Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers Association, Self-Publishing, SFWA, Teresa Nielsen Hayden, The Write Agenda, Travis Tea, Vanity Press, Victoria Strauss, Watchdog, Writer Beware, Yog's Law on September 6, 2011 at 12:25 pm

“I know it’s been really quiet on this page. No, I haven’t given up! I’m currently working on a historical documentary with a wonderful producer. Once we finish the current project, I’ll be right back on it.”

– Rachael Saltzman (Facebook, January 15, 2013)

“Researching grant writing.”

 – Rachael Saltzman (Facebook, December 16, 2011)

“Still getting personal funds together for gear in order to do the documentary of the making of this book.”

 – Rachael Saltzman (Facebook, August 25, 2011)

“Rachael: Hey gang. I know it’s been quiet here. Looking for money is slow going, and I don’t have anything new to report. Not giving up, just running a marathon.”

 – Rachael Saltzman (Facebook, November 8, 2011)

On May 16, 2011 the request for public funding of Atlanta Nights resulted in an epic failure with a shortfall of $18, 702. Shortly thereafter, Filmmaker Rachael Saltzman declared that they were no longer seeking donations and that they were “…trying to go through more traditional channels and we’ll see what happens there.”

Well, it appears that there are no takers for this project in the “traditional channels” circle. Now Rachel Saltzman is going to use “personal funds” to bring this project to life?

As we stated back in June, seriously??? Does it seem like waiting to “see what happens” is a statement of confidence? Ok, we’re “traditional” investors. The number one question is: What’s the projected return on investment (ROI)? It is going to produce a profit . . . right?

Rachael, no one cares! This is an epic failure. Have you figured that out yet? Have you not even noticed that James D. MacdonaldVictoria Strauss and Ann “A.C.”  Crispin failed to financially support this self-serving endeavor? It’s nothing more than a pitiable literary masturbation get-together. Yet, they overwhelmingly take credit for it. How much longer will you suckle the breasts of these self-serving “watchdogs”? You are being used. It’s time to start thinking about saving your career and investing your talents elsewhere.

Atlanta Nights (the book) has a current Amazon Sales Ranking of 1, 126,075. In other words, that equates to less than 3 copies sold every 500 days.

See our other postings regarding Atlanta Nights:

Atlanta Nights: The Funding Struggle Continues

Atlanta Night’s” Filmmaker Refuses to Release Financial and Funding Information

Atlanta Nights,” Shane Moore States that The Abyss Walker team supports this film!

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

Facebook Exchange with “Atlanta Nights” Filmmaker, Rachael Saltzman

References

Saltzman, Rachael. “Atlanta Nights: The Movie | Facebook. 1 June 2011. Web. 02 June 2011. <http://www.facebook.com/pages/Atlanta-Nights-The-Movie/146735932047093>.

Saltzman, Rachael. “Atlanta Nights: The Movie | Facebook. 25 August  2011. Web. 06 September 2011. <http://www.facebook.com/pages/Atlanta-Nights-The-Movie/146735932047093>.

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

In A.C., A.C. Crispin, Absolute Write, Accountability, American Book Publishing, Ann "A.C." Crispin, Ann Crispin, Author, Authors, Credibility, Crispin, Disney, Filmmaker, Infringement, Interviews, Investigations, James D. MacDonald, Making Light, Pirates Of The Caribbean: Price Of Freedom, Professionalism, Propaganda, Publishing, Reputation, Reputation Management, Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers Association, SFWA, Teresa Nielsen Hayden, Victoria Strauss, Writer Beware on July 24, 2011 at 5:11 pm

In our recent posting, Is Ann ‘A.C.’ Crispin Perpetuating and Assisting Disney with the Theft and Exploitation of another’s creative work? Pirates Of The Caribbean: Price Of Freedom . . . Infringement? we questioned whether Ann “A.C.” Crispin’s involvement in the book deal for Pirates Of The Caribbean: Price Of Freedom, may both be perpetuating and assisting Disney with the theft and exploitation of Royce Mathew’s creative works (Click here). Mr. Mathew recently took issue with Ann “A.C.” Crispin on the Author’s Goodreads page:

A. Crispin – what are you doing about this? – What the Walt Disney Company has done is that they have stolen my creative work/story & characters and used it for the first Pirates of the Caribbean movie – and the sequels – (for the 4th film, they then licensed the rights to the book On Stranger Tides and incorporated that.) Then with A. Crispin’s book – they gave her / hired her to take my characters and fictional inventions (such as the eccentric pirate and the pirate ship the Black Pearl) and to create a back story for them. Thus by her involvement for a book deal, A. Crispin is both perpetuating and assisting Disney with the theft and exploitation of my creative work. My website has documents and photo proof of my fight for accountability – and thus she should step forward and address the serious issue(s) at hand. See photo proof of the Walt Disney Company’s fraud, corruption and criminal acts in regards to the Pirates of the Caribbean movie franchise and my ongoing fight for accountability over the theft of my supernatural pirate story – www.disneylawsuit.com.” (Emphasis added.)

Ann “A.C.” Crispin’s reply:

“Dear Mr. Mathew: If the US courts sustain your claims, I will certainly comply with any directives they give me. I am a law-abiding individual. I wish to make clear, however, that you did not write The Price of Freedom, as The Write Agenda sock puppet was implying. -I- wrote it, and at the time I wrote it I was completely unaware of any litigation that had been filed. You might want to check out The Write Agenda site. It’s a hate site, and nothing else, set up by people with an axe to grind against Writer Beware . . “. If these people are who we think they are, allying yourself with them would not redound to your credit in the courts, since they’re already in considerable trouble with the authorities.(Emphasis added.)

Firstly, The Write Agenda never implied that Mr. Mathew wrote The Price of Freedom. We did bring the concerns of Mr. Mathew’s to the attention of our followers and readers. Secondly, we never contended that Ann “A.C.” Crispin didn’t write Pirates Of The Caribbean: Price Of Freedom. We did raise the issue and are questioning whether there is any validity to Mr. Mathew’s claims that Ann “A.C.” Crispin’s involvement in the book deal for Pirates Of The Caribbean: Price Of Freedom, may both be perpetuating and assisting Disney with the theft and exploitation of Royce Mathew’s creative works. These are fair and reasonable questions to be asking considering Mr. Mathew’s claims. Moreover, it is in the public’s interest to know regardless of whether Disney or Mr. Mathew is correct. In spite of Ann “A.C.” Crispin’s admonishment regarding The Write Agenda, Mr. Mathew ignored her warnings and gave Ann “A.C.” Crispin a few himself:

Ann C. Crispin I am an independent artist, with credentials who is actively fighting for accountability over the theft of my creative work.., [sic] and I have never claimed I wrote the book The Price of Freedom. Yet that book was built off of my creative property that includes my supernatural pirate story, characters and fictional inventions. If you read my statement/letter/posting – it states that the facts prove that the Walt Disney Company has engaged in criminal acts that involve them stealing my creative work including my original story, characters, and fictional inventions for their Pirates of the Caribbean movie franchise (starting with the first movie The Curse of the Black Pearl). Photo proof of this is on my website  www.disneylawsuit.com which has been filed with government agencies and with the court(s). Then after my creative work was illegally branded as a Disney creative property, it was then given to you, which you were evidently hired, to take my characters and fictional inventions (such as the eccentric pirate and the pirate ship the Black Pearl) and to create a back story for them. Thus the Walt Disney Company has been bringing other people into their company circle with which to help them to further profit and exploit my creative property. Either knowingly or unknowingly, yours, as well as Johnny Depp, and others, have been all perpetuating and assisting Disney with the theft and exploitation of my creative work. May I point out that my fight for accountability and righteousness is all over the internet – and I will continue to lawfully seek justice and accountability in regards to the theft and exploitation of my creative work, as well as against the Walt Disney Company’s corrupt and criminal legacy of Michael Eisner, that still continues with Robert Iger and Michael Eisner. Here is a recent 2011 online interview with me (Royce Mathew) in regards to my career which involves Disney, Michael Eisner, Marty Sklar and more…http://www.bigdaddyhorrorreviews.com/201… In closing, you, as well as others, have a choice – which is to either ignore the documented facts as you (directly or indirectly) aided and continue to profit from Disney’s criminal actions – or you can do something positive about it. – I welcome all communications and interviews as this serious matter is far from over.(Emphasis added.)

Fellow weinerdog, Victoria Strauss, came to Ann “A.C.” Crispin’s aid but only to use the opportunity to throw a jab at The Write Agenda:

“Thanks for your comments, Royce. I too was unaware of your lawsuit before you contacted me (at my Writer Beware email address) two weeks ago. I’ll be interested to follow your progress. I have to echo Ann’s caution about being careful with whom you associate yourself. If you’re looking for allies, The Write Agenda is a dubious one to choose. Any overtures it may have made toward you are intended to further its own agenda–to discredit Ann and others who warn about scams in the book publishing world–not to help you with your cause.(Emphasis added.)

Again, avoiding Victoria Strauss’ attempt to discredit The Write Agenda, Mr. Mathew put the smack-down on Victoria Strauss as well:

My website disneylawsuit.com details many things including how Disney has engaged in additional corrupt acts with which to make it seem that my supernatural pirate story, characters and fictional inventions are part of their Pirates of the Caribbean ride attraction. For example my pirate ship is the Black Pearl, owned by the eccentric pirate, while the pirate ship in the Pirates of the Caribbean ride attraction (for over thirty years) is the Wicked Wench owned by a generic captain pirate. Yet Disney is instructing those hired by them to make it suddenly owned by an eccentric pirate, and that the Wicked Wench was later burned, sunk, raised and renamed the Black Pearl. Yes, I am naturally angry to see my creative work stolen (via Ted Elliott, Terry Rossio & condoned by Michael Eisner) exploited, used and credited to others. Meanwhile via Jason Surrell, Marty Sklar and others, Disney is doing various things with which to help them obscure the facts/truth behind the origins of the supernatural pirate story / characters / fictional inventions (which I own). Johnny Depp / his sister (his partner/manager) could have sent an assistant or attorney to review all of the documents but he didn’t. Instead he is profiting without showing any concern whatsoever. Meanwhile Ann Crispin and others are also profiting – and if they don’t know about it, then now they do. No doubt that Ann Crispin is an experience author – however, as I have stated – she as others, have a choice – which is to either ignore the documented facts as they (directly or indirectly) aided and continue to profit from Disney’s criminal actions – or they can do something positive about it and demand answers.(Emphasis added.)

We, The Write Agenda, applaud Royce Mathew for staying on topic, avoiding Ann “A.C.” Crispin’s and Victoria Strauss’ vile attempt to cloud the issues, and for forcing Ann “A.C.” Crispin and Victoria Strauss face the facts of his plight. Ann “A.C.” Crispin and Victoria Strauss both have a history of ignoring documented facts (Click here):

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


What is most interesting is how defensive and caustic these weinerdogs become whenever you question a relative point that involves them. Ann “A.C.” Crispin called The Write Agenda a “hate site.” We’ve spent considerable time reviewing all of our postings and have yet to find one that could even remotely be construed as hate speech. Presumably, if you disagree or challenge Ann “A.C.” Crispin, and her fellow weinerdogs, including Victoria Strauss, it’s interpreted as hate speech. So, we challenge Ann “A.C.” Crispin to identify any of our postings that can prove her statement that The Write Agenda is in fact a “hate site.” We have challenged Ann “A.C.” Crispin and her fellow weinerdogs in the past . . .  they never reply; especially when they have been caught with their pants down. Bring it on Ann “A.C.” Crispin . . .  there’s always an open door here. Victoria Strauss has never replied to our requests to prove her claims against American Book Publishing . . . never!

Victoria Strauss stated that aligning one’s self with The Write Agenda is a “dubious” choice and only serves to further the agenda of The Write Agenda. In reply, we cannot think of two individuals that have used their positions to propagate more hate than Ann “A.C.” Crispin and Victoria Strauss. We would be remiss to fail to include other weinerdogs including James D. Macdonald and Teresa Nielsen Hayden in this mix of hateful people.  Their cultish sites are nothing more than recruiting and training grounds for dilettante authors, failing authors and “flying monkeys”  that are encouraged to proliferate their hate messages (Click here) via Google bombs (if you need examples, contact us).

Since we question the activities and reporting of the weinerdogs, Victoria Strauss wants to label us “dubious” or that we are “not to be relied upon.” Of all of the weinerdogs Victoria Strauss has proven herself to be the most “dubious” (i.e. not to be relied upon). For example, Victoria Strauss and her accomplice Ann “A.C.”Crispin have placed American Book Publishing on their (Writer Beware) “Thumbs Down” list and stated that American Book Publishing “has been the subject of “at least one police investigation.”  The Write Agenda, through “extensive documentation,” has in fact proven that this claim by Victoria Strauss is false (click here). For more information on Victoria Strauss and her possible motives against American Book Publishing, click here. Obviously, the reputation and integrity of Victoria Strauss’ reporting has been seriously called into question.

In conclusion, Victoria Strauss has remained silent regarding the findings and challenges to her credibility raised by The Write Agenda. Normally, most people and companies will respond quickly with a response when reputations are challenged. However, she has basically stuck her head in the sand hoping that our findings, i.e. that American Book Publishing was never the subject of a “police investigation,”  will simply pass.

Victoria Strauss will continue to be a blemish on the “watchdog” community until she can either: 1) admit or deny that  her actions against American Book Publishing were in retaliation to her attempt to get on the payroll of American Book Publishing; 2) admit or deny that these postings were the result of her following up on a threat to post a false report; and/or 3) admit or deny the veracity of the statements made against American Book Publishing. Until this can happen, Victoria Strauss will no longer be considered an effective “watchdog.” In fact, the lies and disingenuousness have reduced Victoria Strauss to a “weinerdog” that deserves a kennel at Anthony Weiner’s “House of Deceit.” It’s simple, the publishing community (authors, agents, publishers, etc.)  needs to rise up and force and compel Victoria Strauss to take responsibility for her claims against American Book Publishing. 

This is your call to action. Write to Victoria. Write to her publishers. Write to the officers of the Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers of America (SFWA). Post the link to this article on your websites and blogs. If Victoria Strauss continues to remain silent, she will leave 1000′s of authors speculating about her credibility as a “watchdog.” Victoria Strauss’ silence and selective use of research material leads a reasonable person to conclude that Victoria Strauss is a liar with a hidden agenda. As a result, she has damaged her own reputation.

The Write Agenda is a “hate site” and “dubious,” seriously? Ann “A.C.” Crispin, Victoria Strauss prove it. We will continue to question the weinerdogs (Ann “A.C.” Crispin, Victoria Strauss et. al.) until they have the ovarian (testicular) fortitude to come clean and admit their short comings to all of us. Most importantly, Ann “A.C.” Crispin and Victoria Strauss both need to admit that they have lied regarding their reporting that American Book Publishing was the subject of a police investigation.

References

“Is Ann “A.C.” Crispin Perpetuating and Assisting Disney with the Theft and Exploitation of Another’s Creative Work? Pirates Of The Caribbean: Price Of Freedom . . . Infringement? « The Write Agenda.” The Write Agenda. Web. 23 July 2011. <https://thewriteagenda.wordpress.com/2011/07/12/is-ann-a-c-crispin-perpetuating-and-assisting-disney-with-the-theft-and-exploitation-of-anothers-creative-work-pirates-of-the-caribbean-price-of-freedom-infrindgement/&gt;.

 “Victoria Strauss (Amherst, MA)’s Review of Pirates of the Caribbean: The Price of Freedom.” Share Book Recommendations With Your Friends, Join Book Clubs, Answer Trivia. Web. 23 July 2011. <http://www.goodreads.com/review/show/147395560&gt;.

“Victoria Strauss (Amherst, MA)’s Review of Pirates of the Caribbean: The Price of Freedom.” Share Book Recommendations With Your Friends, Join Book Clubs, Answer Trivia. Web. 23 July 2011. <http://www.goodreads.com/review/show/147395560?utm_medium=email&gt;.

Atlanta Nights: The Funding Struggle Continues

In A.C. Crispin, Accountability, Atlanta Nights, Credibility, Crispin, Filmmaker, Goy's Law, James D. MacDonald, Propaganda, Publish America, Publishers, Publishing, Rachael Saltzman, Reputation, Reputation Management, Travis Tea, Victoria Strauss on June 3, 2011 at 3:29 am

“We’re not currently seeking donations, though many thanks to those who’ve asked. We’re currently trying to go through more traditional channels, and we’ll see what happens there.”

Rachael Saltzman

Seriously??? Does it seem like waiting to “see what happens” is a statement of confidence? Ok, we’re “traditional” investors. The number one question is: What’s the projected return on investment (ROI)? It is going to produce a profit . . . right?

Rachael, no one cares! This is an epic failure. Have you figured that out yet? Have you not even noticed that James D. Macdonald, Victoria Strauss and Ann “A.C.”  Crispin failed to financially support this self-serving endeavor? It’s nothing more than a pitiable literary masturbation get-together. Yet, they overwhelmingly take credit for it. How much longer will you suckle the breasts of these self-serving “watchdogs”? You are being used. It’s time to start thinking about saving your career and investing your talents elsewhere.

References

Saltzman, Rachael. “Atlanta Nights: The Movie | Facebook.” Welcome to Facebook – Log In, Sign Up or Learn More. 1 June 2011. Web. 02 June 2011. <http://www.facebook.com/pages/Atlanta-Nights-The-Movie/146735932047093>.

More C.R.A.P. From Author, James D. Macdonald: Chutzpah, Simply Chutzpah!

In A.C., A.C. Crispin, Absolute Write, Accountability, Amazon, Amazon Rankings, Amazon Sales Rankings, Ann Crispin, Atlanta Nights, Authors, Credibility, Crispin, Filmmaker, Goy's Law, James D. MacDonald, Making Light, Money should flow toward the author, Mystery Writers of America, Professionalism, Propaganda, Publish America, Publishers, Publishing, Rachael Saltzman, Reputation, Reputation Management, Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers Association, Self-Publishing, SFWA, Travis Tea, Victoria Strauss, Writer Beware, Yog's Law on May 31, 2011 at 1:40 am

“ . . . From the fine folks who could have brought you Atlanta Nights (but lost the chance) . . . . In a surprise move that’s provoking derision from sea to shining sea, the guys who can’t sell your book to readers now want you to believe they can sell it to publishers. . . . “

James D. Macdonald

This quote by James D. Macdonald is demonstrative evidence of why every author needs to become a skeptic and why you need to utilize the C.R.A.P test. C.R.A.P. is an acronym for Currency, Reliability, Authority and Purpose and Point of View.

There are a couple of things here to take issue with. Did Publish America really miss an opportunity with Atlanta Nights (the book)? Not really. The book has a current Amazon Sales Ranking of 657,661. Few people (authors) are purchasing the book which is intended to assist the SFWA’s  Emergency Medical Fund. This book will never appeal to the general public and is nothing more than a self-serving endeavor and a pitiable literary masturbation get-together by it creators. Also, the funding for Atlanta Nights (the movie) failed to reach its goal. FACT: They were $18,702 shy of reaching their funding support. Also noteworthy,  James D. Macdonald and  his accomplices failed to publically contribute any financial support to this film project. However, Macdonald, Victoria Strauss and Ann “A.C.” Crispin all have heavily promoted the project. They all want the limelight but can’t kick in one shekel to support the efforts (Rachael Saltzman, filmmaker, are you feeling used yet?). This project has resulted in an epoch failure. The producers are scrambling and have had little to say on their website or Facebook page. Without the necessary “errors and omissions” insurance this project is tantamount to lawsuit bait.

While “Uncle Jim” [James D. Macdonald] claims that Publish America “can’t sell” an author’s book(s), his own Amazon Sales Rankings currently range from 50,962 – 7,572,732. Can you say chutzpah! Frankly, after a quick review, Publish America authors are kicking his New Hampshire-based toches. Many of whom have rankings as high as 32,016; 18,946 points ahead of James D. Macdonald. (Have you seen a James D. Macdonald book in a store?)

Authors don’t be fooled by this misleading propaganda. James D. Macdonald, in spite of his numerous published titles, is neither a house-hold name nor a New York Times best-selling author. Moreover, like his contemporaries, Ann Crispin and Victoria Strauss, James D. Macdonald relies on you to purchase his books and t-shirts. In addition, Yog’s Law, that James D. Macdonald authored, has created false expectations for new authors and is bursting with fallacies. These self-promotion efforts are off the chart and they exceed what one would normally expect from a “watchdog.” Have you noticed that on the Writer Beware site that Victoria Strauss and Ann Crispin both have links for you to purchase their books? (See the links on the right.) This site is “sponsored by the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America with additional support from the Mystery Writers of America,” both non-profit organizations. Can you say inurement? Chutzpah, Simply Chutzpah!

References

“Making Light.” Patrick & Teresa Nielsen Hayden. 29 May 2011. Web. 30 May 2011. <http://nielsenhayden.com/makinglight/&gt;.

SFWA Treasurer, Amy Sterling Casil, Announces Utilization of “Atlanta Nights” Proceeds

In Amazon Rankings, Amazon Sales Rankings, Amy Sterling Casil, Atlanta Nights, Credibility, Filmmaker, Making Light, Propaganda, Rachael Saltzman, Reputation, Reputation Management, Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers Association, SFWA, Travis Tea on May 25, 2011 at 9:59 pm

Amy Sterling Casil, Treasurer, of the Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers of America (SFWA), recently stated on a Making Light posting : “Just wanted to point up the fact that the Atlanta Nights proceeds so far have gone to the Emergency Medical Fund. That’s worth about 100,000 defamatory nattering nabobs.”

FACT: Atlanta Nights (the book) has a current Amazon Sales Ranking of 847,062. The book was published in 2005. If an Amazon Sales Ranking of 1,000,000 equates to 3 copies sold every 500 days and there’s been approximately 2190 days since publication, just how much is “100,000 defamatory nattering nabobs” really worth? Well, that may buy a few boxes of band-aids.

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

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)

References

Making Light: The Write Agenda: The Wrong Company to Keep.” Patrick & Teresa Nielsen Hayden. Web. 25 May 2011. <http://nielsenhayden.com/makinglight/archives/012966.html>.

Updated – Pop Quiz on Yog’s Law

In A.C. Crispin, Absolute Write, Accountability, Ann Crispin, Atlanta Nights, Authors, Credibility, David L. Kuzminski, Filmmaker, Free e-book, Free ebook, James D. MacDonald, Mark Barrett, Money should flow toward the author, Preditors & Editors, Propaganda, Publishers, Publishing, Rachael Saltzman, Reputation, Reputation Management, Richard Tate, Travis Tea, Victoria Strauss, Yog's Law on April 21, 2011 at 5:51 pm

Money should flow toward the author” but not if:

a)     Your book is published through non-traditional means as an investment in anticipation of a return on the investment.

b)    You are donating to the Preditor & Editor/Dave Kuzminski Legal Defense Fund

c)     You are purchasing Crispin, MacDonald or Strauss books.

d)    You are purchasing the “Atlanta Nights” book.

e)     You are donating to the “Atlanta Nights” film project.

f)      You are buying “Yog’s LawT-shirts and memorabilia.

g)     You are buying “Atlanta Nights” T-shirts and memorabilia.

h)     You are paying $1000 to Deborah Doyle (Yog’s Wife) for a critique and line-edit your novel.

h)     All of the above.

”Money can flow in any direction you want, but it’s your job to know where every penny goes and what you’re getting for those pennies.”

–  Mark Barrett

“A few years ago an individual created out of thin air a concept he called “Yog’s Law.” I have no idea who “Yog” is or what planet he may be from but just like Superman there is “kryptonite” in this concept and that “kryptonite” is the facts. His over-simplistic “Money always flows to the writer” is his central argument. The problem with that concept is that he makes it sound like a movie script. Write a book, ask mom how good she thinks it is, send it to a publisher, they take it and make you a millionaire while you sit at home and watch TV. Of course writers should make money for their work, but the premise that they will never have to spend money if they publish, promote or market their books is incredibly naïve.”

– Richard Tate

“Author and publishing watchdog James D. MacDonald has in times gone by proclaimed that ”Money should flow toward the author,” better known as Yog’s Law. In today’s day and age this law holds true if, and only if, an author is traditionally published.”

– The Write Agenda

Money flows to the author? . . . . Sure, J.K. Rowling and James Patterson are multi-millionaires, but they have each cranked out several books, have movie deals, and have to sell an incredible volume of books. They are in the extreme minority, of which I am certain Mr. Yog’s Law is not a member.”

– Richard Tate

“The current publishing business model which relies on advances against royalties and the consignment method of selling cannot be sustained. A robust publishing industry is good for the reader. Yog’s law is not immutable. Writing is a creative act but selling one’s writing and making a living off one’s writing is a business act.” (Emphasis Added).

 – http://www.dearauthor.com

“A mainstream publisher traditionally assumes the risk of publication and production costs, selects the works to be published, edits the author’s text, and provides for marketing and distribution, provides the ISBN and satisfies whatever legal deposit and copyright registration formalities are required. Such a publisher normally pays the author a fee, called an advance, for the right to publish the author’s work; and further payments, called royalties, based on the sales of the work. This led to James D. Macdonald‘s . . .  dictum, “Money should always flow toward the author” (sometimes called Yog’s Law).”

 – Anonymous

Yog’s Law is very simple: Money flows toward the author. For commercial publishing, this is absolutely true. Once you’ve moved away from it, you’re out of the realm of commercial publishing.” (Emphasis added)

James D. Macdonald

 References

Barrett, Mark Barrett. “The New Money Flow.” Ditchwalk: Storytelling in the Digital Age. N.p., n.d. Web. 21 Apr. 2011. <www.ditchwalk.com/2009/12/01/the-new-money-flow>.

“Dispelling the Myth Behind Yog’s Law: The Fallacies with the Flow of Money to Authors « The Write Agenda.” The Write Agenda. N.p., n.d. Web. 21 Apr. 2011. <https://thewriteagenda.wordpress.com/2011/04/19/dispelling-the-myth-behind-yog%E2%80%99s-law-the-fallacies-with-the-flow-of-money-to-authors/&gt;.

James D. Macdonald.” Wikipedia, the Free Encyclopedia. Web. 19 Apr. 2011. <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/James_D._Macdonald>.

MacDonald, James D.. “Learn Writing with Uncle Jim, Volume 2 – Page 63 – Absolute Write Water Cooler.” Absolute Write. N.p., n.d. Web. 21 Apr. 2011. <http://www.absolutewrite.com/forums/showthread.php?p=6056820#post6056820&gt;.

” Publishing Business Models.”Dear Author. N.p., n.d. Web. 21 Apr. 2011. <http://dearauthor.com/ebooks/books-as-a-business/&gt;.

“Tate Publishing of Oklahoma: TATE PUBLISHING AND THE FACTS ABOUT “YOG’S LAW“.”Tate Publishing of Oklahoma. N.p., n.d. Web. 21 Apr. 2011. <http://tatepublishingacquisitions.blogspot.com/2011/04/tate-publishing-and-facts-about-yogs.html&gt;.

“Vanity press.” Vanity press. N.p., n.d. Web. 21 Apr. 2011. <http://vanity-press.co.tv/&gt;.

The Write Agenda: The Right Company to Keep

In A.C. Crispin, Absolute Write, Accountability, American Book Publishing, Ann Crispin, Atlanta Nights, Authors, Credibility, David L. Kuzminski, Filmmaker, Free e-book, Free ebook, Investigations, James D. MacDonald, Making Light, Preditors & Editors, Professionalism, Propaganda, Publish America, Publishers, Publishing, Rachael Saltzman, Reputation, Reputation Management, Robert Fletcher, Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers Association, Self-Publishing, SFWA, Strategic Book Group, Teresa Nielsen Hayden, The Right Company to Keep, The Write Company to Keep, Travis Tea, Victoria Strauss, Writer Beware, Yog's Law on April 20, 2011 at 7:05 pm

“When you have the facts on your side, argue the facts. When you have the law on your side, argue the law. When you have neither, holler.” – Al Gore

There is nothing more satisfying to log on to the internet and discover that you’ve been acknowledged by Making Light’s Moderator, Teresa Nielsen Hayden. In defense mode, Hadyen posted an article that stated that The Write Agenda “has been taking potshots at Victoria Strauss, Ann Crispin, our own Jim Macdonald, Absolute Write, Writer Beware, Preditors and Editors, SFWA,  Atlanta Nights, and other entities . . . .” In addition, while encouraging writers to avoid our company, she portrays our postings as “attacks” and that we are somehow affiliated with Robert Fletcher of The Literary Agent Group or C. Lee Nunn of American Book Publishing. The postings in response to her article are the typical propaganda retorts that reek of Ad hominem. Instead of addressing the arguments that we’ve posed, they want to make it personal calling us “cockroaches” and that our approach is somewhat akin to tactics utilized by the Church of Scientology[tm].

Firstly, we would not classify our postings as “potshots” or “attacks” on these individuals or entities. We’ve merely posted questions and requested proofs on some of their claims. For example, “American Book Publishing has been the focus of at least one police investigation.” Just because Victoria Strauss and the SFWA said it (or posted it) doesn’t necessarily mean that it’s true. Historically, these individuals have provided proofs and vetted their claims. In this particular instance, regarding American Book Publishing, they are devoid of any substantive proofs. Any reasonable man would question such postings that lack primary source material to back them up. Secondly, as a matter of record, we are neither affiliated with Robert Fletcher and American Book Publishing nor are we collaborating in concert with them. Thirdly, we do not engage in self-promotion, encourage the purchase of our works or request donations.

It’s interesting to note that whenever an individual or entity questions the veracity of the watchdogs the response, by the minions, resembles those of “The Flying Monkeys” in The Wizard of Oz . . . obeying and protecting those in the hierarchy. Also, you are most likely to be called a “troll” or a “sock puppet.” These kinds of monkeys can be found on various internet sites and frequently engage in propaganda strategies that fail to address the issue at hand and are nothing more than baseless attacks. Resorting to personal attacks in lieu of addressing the real issues only furthers speculation and questions their own credibility. Moreover, the request for Victoria Strauss and the SFWA to personally admit, deny and prove the existence of a “police report” regarding American Book Publishing is a fair and reasonable question. Until Victoria Strauss and the SWFA break their silence, start fending for themselves and stop relying on “The Flying Monkeys” to continue to cloud the issues, the veracity of the claim that American Book Publishing was the subject of a “police investigation” will remain a blemish on their legitimacy. There isn’t any facts, there is no law (or police report) so keep hollering . . . that’s what Flying Monkeys do. It would be more legitimate to use this energy in a positive manner to compel Victoria Strauss and the SFWA to prove their claims or admit that they were fabricated stories; to continue to leave this issue open on the table is an insult to all parties in the publishing industry.

We graciously welcome your continued company. Writers, never stop questioning or demanding answers.

“For when even when your enemy acknowledges you exist . . . therein validity exists.”

– Anonymous

The Write Agenda has been following Making Light bloggers and commenters who have Twitter accounts. Patrick and I blocked them when we found them in our followers list. If you find them in your own list, do whatever amuses you most.

They’ve also posted a string of new blog entries denouncing me, Jim Macdonald, Yog’s Law, Ann Crispin, and other usual suspects, and an open letter to SFWA in which they misspell multiple names, grossly misquote Jim Macdonald and Robin Bailey, and demand that SFWA discipline, expel, and repudiate Ann Crispin, Victoria Strauss, and Jim Macdonald in order to preserve SFWA’s good name.

They do get one thing right, probably by accident: they point out that there’s an element of the argument ad hominem in my own remarks about the [sic] Write Agenda. That’s true! There is! And furthermore, it’s valid! There’s a long history of bad behavior on both their parts that tells us that if Robert Fletcher and/or C. Lee Nunn are associated with a project, prudent writers shouldn’t touch it with a ten-foot pole.”

Teresa Nielsen Hayden

For more information click on the following links:

Letter to the Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers of America

 UPDATED: 04/08/11 Facebook Exchange with “Atlanta Nights” Filmmaker, Rachael Saltzman

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

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

Facebook Exchange with “Atlanta Nights” Filmmaker, Rachael Saltzman

 Florida Attorney General vs. Strategic Book Group: Lack of Evidence?

 How Pathetic Can Preditors & Editors David L. Kuzminski Be?

Cretella v. David L. Kuzminski (Preditors and Editors)

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

  “. . . [W]hen you sit in front of the blank screen and wonder if what you write will be good enough for the flying monkeys: Remember. You can never write well enough for the flying monkeys. And you don’t have to. Just write well enough to create that ecstatic sense of thunder on the keyboard, the rush of living large that comes from telling a story told with passion, not perfection. That keyboard thunder, that rage as you tear through a story with bliss and compassion and pathos and energy? It scares the flying monkeys. It scares them. It makes them cry big monkey tears. It’s why they hate you in the first place. (Emphasis Added).

–       Thomas Roche

 References

 “Fallacy: Ad Hominem.” Holocaust Educational Resource. Web. 20 Apr. 2011. <http://www.nizkor.org/features/fallacies/ad-hominem.html&gt;.

 Monkeys, Flying. “How to Get Kicked In the Balls By Flying Monkeys and Not Fuck Up Your Lipstick | Write Sex.” Write SEX – The Definitive Guide to Writing Erotica. Web. 20 Apr. 2011. <http://www.writesex.net/?p=121&gt;.

“ProxyWhore.” Untitled Document. 28 Oct. 2010. Web. 26 Apr. 2011. <http://www.proxywhore.com/invboard/index.php?showtopic=215657&gt;.

 Teresa Nielsen Hayden, Teresa. “Making Light: The Write Agenda: The Wrong Company to Keep.”Making Light. 19 Apr. 2011. Web. 20 Apr. 2011. <http://nielsenhayden.com/makinglight/archives/012966.html&gt;.

“When You Have the Facts on Your Side, Argue the Facts. When You Have the Law on Your Side, Argue the Law. When You Have Neither, Holler. by Al Gore.” Famous Quotes at QuoteDB – Interactive Database of Famous Quotations. Web. 20 Apr. 2011. <http://www.quotedb.com/quotes/3806&gt;.

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“Atlanta Night’s” Filmmaker Refuses to Release Financial and Funding Information

In Accountability, Atlanta Nights, Authors, Filmmaker, Investigations, Propaganda, Publish America, Rachael Saltzman, Reputation, Reputation Management, Travis Tea on April 9, 2011 at 12:10 pm

 

“Atlanta Nights,” Shane Moore States that The Abyss Walker team supports this film!

In Atlanta Nights, Filmmaker, Rachael Saltzman, Travis Tea on April 9, 2011 at 4:45 am

Shane Moore stated the that the following individuals are supporting the “Atlanta Nights” project. However, the fundraising site has remained unchanged:

Writers:
Shane Moore
Paul Genesse
Sean Taylor
Bobby Nash
Stephen Zimmer
Jon Klement
Roy C Booth

Artists:
Terry Naughton
Dan Brannan
Dan Harding
Ravenwolf Studios
Kendall Hart
Billy Tackett
James Hill
Katy DeHay

And Actors:
Matt Hill
Pete Koch
Ari Lehman
Peter Mayhew