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Interview: Author Anna Mara

In Amazon, Amazon Rankings, Amazon Sales Rankings, Anna Mara, annamara.com, Author, Best Sellers, Bestsellers, Book Reviews, Canadian Author, Canadian Authors, e-books, ebooks, Her Perfect Revenge, HIROMI KOBAYASHI, Interviews, Kindle, New York Times, New York Times Best Sellers, Ohzora Publishing, Recommended Author, Recommended Authors, Recommended Book, Recommended Books, Self-Publish, Self-Published, Self-Publishing, The Write Agenda, Why Romeo Hates Juliet on December 30, 2011 at 4:25 pm

“. . . Just keep writing and keep at it.  Listen to your heart.  Do what you love.  And don’t let anyone stop you.  There’s enough room in the marketplace for all artists.”

Author, Anna Mara

Anna Mara has two books on The Write Agenda’s Author Watch – Best Sellers List. For 12 weeks in a row (from June 15, 2011 to September 3, 2011), Anna Mara’s Her Perfect Revenge  – (Outskirts Press) was listed as #1 on our Best Sellers List. This month she released a new book, Why Romeo Hates Juliet (a romantic comedy about living next door to a movie star!), which is currently making its way up the charts.

The Write Agenda was fortunate to have the opportunity to have a Q & A with this amazing self-published author and book marketing maven. This is truly developing into another great success story and demonstrates the right mindset that authors need to have that choose to not go the “traditional” way.

 

TWA: Where are you from? Tell us about yourself.

Anna: I live in Toronto, Canada and am a Canadian, born & bred.  I’ve been writing for a few years now and I originally was writing screenplays before switching to novels.  When you’re crafting a story for film, you’re really writing a blueprint that will be translated into the end product which is a movie.  And before your vision is turned into a film, it has to go through a lot of different hands who all interpret the material differently and then who eventually take it to an audience.  It’s a very collaborative medium.  But when you’re writing a book, that is your end product and you’re in control.  When you’ve finished it, you’ve got something tangible… a book that’s yours and that you can take directly to your readers yourself.  That to me is exciting… that I can create a story and have that direct relationship with my fans.  There’s no middleman.

TWA: Tell us your latest news?

Anna: HER PERFECT REVENGE was my first novel and I’m happy to say that it’s done very well.  As of this writing, I’ve sold over 60,000 copies and it stayed on the Top 100 Amazon Kindle Bestsellers List for over 3 months.  It was very exciting to see it climb the charts and the best ranking it had was #43 out of over 750,000 Kindle products for sale.  I still can’t believe that all those people bought it and have read my work.  I’m really so thankful for each and every one of them that took a chance on me.  I recently released my second book, titled WHY ROMEO HATES JULIET.  It’s another romantic comedy about a stressed-out writer named Juliet who travels to a beach house for some rest and finds a loud, partying movie star named Romeo Boyd living next door.  The two clash, of course and the war between them keeps escalating until one day, Juliet accidentally shoots him.  When he comes to, she is horrified to discover that he has developed amnesia and believes that she is his wife.  But he doesn’t really!  He’s just faking it in order to pay her back and make her life hell.  Of course, the two end up falling madly in love with each other along the way!  LOL! I had tons of fun writing it and I hope my readers will like this one too.  As soon as this book is released, I need to buckle down and start writing Book #3 which I already have simmering in my brain.  It’s going to be another romantic comedy peopled with a lot of immature characters who do stupid things to each other and who learn some big lessons at the end.  That’s what all of my books really are about; and that’s why they’re so much fun to write and hopefully so much fun to read for my audience.

TWA: When and why did you begin writing?

Anna: Some years ago, I read a book by Lew Hunter titled ‘Screenwriting 434’. There was just something about that book; whether it was Lew’s enthusiasm for his craft or the way he made it all sound so like so much fun… I don’t know… but I thought to myself, ‘This sounds like something I’d like to do, write a screenplay.”  So I did… and I loved it!  I loved thinking up ideas and plotting my story and then sitting down to eventually write it.  I enjoyed the process from a to z; and I knew this was for me, this writing thing.  It just felt right.  I loved it, loved it, loved it.  And it’s not ‘work’ when you do something that you love.

TWA: When did you first consider yourself a writer?

Anna: The first moment I considered myself a true writer was the day I got the call telling me that I’d been accepted into a very prestigious film school in Toronto where they only take 8 writers from across Canada each year.  Writing wasn’t something that I was just doing at home, sitting in front of the computer screen anymore—there were actually professionals in the industry who believed in my potential.  Let me tell you… it was an exhilarating moment for me and I felt like a ‘writer’ for the first time.

TWA: What inspired you to write your first book?

Anna: Frustration.  I’d been focusing on a screenwriting career for awhile and nothing was happening.  I’d had one of my scripts optioned by an LA production company and I’d also managed to get a big time NYC agent, but everything was just stalling for me.  Things were not moving forward.  That’s when I thought to myself, ‘Why don’t I do something different and try writing a novel instead?’  I decided to take one of my screenplays and turn that into a book and that’s how HER PERFECT REVENGE was born.  And as I began writing it, I discovered that I loved this format even more than working on a script.  You can just do so much more with your characters and story.

TWA: Do you have a specific writing style?

Anna: I think I do have a unique writing voice and a different bent at looking at story and characters that’s all my own.  I love a lot of dialogue and a lot of plot.  Sometimes I’m not as descriptive as I could be but I really do want my readers to form their own visuals of my characters and what’s happening in the narrative because it’s more fun that way.

TWA: How did you come up with the title?

Anna: I love coming up with titles and I usually do it before I even start writing the book.  It gives me a kind of focus in my work.  I knew that I definitely wanted the word ‘revenge’ in the title because that’s my main character’s mission in the story and then the rest of it, ‘Her Perfect’ just came to me.  My heroine, Christina thinks she’s so smart and in her mind, there’s absolutely nothing that can go wrong with ‘her perfect revenge’ plot that she’s concocted.  Of course, things don’t quite work out for her the way she thinks they will.  LOL!

TWA: Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?

Anna: I love that you asked me this question!  Yes, yes, yes, there are actually three messages in my story.  First off… don’t seek revenge on anybody.  Just don’t… no matter how good it’ll make you feel or how badly you think they deserve it… just don’t.   It’s always wrong.  You’ll end up paying for your actions one way or another and it won’t be pleasant.  I don’t want to spoil it for anybody who hasn’t read it but let’s just say that things don’t go as smoothly for Christina as she thinks they will.  There’s also a second message in the book and that is that when we truly understand someone else (why they are the way they are and where they’re coming from), we can’t hate them anymore and maybe we can even grow to love them.  And the third message is about second chances.  We all deserve them, no matter what we’ve done.  My hero, Bill is trying to turn his life around after a lifetime of alcoholism and even though he’s done many mean, stupid, drunken things in the past, he’s sorry and trying to set things right… and there’s always a time for that.

TWA: How much of the book is realistic?

Anna: Zero.  LOL!  It’s a romantic comedy and it’s supposed to be silly and fun and outrageous; but the emotions that I’m writing about are real as are the core issues that the characters are dealing with.

TWA: Are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?

Anna: Nope!  It’s all totally fabricated out of my imagination but as I’ve said, the emotions are real.  We’ve all been there where we may have tried to get revenge on someone who did something mean to us or hated someone because we didn’t understand them.  And how many times have we ourselves wanted a second chance to right a wrong or apologize for something we did to someone?  Or how about the times when we’ve wanted to change our lives around for the better because we realize that we were on the wrong path?

TWA: What books have most influenced your life most?

Anna: I’d have to say Lew Hunter’s book, ‘Screenwriting 434’ was a HUGE inspiration to me, as I’ve mentioned.  And as for other romance authors, I’d have to say Sandra Brown and Judith McNaught, even though they don’t write romantic comedy like I do.  Really, they are the queens of romance in my opinion.

TWA: If you had to choose, which writer would you consider a mentor?

Anna: Again, Sandra Brown & Judith McNaught—both.  My writing style is completely different from theirs but the passion & heat they generate between their pages is incredible and I can only hope, one day, to emulate them.  You can just feel the emotions so strongly between their characters when you read their books; and their story plotting is always full of twists & turns.  They are both amazing writers.

TWA: What book are you reading now?

Anna: I actually read a lot of non-fiction when I’m writing.  I just don’t want any fiction book that I’m reading potentially influence what I’m creating in my own novel and so when I’m working on a new project, I try to stay away from that.  In between writing books, I’ll pick up the latest romance novels.  And I’ll read those from the perspective of a reader and not as a writer.  I want to be entertained and escape into somebody else’s fantasy world for awhile too, just like everybody else!

TWA: What are your current projects?

Anna: As I’ve mentioned, my second book, WHY ROMEO HATES JULIET has been released and I’m also working on my third book which will be another romantic comedy in the same vein.  I hope to release that one sometime in 2012.  Also, HER PERFECT REVENGE is being turned into a Japanese manga comic novel for that market over there and is being drawn by a very talented illustrator named, HIROMI KOBAYASHI.  I’ve uploaded some of her preliminary work on my blog at authorannamara.wordpress.com if anyone would like to take a look.  The completed manga will be released by Ohzora Publishing.  I’m very excited to see the final book.

TWA: Do you see writing as a career?

Anna: Oh, very much so.  I’ve been doing this for a while now and I love it.  This is definitely a career choice for me.

TWA: If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?

Anna: I wouldn’t change anything about the story or characters in HER PERFECT REVENGE but I would have had the book edited a few more times before publishing it.  I did get complaints from some readers about the editing and yes, they were valid.  But as independent authors, we really do try our best and we just don’t have the resources that a publishing house would have.  Their books can go through 5 different editors before publishing and mistakes still crop up in them.  I’m having my latest book, WHY ROMEO HATES JULIET edited by 2 different professional editors this time and it will go through 3 major edits.  Hopefully, all of my boo-boos will be caught and corrected.  I really do want to please my fans and put out the best book I possibly can.

TWA: Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing?

Anna: I would say writing for male characters.  It’s a pet peeve of mine when I’m reading a book written by a woman author and a male character will say something that makes you think to yourself, ‘a man would never say that!’  Men just think differently from women and your writing has to reflect that.  Their speech patterns are different too, including the words they choose and what they say.  And the way they speak is even different still when they’re talking to other men with no women present.  You have to write for that.  I’m always conscious of this because I want my male characters to sound like men.

TWA: Who designed the covers?

Anna: The new covers were all designed by Kim at www.hotdamndesigns.com.  She is an amazing talent and I am honored that she’s done them for me.  She was also a breeze to work with.  After we discussed what I wanted, the first drafts that she created were approved by me immediately.  They were perfect and I didn’t even change one thing!  I will definitely be working with her again for all of my future books.  Book covers are very important and it’s a must for me that the outside of the book reflects what’s on the inside; and that they also reflect my author’s vision for my stories.  I think Kim did just that for me for both covers.  I am so pleased!

TWA: What was the hardest part of writing your book?

Anna: Starting it!  LOL!  I have a terrible problem with procrastination when trying to begin a new book.  Once I start, I’m actually okay and very disciplined… but starting it?  Now that’s an issue!  I really have to force myself.

TWA: Did you learn anything from writing your book and what was it?

Anna: When I’m writing, it’s not so much what I’m learning but what I’m feeling.  I want to experience all of the emotions that my characters feel and I want to go on the same emotional rollercoaster ride that they go on.  And if I can do that for myself, then I know (or hope) that my readers can take that same ride too.  I want them to feel love & laughter & excitement & surprises & even a few tears along the way.  It’s just plain fun!

TWA: What led to your decision to self-publish? Did you try the “traditional” route first?

Anna: I did try the traditional route for a bit and when nothing concrete happened there, I decided to self-publish.  I created the paperback version first and then when Amazon allowed Canadian authors to upload their material to Kindle, that’s when things exploded for me.  At first sales were slow but every month they were climbing and improving.  Then I started playing with the different elements of my book, like changing the cover, adding to the title, playing with the story blurb on the Amazon book page, etc and I saw an immediate improvement in sales after that too.  I finally decided to take the plunge and drop my price from $2.99 to 0.99, and that’s when things really took off.  My sales just soared.  I think when you’re a new, untried author, a reader will think twice about spending $2.99 or higher on your book but at 0.99, they’re willing to take a chance on you.  I mean what are they going to lose??  0.99??  And even that is refundable within 7 days from Amazon if they don’t really like the book.  So I found that sales took off after that and a lot more people were willing to try out my book and writing style.  And that’s how I started building my fan base.  Readers try you out, like you and wait for your next book to come out.

TWA: There’s many author blogs on the internet that warn writers, like you, regarding the pitfalls of self-publishing. Did these sites have any bearing or impact on your choices? Do you spend any time monitoring these sites?

Anna: They had no impact on me at all.  Yes… I did scan them, trying to pick up pointers here & there; but really, when all is said and done, I do what I want.  I make my own decisions and I always listen to my own heart.  If there’s something I want to do and it feels right, I do it.  No one and nothing will stop me.

TWA: What has been your marketing strategy? Can you comment on why you have been successful and why other authors fail?

Anna: I hate to say this but for my first book, HER PERFECT REVENGE, I didn’t really have a marketing strategy.  First off, I was writing in a genre (romance) that is very popular to begin with.  Readers are always looking for that next best romance novel.  I also did get some terrific reviews from a few book bloggers like… A Tale of Many Reviews, Angel-On-A-Move, Books Glorious Books & The Chicklit Club, which helped.  And I dropped my price on the book, which allowed readers to take a chance on me.  And then as the book climbed the charts, it created a cycle of sorts that fed on itself.  The higher my book climbed, the more visible it was; and the more visible it was, the higher it climbed.

TWA: Do you have any advice for other writers?

Anna: Just keep writing and keep at it.  Listen to your heart.  Do what you love.  And don’t let anyone stop you.  There’s enough room in the marketplace for all artists.

TWA: Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?

Anna: To all of my readers and all of the people who took the time to write to me and tell me how much you enjoyed HER PERFECT REVENGE, I just want to say, thank you, thank you, thank you from the bottom of my heart!  You’ll never even begin to know how much your words of encouragement, enthusiasm and passion for my work means to me.  It spurs me on to keep writing and hopefully with each book, I can keep entertaining you and keep getting better as a writer.  And most of all, please keep believing in Love.  I’m a hopeless romantic myself and I think it’s out there for all of us, even if we have to go through a lot of silliness sometimes to find it—just like all of my book characters do! LOL!

Thanks to The Write Agenda for giving me this opportunity! Thanks for the interview, I appreciate it!

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Interview: Author Melissa Foster

In 2011 Beach Book Festival Award Winner, Amazon, Amazon Rankings, amazon sales, Amazon Sales Rankings, Author, Author Watch, Authors, Awards, Best Sellers, Bestsellers, Book, books, CHASING AMANDA, Come Back To Me, e-books, ebooks, Interviews, Megan's Way, Megan's Way (2011 Beach Book Fe2010 Next Generation Indie Book Award Finalist, Melissa Foster, Publishing, Self-Publish, Self-Published, Self-Publishing, Women's Fiction, WoMen's Literary Cafe, Writers on November 29, 2011 at 4:45 pm

“… I would like to suggest that authors never give up. If you have a story you feel others will benefit from reading, then write it, no matter who tries to dissuade you.”

Author, Melissa Foster

 Author Melissa Foster has the very unique distinction of having not one but three books on The Write Agenda’s Author Watch – Best Sellers List. See: Best Sellers – November 19, 2011 (Click here) and Best Sellers – November 26, 2011 (Click here).  As of today, November 29, 2011, Come Back To MeChasing Amanda are both ranked #1 and #2. Megan’s Way is not far behind at #11. We expect her books to remain on The Write Agenda’s Author Watch – Best Sellers List for several weeks. Melissa’s historical (not hourly) Amazon Sales Rankings are worth noting:

Come Back to Me (Published October 11, 2011)

Current Rank 7-Day Average 30-Day Average 90-Day Average Lifetime Average Best Rank Worst Rank
103 65 57 57 57 37 112

Chasing Amanda (Published April 12, 2011)

Current Rank 7-Day Average 30-Day Average 90-Day Average Lifetime Average Best Rank Worst Rank
78 76 72 72 72 58 91

Megan’s Way (Published July 19, 2009)

Current Rank 7-Day Average 30-Day Average 90-Day Average Lifetime Average Best Rank Worst Rank
1,100 931 1,240 3,334 6,674 258 158,754

The Write Agenda was fortunate to have the opportunity to have a Q & A with this amazing self-published author and book marketing maven. This is truly developing into another great success story and demonstrates the right mindset that authors need to have that choose to not go the “traditional” way.

TWA: Where are you from? Tell us about yourself.

Melissa: I grew up in Rockville, Maryland, and have never strayed far from the area, although that’s been more by circumstance than design. I’m sister to six warm and talented brothers, daughter to an incredibly smart and generous mother, and mom to six wonderful children. I’m a wife, mom, author, and major brownie addict. The things that make me happy are the things that can’t be bought. I love to share happy thoughts and repel negativity like reverse polarity. Nothing shocks me and I find the good in most everyone.

TWA: Tell us your latest news?

Melissa: Biggest news?  I actually spent an entire 2 hours with my husband today with no one under 13 years old around us. Oh, you want book news? We’re about 18 months out from Megan’s Way becoming a film, and I’m knee deep in my fourth novel, Thirty-six Hours.

TWA: When and why did you begin writing?

Melissa: This sounds very cliché, but after setting my son down for a nap about 20 years ago, I was overcome with a pull toward pen and paper.

TWA: What inspired you to write your first book?

Melissa: When I wrote Megan’s Way, the story was driven by an incident with my mother. She’d had surgery and didn’t tell me that the doctors thought she had cancer, and if they’d have found cancerous cells, she wouldn’t have consented to treatments. That was 20 years ago, and treatments have, thankfully, come a long way. A year later, she told me the truth, and the memory festered for 15 years, until Megan’s Way was born.

Come Back to Me was born of my innermost fears the summer before my husband served a tour in Iraq, and Chasing Amanda blossomed from a mother’s worse fears—the abduction of a child.

TWA: Do you have a specific writing style?

Melissa: I’m a total pantzer. I write what I feel, and even when I try to outline, I don’t follow it very well. The ink leads and I follow.

TWA: What book are you reading now?

Melissa: I’m reading The Ophelia Trap, by Kate Burns, and its very good. I’m also rereading The Color Purple, by Alice Walker—a timeless masterpiece.

TWA: Name one entity that you feel supported you outside of family members?

Melissa: An entity? I’m not sure about an entity, but I have the full emotional support of the women I think of as my Nest sisters. The Women’s Nest is a social and support community that I founded a few years ago, and the women on the site have always been there for me, pulling me through the moments when I’m having difficulties, and cheering me on in my moments of excitement. I’ve also found tremendous support from my Twitter friends. That seems funny, I’m sure, but we’ve become such a social network world, that I don’t find it odd at all that many friends—and although we’ve never met, I do consider them friends—have been there to support me. It’s a wonderful universe that we live in, and I think the universe brings us those that we need in our lives.

TWA: Do you see writing as a career?

Melissa: I see writing as a gift, and a career. Even if I never make another penny off of writing, it’s a career I’m passionate about, one that is fulfilling on many levels, and one that allows me to give back. I feel very lucky and blessed to be a writer.

TWA: There’s many author blogs on the internet that warn writers, like you, regarding the pitfalls of self-publishing. Did these sites have any bearing or impact on your choices? Do you spend any time monitoring these sites?

Melissa: I don’t have time to monitor such sites, and I did not let any of those sites shape my decisions. We are in a very unique era in time for publishing. There are more opportunities for authors now than ever before. I tend to follow my own path and desires, and when I hear that I can’t do something, it only fuels the fire for me to work harder and prove that I can.

TWA: Do you have any advice for other writers?

Melissa: Yes, I would like to suggest that authors never give up. If you have story you feel others will benefit from reading, then write it, no matter who tries to dissuade you. Writing is a solitary and often lonely process (unless you’re like me and have conversations with your characters!). You need to write for you, not to satisfy others, or you’ll probably give up. It’s also vital that writers see their work as important and as a product. You should always produce the best product that you are able, even if it takes longer than you’d hoped, or costs more to produce. I firmly believe that every book in print should be professionally edited—not by a relative or family friend, but by a completely separate, professional editor who will not only copy edit, but content edit. I believe that we authors see the story that we believe we’ve written, rather than the words on the page. We see what we know to happen next, and it makes sense to us, we wrote it. Editors see books from a reader’s perspective. They don’t know where the book is headed or the backstory of the characters. Their eyes are fresh and they can quicken the pace and show where more depth is needed. It’s a pricey process, but very valuable. I feel we owe it to our readers to produce quality products. After all, we have one reputation, why take a chance at marring it?

TWA: Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?

Melissa: Thank you, readers, for taking the time to read my books and share them with others. I appreciate your faith in my writing. As a means of giving back to the literary community as a whole, I am developing the WoMen’s Literary Café, a literary community to whose purpose is to bridge the gap between readers and authors, and to promote great literature. We have several exciting events in December, including The Year of the Indie Celebration (Buy 3 eBooks and Get 1 Free), two book launches, and our New Release feature which brings books that were released last month to our readers. We’re giving away free books, bringing wonderful new authors and household names to readers, and generally having a wonderful time. I hope you’ll join us.

ABOUT MELISSA FOSTER

Melissa Foster is the bestselling, award-winning author of three novels, Megan’s Way, Chasing Amanda, and Come Back to Me. She has also been published in Indie Chicks, and anthology. She is the founder of the Women’s Nest, a social and support community for women, and the WoMen’s Literary Cafe, a cross-promotional site for authors, reviewers, bloggers, and readers. Melissa is currently collaborating in the film production of Megan’s Way, and hard at work on her next novel.

Melissa hosts an annual Aspiring Authors contest for children, she’s written for Calgary’s Child Magazine and Women Business Owners Magazine, and has painted and donated several murals to The Hospital for Sick Children in Washington, DC. Melissa lives in Maryland with her family. Melissa’s interests include her family, reading, writing, painting, friends, helping women see the positive side of life, and visiting Cape Cod.

Melissa is available to chat with book clubs and welcomes comments and emails from her readers. Visit Melissa on The Women’s Nest or her personal website.

Melissa’s interests include her family, reading, writing, painting, friends, helping women see the positive side of life, and visiting Cape Cod. A portion of every book sold is donated to Provincetown Cares.

Melissa enjoys discussing her books with book clubs and reader groups, and welcomes an invitation to your event.

Awards: 

Megan’s Way
2011 Beach Book Award Winner (Spirituality)
2011 Readers Favorite Awards, Winner (Fiction/Drama), Finalist (Women’s Fiction)
2010 Next Generation Indie Book Award Finalist (Spirituality)

Chasing Amanda
2011 Readers Favorite Awards, Winner (Paranormal), Finalist, (Women’s Fiction, Mystery)
2011 Dan Poynter’s Global eBook Awards, Winner, (Paranormal)
PUBLISHER’S MARKETPLACE: Melissa Foster

Member: Maryland Writers’ Association

Member: Independent Author Network

Member: RABMAD, Read a Book Make a Difference.

Link to Melissa Foster’s Books

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Interview: Heather Killough-Walden, Author of ‘Avenger’s Angel’ and e-book Phenom (Articles)

In Author, Author Watch, Authors, e-books, ebooks, Heather Killough-Walden, Interviews on October 31, 2011 at 2:05 pm

Interview: Heather Killough-Walden, author of ‘Avenger’s Angel’ and e-book phenom

 

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(Updated: 12/12/2011) Janrae Frank Comments Generate More “Smoke” than Substance to Shield Victoria Strauss and Writer Beware

In A.C. Crispin, Accountability, Amazon, Amazon Rankings, Amazon Sales Rankings, American Book Publishing, Ann "A.C." Crispin, Credibility, Crispin, defamatory, Disney, e-books, ebooks, Extortion, false information, foul mouth, Free e-book, grand jury investigation, Infringement, Interviews, Intimidation, Investigations, investigative journalist, Janrae Frank, Law Suits, lawsuits, libelous, News Tips, Pirates Of The Caribbean: Price Of Freedom, police investigation, police investigators, Preditors & Editors, privileged information, Professionalism, Propaganda, Publishers, Publishing, Reputation, Ripoff Report, Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers Association, Self-Publishing, SFWA, Sophronia Flex, The Write Agenda, ugly facts, Vanity, Vanity Press, Victoria Strauss, Watchdog, Writer Beware, Yog's Law on October 7, 2011 at 10:13 pm

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

The Write Agenda has not questioned the fact that Writer Beware has helped numerous individuals over time. They have without question. Somewhere along that positive history something has run afoul. The claim that “American Book Publishing has been the subject of at least one police investigation” is a primary example of how Writer Beware has forgotten its original mission and responsibility to provide true information.

Our demand, to force and compel Victoria Strauss, Ann “A.C.” Crispin and Writer Beware to produce substantiation of their claim that America Book Publishing “has been the subject of at least one police investigation” is hardly intimidation. So, authors, publishers and publishing industry professionals are just supposed to take Victoria Strauss, Ann “A.C.” Crispin and Writer Beware for their word? Without substantiation? Without verifiable proofs?

The real “intimidation” is the fact that Victoria Strauss, Ann “A.C.” Crispin and Writer Beware have posted this information, refuse to delete it and refuse to provide documentation that proves the claim. This is neither a grand jury investigation nor an investigative newspaper report. Both of these examples are not entitled to the protections of confidentiality and would be not be deemed privileged information; not to mention the fact that Victoria Strauss is not a professional investigative journalist and would not legally be permitted to claim these privileges to protect herself. The Write Agenda’s request has nothing to do with protecting police investigators. Police investigators could not remotely be claimed as “sources” as Janrae Frank would have you believe. Think about it, don’t individuals go “to” the investigators? Don’t “investigators” write police reports? Isn’t it not true that police reports are assigned incident numbers?

Contrary to Janrae Frank’s unfortunate “smoke screen,” the information contained within any “police investigation” is subject to discovery, available under the Freedom of Information Act, has an incident number and is not subject to any protections under the law (assuming that it actually exists). The fact here is that there never was a “police investigation” conducted against America Book Publishing. Victoria Strauss, Ann “A.C.” Crispin and Writer Beware know this and they cannot produce 1) an incident number; 2) what was American Book Publishing Investigated for; and 3) the name of the investigating police agency. This is true “intimation” and a it’s scam that has been perpetrated by Victoria Strauss, Ann “A.C.” Crispin and Writer Beware. Now, Janrae Frank has made the personal choice to attempt to deliberately cloud this further; that’s very unfortunate.

Janrae Frank, who is a well-respected American journalist, knows for a fact that “police investigations” are subject to discovery under the Freedom of Information; it is the most commonly used tool of any investigative reporter. Considering that Ms. Frank chose  to weigh in here, without any appreciation for the actual facts, it appears that she is more interested in participating in this viral controversy as a means to help her slumping book sales. Self-serving conduct? It appears to be. Her current Amazon Sales Rankings range from 315,555 to 3,405,977.  As an industry standard, an Amazon Sales Ranking of 100,000 equates to 1 copy every 5 days; 2,000,000 equates to 1 copy every 1000 days. (We’ll track this and see if her strategy works.)

Bottomline: A police “investigation” is not subject to non-disclosure privileges. The Write Agenda has contacted all of the agencies listed below. You will not find in any of their correspondence to us that “a good journalist learns early is to protect their sources” or that they were concerned that “if those names were made public, then the complainants would soon find themselves under siege from ABP.” The entire claim that “American Book Publishing has been the subject of at least one police investigation” is a lie and a fabrication perpetrated by Victoria Strauss, Ann “A.C.” Crispin and Writer Beware. The letters from these agencies may be viewed here.

If there was a “police investigation” wouldn’t The Write Agenda have received something from one of these agencies that stated the information is protected and not available under the Freedom of Information? Fact: The Write Agenda did not . . . most of the replies clearly state that there is no documentation of any “police investigation.”

Police agencies seek the truth and from our research, they have accomplished that. They have given The Write Agenda proof that American Book Publishing was never the “subject of at least one police investigation.”

Agencies Contacted:

Salt Lake City Police DepartmentPublic Safety
Building

315 East 200 South, SLC
(801) 799-3000Pioneer Precinct
1040 West 700 South
(801) 799-4600
http://www.slcpd.com/index.phpUtah Highway
PatrolFirst Floor – South

4501 South 2700 West
PO Box 141100
Salt Lake City, Utah 84114-1100
Administration: (801) 965-4518 (During Business
Hours)
http://publicsafety.utah.gov/highwaypatrol/index.html

Department of Public Safety Investigations Bureau
5500 West Amelia Earhart Drive, Suite #100
Salt Lake City, Utah 84116 – (801) 532-2168
http://publicsafety.utah.gov/investigations/index.html

Federal Bureau of Investigation – Salt Lake City
257 East 200 South, Suite 1200 Salt Lake City, UT
84111-2048
Phone: (801) 579-1400
Fax: (801) 579-4500

Salt Lake County Sheriff’s Department
3365 South 900 West
Salt Lake City, UT 84119
Non-Emergency: 801.743.7000
http://www.slsheriff.org

South Salt Lake City Hall
220 E. Morris Ave (2430 South)
Salt Lake City, UT 84115

City Attorney, 2nd Floor 801-483-6070 801-464-6791

City Prosecutor, 2nd Floor 801-483-6070
801-464-6791

Police Department
2835 S Main St, South Salt Lake, UT 84115-3200

NON Emergencies 801-840-4000
Administration 801-412-3606
Investigations 801-412-3604
Ordinance Enforcement 801-464-6712
Records 801-412-3600
http://www.ssl.state.ut.us/government/contactus.htmlhttp://www.ssl.state.ut.us/police/policedepthome.html

Utah State Capitol Office
Office of the Attorney General
Utah State Capitol Complex
350 North State Street Suite 230
SLC UT 84114-2320
FAX: (801) 538-1121
http://attorneygeneral.utah.gov/contact_us.html

Salt Lake City, Prosecutors Office
349 South 200 East, Suite 500Salt Lake City, Utah,
801.535.7767
http://www.slcgov.com/Prosecutor

Salt Lake County Prosecutors Office
Investigations Division
111 E Broadway Suite 400
Salt Lake City, Utah 84111
Tel: (801) 531-4189
Fax: (801) 531-4137
http://www.districtattorney.slco.org/admin/contact.html

Clearly Janrae Frank chose to utilize propaganda strategies (Ad hominem and Red herring) in her confutation. For example, instead of rebutting the original complaint (i.e., Author, Victoria Strauss’ Failure to Produce Documentation of Police Investigation Regarding American Book Publishing) she is attacking us instead rebutting the original argument. Also, she is presenting new issues (i.e., the Freedom of Information Act) in a compelling fashion, but it is irrelevant to the question whether Author, Victoria Strauss Failed to Produce Documentation of Police Investigation Regarding American Book Publishing. She somehow seems to think that this validates or implies that we are misleading people.  (Note: She has also posted on Twitter that: “The Write Agenda has gone after me.” We fail to see how this amiable debate has escalated to that level.)

There’s no need for Janrae Frank to “school” us any more on the Freedom of Information Act. We all understand its purpose regarding public records as they apply to legal actions. However, in this instance we are dealing with a “police investigation” not a legal action. The application of the Freedom of Information Act is irrelevant and further discussion about it is an act of obfuscation. Admittedly, it was a very noteworthy review but really serves no purpose regarding this issue.

Transparency is all that we have asked for. Victoria Strauss and Writer Beware are responsible for making the initial claim that “American Book Publishing  has been the subject of at least one police investigation.” Merely posting this on a blog is not proof that  “American Book Publishing  has been the subject of at least one police investigation.” Victoria Strauss and Writer Beware have not been transparent in this regard. As a result thereof, we have sought to make this claim transparent by contacting the agencies within the jurisdiction where the “police investigation” allegedly occurred. When documentation and research fails to uncover evidence of a “police investigation,” transparency is impossible. The ongoing acts of denying, deferring and dismissing, by Victoria Strauss and Writer Beware, can no longer continue; it impedes the quest for transparency.

As self-proclaimed publishing industry “watchdogs,” Victoria Strauss and Writer Beware are ethically responsible to produce this evidence. What is dreadfully transparent is that their failure to do so only serves to call into question their credibility. This could be easily accomplished by providing primary source material of a “police investigation.” This would include: 1) the name of the investigating police agency; 2) supplying an incident number; and 3) state exactly what America Book Publishing “investigated” for. The failure of Victoria Strauss to provide this information lends itself to a meaningless claim and doesn’t support the necessity of challenging other disputed claims; that’s another issue. If the three (3) questions above cannot be answered, this “investigation” has to be deemed a falsehood that was conceived with other motives. Transparency will only occur when this evidence is provided. The sooner this happens the matter can be resolved and we can all move on to other issues. If it cannot be supplied, Victoria Strauss and Writer Beware would be well advised to begin using some different PR strategies; denying, deferring, inciting followers and dismissing these accusations aren’t working:

1. Fess up.

2. Have some “humble pie” and display some remorse.

3. Strive for atonement and clean up this mess they made.

4. Rehabilitate themselves, restore faith and trust by utilizing objective (not bias) reporting standards.

The Write Agenda is striving to bring this matter to a close. If we have been incorrect in our pursuit for transparency, we’ll gladly take our own advice publicly (1-4 above). We all want transparency, if this cannot be achieved this matter will stay in the forefront and will continue to be a blemish on Victoria Strauss and Writer Beware.

10/10/2011 Update

Yes, we have claimed that your discussion of the FOIA was both Ad Hominem and a Red Herring. No, we have not invoked FOIA as proof of any claims here or on our website. What we have done is completed document searches and posted the results thereof. Our act of posting these letters from the agencies cast doubt on the veracity of the statement of Victoria Strauss and Writer Beware that “American Book Publishing was the subject of at least one police investigation.” Our only statement is that we cannot find any evidence of a “police investigation.” We are not going to rely solely on an unvetted blog posting as proof that a “police investigation” occurred. Regardless of what methods are deployed to secure information in this matter, if evidence does not exist “that casts in doubt the veracity” of the statements made by Victoria Strauss and Writer Beware.

Now you appear to be making a similar statement without documentary evidence to back it up. To wit: “ABP was investigated in 2003 by the Salt Lake City police department. The detective assigned to the case was Robbin Wilkins.” Your act of merely reciting a statement from a blog posting is also not definitive proof of an actual “police investigation.” In addition, since you have chosen to take on the chore of “investigating” this matter further, this suggests that you are now questioning whether evidence of a “police investigation” exists yourself. This is a positive step; we could only wish that others would be as inquisitive. What is most ironic is that this proves that you are not willing to solely rest on Victoria Strauss’ statements including: 1) she doesn’t have an “obligation to ‘prove’ anything;” 2) that she stands on her “reputation for honesty and meticulous research; 3) that she is willing to simply  “let people judge for themselves;” and 4) that you are not satisfied solely with her confidential “documentation [that] includes emails from individuals as well as [her] handwritten notes of the phone conversations [she] had with both investigators” as proof of a “police investigation.”

We are actually flattered that you have the courage to take the time to be objective. However, it’s distressing (and unfortunate) that you have to pursue information that should have been made available by Victoria Strauss and Writer Beware. We wish you well in your endeavors. We also pray that your efforts reveal the existence of a “police investigation” with a corresponding incident number. In the event that your efforts are inconclusive, we also hope that you have the resilience to publicly admit it.

10/14/2011 Update

After going into great detail regarding your skills as a journalist, we would think that you would have posted primary source material to “speak for itself.” Attaching a blog posting from a disgruntled author, while it may lead to primary source material, is not proof that a real investigation ever occurred. Therefore, the doctrine of res ipsa loquitur does not apply to this pitiable attachment.

Journalists, as yourself, are held to a higher standard in reporting and presenting evidence. We do hope that your independent research activity leads you to a trail of primary source material including, but not limited to, documented evidence of a “police investigation” with a corresponding incident number. In the event that an “investigation” is proven to have occurred, information that retracts and/or exonerates the publisher needs to be included. For example, if there was no prosecution, or if the matter was closed due to a deficiency of evidence towards proving the complaint, reporting ethics require a full disclosure of the disposition of the “investigation.”

10/24/2011: American Book Publishing: No Case, No Criminal Contact & No Legal Action Taken

 

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(UPDATED) David L. Kuzminski (Preditors and Editors) adds to the PublishAmerica Fabrications

In A.C., A.C. Crispin, Absolute Write, Accountability, American Book Publishing, Ann "A.C." Crispin, Atlanta Nights, Attorney Victor Cretella, Author Watch, Cease & Desist, Christian Booksellers Association, Credibility, Crispin, David L. Kuzminski, Disney, Interviews, Investigations, Law Suits, lawsuits, News Tips, P.N. Elrod, Pirates Of The Caribbean: Price Of Freedom, Preditors & Editors, Professionalism, Propaganda, Publish America, PublishAmerica, Publishers, Reputation, Reputation Management, Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers Association, Self-Publishing, SFWA, The Write Agenda, Travis Tea, Victor Cretella, Victoria Strauss, Watchdog, Writer Beware on September 30, 2011 at 11:38 am

Victoria Strauss, in a Writer Beware blog posting, (PublishAmerica and CBA: Rowling Redux) voiced her opposition to a recent promotion by her archenemy . . . PublishAmerica. At first blush, it appears that Publish America was/is attempting to package their authors books (for a fee) in a coordinated attempt for consideration by the CBA’s (Christian Booksellers Association) “Christian Store Week.”

We do not see anything that suggests that there is some sort of relationship between the CBA and PublishAmerica. We also do not see anything that suggests that PublishAmerica implied that they had a relationship with the CBA. In fact, there doesn’t appear to be anything illegitimate by PublishAmerica to promote their authors (regardless of whether they charge a fee to do so). Also, they readily admit that there is no relationship with the CBA and they do not promise any specific results. It appears to be solely a promotion.

What’s the problem with this? The CBA issued a “warning” on their web site stating as follows:

“CBA has been informed that Christian authors are being contacted by an organization called PublishAmerica that’s soliciting for authors to submit their books to a sales/marketing catalog that they claim will be going to CBA. Please be aware that CBA has no knowledge of PublishAmerica; that PublishAmerica is not connected to Christian Store Week; and that CBA has no agreement of any kind with PublishAmerica, nor is CBA affiliated in any way, shape, or form with that organization.”

Victoria Strauss readily admitted that the solicitation by PublishAmerica was forwarded to the  CBA.  However, the “warning” issued by the CBA is not a Cease and Desist (C&D) nor is there any indication that one was ever sent to PublishAmerica. (Note to Victoria Strauss: These would be great writings to share with the reading public vs. just stating that x and y occurred. For example, see how we previous refuted a statement of your’s here. Proofs will add to the validity of statements. “Show . . .  don’t tell.”)

We do not see anything wrong with an alternative publisher soliciting its authors in this promotional effort regarding “Christian Store Week.” Are we missing something here? Victoria Strauss’ article makes it appear that there is some sort of wrong-doing here. This kind of promotional activity is performed by many organizations; what is the issue here? Is the CBA really “not amused” as indicated byVictoria Strauss? Or, are they just saying that they have no relationship with PublishAmerica? Didn’t PublishAmerica “warn” their authors as well in their disclaimer? Also, they didn’t promise any specific results:

“DISCLAIMER: PublishAmerica has no affiliation with the CBA and/or individual Christian bookstores beyond that of a regular publisher/bookseller relationship, without preferential access or other special treatment. No specific result from PublishAmerica’s best efforts to represent and promote its authors and their books is suggested or guaranteed.”

Now comes P.N. Elrod who somehow <<we’re shaking our heads>> translates the “warning” into a “Cease & Desist” letter that was issued to PublishAmerica:

“It’s only criminal if they continue to give the offer after getting a C&D from the party whose name is being used. Most are unaware of the use of their name until someone lets them know what’s going on.”

P.N. Elrod (Facebook Page, September 22, 2011)

Clearly, there was never a C&D issued. In addition, it appears that PublishAmerica wasn’t “using” the CBA’s name and was/is only offering to submit the  promotional material of their authors for consideration for “Christian Stores Week.” P.N. Elrod continues to walk down a path of twisted storytelling and fabrications. We predict that karma is going to sneak up on P.N. Elrod and these ongoing activities real soon.

The Write Agenda supports watchdog activity provided that it is true. In this instance, P.N. Elrod is following the trail left by fellow “weiner dog” Victoria Strauss; who’s own needlework on the fabric of truthfulness still remains in question (click here).

 (Click on picture to enlarge.)

Click here for more information on P.N. Elrod

Update 9/30/11: Preditor & Editor blogger, David L. Kuzminski, (you know the guy that was sued before and is begging for “donations” to his defense fund [click here]) somehow <<shaking our heads>> read into the  PA offering that PA stated that they “have a contract.” They do not and they readily stated as much. This is another example of how the “weiner dogs” fabricate stories for their own purpose:

9/21/11: The Christian Booksellers Association has sent out a warning that Publish America is ‘contacting Christian authors and telling them that they have a contract with CBA that will go public next week. According to a CBA contact, Publish America demands $49 to get on a list and in a catalogue that Publish America is giving to CBA and CBA will submit this list of authors/catalogue to all CBA members and because of this alleged contract the CBA member stores will buy from the authors listed.’ The ‘promotion’ is supposedly in conjunction with the upcoming Christian Store Week. At this rate, can God be far behind in issuing a warning about PA?” [Emphasis added.]

 

(Click on picture to enlarge.)

The actual quote (i.e. “warning”) from the CBA states as follows:

“CBA has been informed that Christian authors are being contacted by an organization called PublishAmerica that’s soliciting for authors to submit their books to a sales/marketing catalog that they claim will be going to CBA. Please be aware that CBA has no knowledge of PublishAmerica; that PublishAmerica is not connected to Christian Store Week; and that CBA has no agreement of any kind with PublishAmerica, nor is CBA affiliated in any way, shape, or form with that organization.”

Now, exactly where does it say that The Christian Booksellers Association has sent out a warning that Publish America is “contacting Christian authors and telling them that they have a contract” with CBA? It doesn’t . . .  there’s your “News Flash.” Also, if David L. Kuzminski is posting a quote that he has attributed as coming from The Christian Booksellers Association but it actually has not come from The Christian Booksellers Association . . .  who is he quoting? You can’t make this stuff up unless you’re a “weiner dog.”

Readers, try this as further evidence of David L Kuzminski’s erroneous attribution skills: Google the entire quote that David L Kuzminski posted in his “News Flash” that purportedly came from the The Christian Booksellers Association (see above). What will you discover? You will not find any results that take you to The Christian Booksellers Association. However, you will have Google results that will take you to the sites in the picture below (see photo below); none of which are connected to The Christian Booksellers Association. Primary source material? No, not hardly. In fact, one source in this Google result is currently being sued by PublishAmerica. Therefore, if David L Kuzminski is not quoting The Christian Booksellers Association correctly (which he is not), ask yourself: A) did he himself make this quote up? Or, B) is he quoting one of the sources in this Google search which also cannot be attributed to The Christian Booksellers Association? This is exactly how the want-to-be “watch-dogs” turn into “weiner dogs.” Trivial you may ask? Hardly. Is it any wonder at all why David L Kuzminski was sued and lost? When will this weiner dog ever learn?

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More links on David L. Kuzminski:

How Pathetic Can David L. Kuzminski Be? Click here.

https://thewriteagenda.wordpress.com/category/david-l-kuzminski/

Click here to read more.

Preditors & Editors Site Creator Sued for Libel

David Kuzminski, You Naughty Boy

Lawyer has defamation claim for online post

Cretella v. Kuzminski

References

http://pred-ed.com/penulist.htm

http://www.cbanews.org/article.php?id=3753

http://www.facebook.com/p.n.elrod?sk=wall

http://www.accrispin.blogspot.com/

Christian Story Teller Asks: “Victoria Strauss, what is she doing to her reputation?”

In Accountability, American Book Publishing, Author, Author Watch, Authors, books, Charles Spurgeon, command knowledge, Credibility, false information, foul mouth, Interviews, Investigations, lawsuits, polite company, Professionalism, Propaganda, Publishers, Publishing, Reputation, Reputation Management, Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers Association, Self-Publishing, SFWA, The Write Agenda, ugly facts, Victoria Strauss, Watchdog, word smith, wordsmith, Writer Beware on September 25, 2011 at 12:39 pm

The Write Agenda is not alone in its quest to compel Victoria Strauss to tell the truth. The Christian Story Teller posted this yesterday. [Reprinted with the express permission of christianstoryteller.com.]

Victoria Strauss, what is she doing to her reputation?

Why the foul mouth & no answers?

 

You reap what you sow. Now it seems that Victoria loves to use the f— word in her postings and still won’t answer the question about her post about “the police investigation” on another company [American Book Publishing] that she doesn’t like. She informed this editor years ago that she and “they”? have lots of complaints, records, and documents about all these publishers / agents / agencies that they have identified as scammers, BUT she would never prove it. We were just to take her at her word. Which right now is in the dumper.

The use of the F— word has NO place in professional behavior or polite company. It reveals that the person might have a limited command / knowledge  of the english language. Additionally, statements from this type of word smith tend to be reviewed as coming from an arrogant, unschooled, self important, know it all.

Prove it or lose it. For years Victoria has been part of a group that would boldly demand facts and financial figures from companies and now she can’t answer yes or no. If she doesn’t come clean with the answers to these simple questions, she’ll be just like yellow snow.

A major creditability scandal indeed!  Read the full story and  The Write Agenda who exposed the ugly facts. Then go to Publishingfacts for  Commentary:

 “A lie can travel half way around the world while the truth is putting on its shoes.”  

–  Charles Spurgeon

References

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

Victoria Strauss Drops F-Bomb, Ann “A.C.”Crispin Thinks it’s OK: How Publishing Watchdogs Demonstrate Their Arrogance and Supremacy for Standards

http://www.christianstoryteller.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=247:what-in-the-world-is-going-on

UPDATED: 01/04/2012: Victoria Strauss Drops F-Bomb . . . Again: The F****** Lack of Class Continues

In Accountability, Amazon Rankings, Amazon Sales Rankings, American Book Publishing, Author, Author Watch, Authors, Book Sellers, Book Signings, books, Bookstores, Credibility, e-books, Interviews, Investigations, Law Suits, lawsuits, libelous, Librarians, Library, Professionalism, Propaganda, Publishers, Publishing, Reputation, Reputation Management, Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers Association, Self-Publishing, SFWA, T.W.A.N.G., The Write Agenda, Vanity Press, Victoria Strauss, Watchdog, Writer Beware on September 20, 2011 at 1:59 pm

“You can say ‘fuck’ on my FB page. I say it all the time in real life.”

Victoria Strauss (Facebook Page, September 19, 2011)

It’s one thing if a publishing “weiner dog” swears in private.  But there is a certain minimum dignity…decorum…class that we expect from our “weiner dogs” when they speak in public. Especially . . .  on Facebook. Of course, this isn’t the first time Victoria Stauss has demonstrated her lack of class (Click here).

Just imagine if Victoria Strauss approached the business of Writer Beware and her PR as an author during moments when her words actually moved the hearts and minds of people who cared:

American Book Publishing has been the focus of at least one f****** police investigation.”

“I’m the author of eight f****** published fantasy novels for adults and f****** young adults, including the f***** Stone duology (The Arm of the Stone and The Garden of the Stone), the Way of Arata duology (The Burning Land and The Awakened City), and a forthcoming f****** historical fantasy for f****** teens, Passion Blue.”

“I’m an active f****** member of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America (SFWA), and co-founder of f****** Writer Beware, a f****** publishing industry watchdog group that tracks and warns about literary schemes, scams, and pitfalls. I f****** maintain the popular Writer Beware website, Facebook page, and blog. For this work, I f****** was honored with the SFWA Service Award in 2009.”

“I’ve f****** written hundreds of f****** book reviews for magazines and ezines, including SF Site, and my articles on writing have appeared in f****** Writer’s Digest and elsewhere. In f****** 2006, I served as a f****** judge for the f******World Fantasy Awards.”

It’s sort of amusing to watch, in the sense that it’s not every day that you see a crowd of “flying monkeys” cheer on a gal who has real credibility issues, horrid Amazon Sales Rankings while simultaneously cursing like a sailor. Parents, book buyers, and librarians do take note. This is the author of the f****** fantasy for teens, Passion Blue  . . . we can’t wait for the f****** book signing events.

Yes, she does say f*** in “real life.” Just ask her neighbors that had to endure a dispute with Victoria Strauss regarding “walnuts” and her “fence.” Victoria Strauss readily admitted that  she was “forgetting to be ladylike in [her] extreme annoyance.Nevertheless, she deliberately f-bombed her neighbor accordingly: “What’s the big fucking deal here? All I’m asking is that you not pile your shit against my fence. Why is that so much to ask?”

UPDATED: 01/04/2012:

References

http://www.facebook.com/notes/victoria-strauss/fences-dont-always-make-good-neighbors/10150414755001015

http://www.facebook.com/victoria.strauss1?sk=wall

https://thewriteagenda.wordpress.com/2011/07/12/victoria-strauss-drops-f-bomb-ann-%E2%80%9Ca-c-%E2%80%9Dcrispin-thinks-it%E2%80%99s-ok-how-publishing-watchdogs-demonstrate-their-arrogance-and-supremacy-for-standards/

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Victoria Strauss, Ann “A.C.” Crispin & Writer Beware: Just Tell the Truth!

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Psalm 109: A Prayer for the Punishment of the Wicked

“Let [her] days be few .  . . . It cannot be wrong for an officer of justice to aim at this; to desire it; to pray for it. How strange it would be for a magistrate to pray “that a murderer or a traitor should be long lived!”

“And let another take [her] office – So every man [woman] acts, and practically prays, who seeks to remove a bad and corrupt man [woman] from office. As such an office must be filled by someone, all the efforts which he [she] puts forth to remove a wicked man [woman] tend to bring it about that ‘another should take his [her] office;’ and for this it is ‘right’ to labor and pray. The act does not of itself imply malignity or bad feeling, but is consistent with the purest benevolence, the kindest feelings, the strictest integrity, the sternest patriotism, and the highest form of piety.”

– Barnes’ Notes on the Bible

 

 

 

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References

http://bible.org/seriespage/psalm-109-prayer-punishment-wicked

http://bible.cc/psalms/109-8.htm

UPDATED: Victoria Strauss, Ann “A.C.” Crispin and Writer Beware have been requested to provide proofs!

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” 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.”

The Write Agenda – June 8, 2011

[Editor’s Note:  The Blog host used censorship to protect Victoria Strauss, Ann “A.C.” Crispin and Writer Beware. As luck would have it, the Host/Editor of the site below ” . . . deleted the anonymous posts attacking writers beware [sic] and others on this blog.” Interestingly, the patsy left the entry posted by (guess who?) Victoria Strauss. It’s always amazing to see these “flying monkeys” that rise up to protect the weiner dogs (Victoria Strauss, Ann “A.C.” Crispin, James D. Macdonald etc.). When ever someone has them painted into a corner they call it an attack. The questions still remain for Victoria Strauss, Ann “A.C.” Crispin and Writer Beware. 1 – 8 below. Victoria Strauss has remained silent and has yet to respectfully (empirically) defend (prove) her claim against American Book Publishing. Updated, 9/16/11]

Let’s follow this blog:

http://bookendslitagency.blogspot.com/2011/09/writers-beware.html

Can Victoria Strauss, Ann “A.C.” Crispin and Writer Beware produce the requested information? That is:

Regarding their claim that “American Book Publishing has been the subject of at least one police investigation”:

1. Who was the investigating police agency?

2. Who was the investigating officer(s)?

3. What is the incident number?

4. Why hasn’t Writer Beware posted this information and links to it?

5. What was American Book Publishing investigated for? (Victoria Strauss, Ann “A.C.” Crispin and Writer Beware do not state this. Why?)

6. What information can you post that would discredit the information and research that has been posted by The Write Agenda through their intensive investigation of your claim? (See this link: Click here.)

7. How long do you intend to be in a depressive state of silence?

8. If you cannot produce evidence to back up your statement that “American Book Publishing has been the subject of at least one police investigation” do you honestly think that people are going to continue to have faith and trust in you? Again,  Victoria Strauss and Ann “A.C.” Crispin, it’s time to come clean and resist the urge to remain silent.

Can they disprove the evidence that was posted here? Come on authors . . . this is where Ann “A.C.” Crispin, Victoria Strauss and Writer Beware will lead you (Click here).

T.W.A.N.G. (The Write Agenda Ninja Group) more data here.

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