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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Accusation: Lies

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

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

The Response & Waffle

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Shield . . .  Still Ignoring a Direct Question

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 Libby Hellmann ‏@libbyhellmann  May 3

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

REFERENCES

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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Florida Literary Agency and Publisher Reaches Settlement on FDUTPA Litigation with Florida Attorney General

In Absolute Write, Absolute Write Water Cooler, Ann "A.C." Crispin, Ann Crispin, Ann Crispin DEAD, Atlanta Nights, Attorney, Attorney General, Attorney Victor Cretella, Author, Author Boycott, Author Contracts, BARBARA BAUER, BARBARA BAUER LITERARY AGENCY, Bauer vs. Glatzer, Cretella v. Kuzminski, Criminal History, Crispin, Crispin Dead, David L. Kuzminski, DEFAMATION: Cretella v. Kuzminski: The Case Against Preditors & Editors David L. Kuzminski, defamatory, James D. MacDonald, Jenna Glatzer, Jim C. Hines, John Scalzi, John Steinbeck, Legal Issues, Lisa L. Spangenberg, MacAllister Stone, Making Light, Mark Coker, P.N. Elrod, Passion Blew, PASSION BLEW II: The Case Against Victoria Strauss, Passion Blew!: Scamming the John Steinbeck Estate: The Case Against Attorney Charles E. Petit The Former Attorney for the Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers of America, Passion Blue, Patrick Niclsen-Hayden, Pirates Of The Caribbean: Price Of Freedom, Preditors & Editors, Randi Shapiro, Randy Dotinga, Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers, Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers Association, Self-Published, Self-Publishing, State of Florida Inspector General, Steve Gould, Steven Gould, Strategic Book Group, Strategic Book Publishing, strategic book publishing and rights agency, Strauss, Subpoena, Teresa Nielsen Hayden, The Write Agenda, The Write Agenda: Top 10 Blog Posts for 2011, The Write Company to Keep, Theodore Beale, Vanity, Vanity Press, Victor Cretella, Victoria Strauss, Watchdog, Whatever, Writer Beware, Writer Beware & Others, Writers, Yog's Law on March 17, 2014 at 9:44 pm

Robert Fletcher, CEO, Successfully Overcomes Damaging Allegations and Declares that Settlement is a Victory When Dealing with any Government Agency.

“Anytime a business settles litigation with a government agency with no admission of guilt and no violation of the law, it can be considered a victory,” said Robert Fletcher, the CEO of a group of companies that have been dealing with government litigation for over six years.

“Unfortunately, most consumers believe that litigation equals guilt, but that simply isn’t true.  This suit should never have been filed,” Mr. Fletcher continued. “If the litigation had any merit, they would have pushed it harder and not taken six years to deal with it.  Furthermore, the attorney who filed against us was asked to leave her job for ethical and competency issues.  Mr. Fletcher went on to say that, “settlement was the best action for our constituents as it allows us to concentrate on the future and not continue to pour money down the legal drain hole of America’s quasi-political legal process. Most importantly, we want our authors to realize that this litigation did not include our current businesses.  The suit was only directed at older companies that had a completely different business model and had already been dissolved”.

Mr. Fletcher concluded by looking to the future. “With this settlement, our family of authors and employees can rest assured that our business principles are sound and fair.  I am extremely happy for our authors, clients, and employees who have had to deal with the uncertainties of this misguided litigation for the last six years.  We have now formally put this behind us and we feel stronger than ever.  Let’s get back to business.  We have our clients’ books to publish and sell and distribute around the world.  And we would like any potential client that turned away from us because of this issue to please reconsider joining us.”

Therefore, the witch hunt perpetrated by Victoria Strauss, Ann “A.C.” Crispin, Writer Beware and the SFWA has been discredited; the The Florida Attorney General is NOT ACTIVELY collecting complaints and information.

So, the question is, will Robert Fletcher again pursue legal action against Victoria Strauss, SFWA, Writer Beware & others?

For further reading see:

Florida Attorney General Investigated by the Florida State Inspector General – Strategic Book Publishing Prepares Countersuits.

Florida State Inspector General’s Final Report 

2013 SFWA ELECTION COVERAGE: April 26, 2013 – Deadline to Vote

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2013 SFWA ELECTION COVERAGE: April 26, 2013 – Deadline to Vote 

 

Theodore Beale Still Looking “Presidential”: How Not to be SFWA President II

In 2013 SFWA Elections, 2013 SFWA Presidential Election, A.C., A.C. Crispin, Ann "A.C." Crispin, Ann Crispin, Attorney Victor Cretella, BARBARA BAUER, BARBARA BAUER LITERARY AGENCY, Bauer vs. Glatzer, C. E. Petit, Charles E. Petit, Charles Emil Petit, Charlie. Petit, Cretella v. Kuzminski, Crispin, DEFAMATION: Cretella v. Kuzminski: The Case Against Preditors & Editors David L. Kuzminski, ILLINOIS ATTORNEY REGISTRATION AND DISCIPLINARY COMMISSION, Jenna Glatzer, John Scalzi, John Steinbeck, MacAllister Stone, Making Light, Mystery Writers of America, Nancy Steinbeck, Passion Blew, PASSION BLEW II: The Case Against Victoria Strauss, Passion Blew!: Scamming the John Steinbeck Estate: The Case Against Attorney Charles E. Petit The Former Attorney for the Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers of America, Passion Blue, Preditors & Editors, Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers Association, SFWA, Steve Gould, Steven Gould, Teresa Nielsen Hayden, The Write Agenda, Theodore Beale, Victor Cretella, Victoria Strauss, Vox Day, Writer Beware, Writer Beware & Others on March 12, 2013 at 12:26 am
We’re pleased to see Theodore Beale engaged once again as a candidate for the 2013 SFWA Presidency. He’s starting to look more and more “Presidential.” For those of you who would like to see it, it’s here. We applaud Mr. Beale for being active in this 2013 SFWA Election process. We’d like to hear more from Steven Gould but he still has not come out yet; and he’s really starting to look like an embarrassment. Seriously Mr. Gould, do you honestly think that you can just toss your hat into the ring, retain a self-serving endorsement from John Scalzi and actually win? The Write Agenda is fairly confident that the next President of the SFWA will not be elected by a mere 11% of the membership (as was Scalzi). This is anticipated to be a very active electorate process and a much closer race than anticipated. Steven Gould has yet to give the slightest indication that he’s actually a contender for this position. Gould should realize that Scalzi’s prior election strategies (i.e. the anticipation of low voter turnout) and submitting a vague platform will not work for him in the 2013 election.


References

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

THE 2013 SFWA PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION: HYPOCRISY, HERESY & HATE (PART II) | The Write Agenda™. (n.d.). The Write Agenda™ | We scrutinize claims made by others in the publishing industry to evaluate the transparency and accuracy of their reporting. Retrieved from https://thewriteagenda.wordpress.com/2013/03/01/the-2013-sfwa-presidential-election-hypocrisy-heresy-hate-part-ii/

THE 2013 SFWA PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION: HYPOCRISY, HERESY & HATE (PART III) | The Write Agenda™. (n.d.). Retrieved from https://thewriteagenda.wordpress.com/2013/03/03/the-2013-sfwa-presidential-election-hypocrisy-heresy-hate-part-iii/

Vox Popoli: How not to be SFWA president II. (n.d.). Vox Popoli. Retrieved from http://voxday.blogspot.com/2013/03/how-not-to-be-sfwa-president-ii.html

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

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Part IV: Organizational Partisanship & Biasness – The Need for Change Within the SFWA

Part 4 of 4

Death and life are in the power of the tongue.

Proverbs, 18:21

Another necessary concern regarding the SFWA 2013 Elections to consider is the ongoing negative blog postings relative to Theodore Beale. As stated previously, the negativity is reaching the level that caused the Bauer vs. Glatzer[1] lawsuit. What’s next on the horizon?

Will the Defendants in the Bauer case and their minions create a list of the “20 Worst Candidates for SFWA for SFWA President”?

Will the Defendants in the Bauer case and their minions create YouTube videos to humiliate Theodore Beale?

Will the Defendants in the Bauer case and their minions resort to the same tactics that led to the lawsuit against them?

Will the Defendants in the Bauer case and their minions resort to boycotts of Theodore Beale’s books?

Will the Defendants in the Bauer case and their minions resort to creating a “Thumbs Down” list for SFWA candidates that they deem undesirable?

Many of these individuals have already had their fair share of lawsuits and cease & desist requests.  However, there is a very qualified difference here. As an example, what Bauer vs. Glatzer lacked in terms of prosecution, it made up for in terms of customary (anticipated) blogger commentary and potential liability; unfortunately most of them have not learned their lesson yet. Moreover, new case law is always being developed regarding this kind of activity and the Teflon is getting thinner. Someone with in this group of mashuganas is going to eventually take the fall . . .  and it’s going to be a big fall.

It will be interesting to watch how this continues to play out . . . both pre-election and post election. Could Theodore Beale consider possible legal action against these Internet posters? Will it be another Cretella v. Kuzminski (i.e. The Case Against Preditors & Editors David L. Kuzminski)? Will it reach this level? Are slander and defamation actions imminent? Could Beale establish a claim for loss of opportunity?

It’s interesting to ponder these scenarios; even if they are hypothetical. However, generally speaking, most of the comments currently being made by independent bloggers would most likely not be cloaked with the protections of the Communication Decency Act (CDA 230) which protected Wikipedia but not necessarily the remaining defendants in the Bauer case; nor did it completely exonerate them.

No man [woman] is an island, entire of itself, every man [woman] is a piece of the continent, a part of the main.

William Blake

In Part III of this series, we indicated that John Scalzi was no Moses. By contrast, Moses gathered people together; he fused people and created a communal entity far more than a collection of individuals.

A group that gathers together can also move apart, and even while together, the union is not compete; an examination of the SFWA voting history clearly supports the notion that it has become segregated. There doesn’t appear to be any spirit of unity. What, if anything, binds and unifies the members of the current SFWA? How defunct is an organization where its President (Scalzi) is elected on only 11% of the entire possible vote?

Moses was the epitome of self-transcendence; every aspect of his being was committed to others. He was able to inspire transcendence. Moses has been described as a shepherd. He infused harmony even when facing different factions or contrary opinions. The establishment of unity among the membership is essential to the health of organization. The more that a leader is able to develop his/her own harmony, he/she will be more open to others and be willing to relate to them as equals. This will encourage the expression of the inner bond that all members should share . . .  versus being in a constant state of discord. What motivates a leader to rise above their personal agendas? A leader’s service should begin with marshalling the different aspects of their own being first. Then, and only then, can the organization work towards unity and harmony.

 Let his days be few; and let another take his office.

Psalm 109, v8

The dreadful reign of John Scalzi is finally coming to an end. Selah! Change is also coming to the SFWA. The pending election will either result in “sweeping” change or simply a change in leadership. This is not merely a promise; this is something that can be anticipated today. Regardless of who may ultimately win the 2013 SFWA Presidential Election, Theodore Beale or Steven Gould, either of them has the potential to establish a new harmony within the organization (SFWA) and to spread that harmony among the membership. Moreover, both candidates have the opportunity to create sweeping changes within the SFWA and shed the tarnished image left by the Scalzi and his minions:

“Scalzi, current president of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America, responded by calling [Beale], ‘a jackass, and a fairly ignorant jackass at that.’”

Queerty, Free of an Agenda, Except that Gay One

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

 Victoria Strauss on Facebook 2/1/13

If he did win, he’d be like the dog that caught the car–Holy shit. This wasn’t supposed to happen. What do I do now?

Victoria Strauss

Elections, and organizational change, represent the opportunity to search. The need to search is not a choice but a necessity. The search is personal (i.e. within the SFWA membership) as well as institutional. The process of searching gives all members the opportunity to take corrective measures (voting), find what is missing and identify the needs of the organization.

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

John Scalzi

Contrary to John Scalzi’s dogma, dues-paying members of any organization do expect something in return; something far beyond a mere “affection.” Organizations have a purpose to establish a “commonwealth” . . .  something for the greater good . . . for its members, not something that an elected official can be half-heartedly dedicated to. Admitted, Scalzi was honest about this point and where his priorities stood:

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

 –         John Scalzi

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Shaming another in public is like shedding blood.

Talmud, v6

 In conclusion, the huge difference in these organizational elections is that they do not include political parties . . . they involve people . . . human beings. Accordingly, they should be civil and partisan. This particular race for SFWA President is turning into something very political . . . with the same cast of characters showing their true colors again. However, it’s unique that the negative attacks are being waged against one of their own . . . Theodore Beale. Theodore Beale’s only crimes are that he writes controversial pieces and that he disagrees with John Scalzi. Being controversial is nothing new when it comes to past (or present) SFWA Presidents. Why is it such a big issue now? Unfortunately, this whole ordeal is making Scalzi and his minions look like a bunch of schlemiels.

 “Scalzi, current president of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America, responded by calling [Beale], ‘a jackass, and a fairly ignorant jackass at that.’”

 Queerty, Free of an Agenda, Except that Gay One

John Scalzi had the opportunity to stand up (for once) and demonstrate that he had true leadership qualities. Criticism and contrary opinion are to be expected for elected officials . . .  Scalzi doesn’t appear to have learned that lesson. Instead, in a very farcical move, Scalzi has rose up in opposition to Beale by publically endorsing Steven Gould; not a very “Presidential” maneuver when an unbiased stance would have given him the appearance of being a leader. However, Beale has given us all a glimpse of how “Presidential” he is. We do not ever recall an outgoing president of the SFWA to have ever publically endorsed one candidate over the other. Again, John Scalzi never was and never will be a Moses.

People join organizations, such as the SFWA, to have a voice, to be represented and to be members of a group. This 2013 election is the perfect time to deliver the SFWA from the mindsets of the likes of Scalzi and readjust so that it can take on a more purposeful mindset. In choosing our leaders, we should not select only those who are like us in temperament and personality. Nor should we choose only those who act in a certain way that we find agreeable to our personal lives and acceptable standards. In selecting the next SFWA President you will have to abandon your proneness to conformity and/or complacency.

Educate yourself and vote accordingly . . .  but DO VOTE and encourage other SFWA members to vote.

 REFERENCES

2013 SFWA Presidential Election: Change or Status Quo? | The Write Agenda™. (n.d.). The Write Agenda™ | We scrutinize claims made by others in the publishing industry to evaluate the transparency and accuracy of their reporting. Retrieved from https://thewriteagenda.wordpress.com/2013/02/28/2013-sfwa-presidential-election-change-or-status-quo/

Bauer vs. Glatzer | The Write Agenda™. (n.d.). The Write Agenda™ | We scrutinize claims made by others in the publishing industry to evaluate the transparency and accuracy of their reporting. Retrieved from https://thewriteagenda.wordpress.com/bauer-vs-glatzer/

DEFAMATION: Cretella v. Kuzminski: The Case Against Preditors & Editors David L. Kuzminski | The Write Agenda™. (n.d.). The Write Agenda™ | We scrutinize claims made by others in the publishing industry to evaluate the transparency and accuracy of their reporting. Retrieved from https://thewriteagenda.wordpress.com/2013/02/03/defamation-cretella-v-kuzminski-the-case-against-preditors-editors-david-l-kuzminski/

DEFAMATION: Cretella v. Kuzminski: The Case Against Preditors & Editors David L. Kuzminski: The Write Agenda: 9781482354607: Amazon.com: Books. (n.d.).Amazon.com: Online Shopping for Electronics, Apparel, Computers, Books, DVDs & more. Retrieved from http://www.amazon.com/DEFAMATION-Cretella-Kuzminski-Against-Preditors/dp/1482354608/ref=sr_1_2?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1362745944&sr=1-2

Dissention on the Rise Within the Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers (SFWA): Scalzi’s

Departure Raises Concern About Undesirable Presidential Candidate(s) and the Future of Writer Beware™ | The Write Agenda™. (n.d.). The Write Agenda™ | We scrutinize claims made by others in the publishing industry to evaluate the transparency and accuracy of their reporting. Retrieved from https://thewriteagenda.wordpress.com/2013/02/07/dissention-on-the-rise-within-the-science-fiction-fantasy-writers-sfwa-scalzis-departure-raises-concern-about-undesirable-presidential-candidates-and-the-future-of-writer-beware/

Mashugana – Wiktionary. (n.d.). In Wiktionary, the free dictionary. Retrieved from http://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/mashugana

One Word a Day with Ed Trimnell: Vox Day vs. the John Scalzi echo chamber. (n.d.). One Word a Day with Ed Trimnell. Retrieved from http://onewordtrimnell.blogspot.com/2013/01/vox-day-vs-john-scalzi-echo-chamber.html

Passion Blew II: The Case Against Victoria Strauss, Ann “A.C.” Crispin, Writer Beware & Others: The Write Agenda: 9781482538588: Amazon.com: Books. (n.d.). Amazon.com: Online Shopping for Electronics, Apparel, Computers, Books, DVDs & more. Retrieved from http://www.amazon.com/Passion-Blew-II-Victoria-C/dp/148253858X/ref=sr_1_2?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1362745709&sr=1-2&keywords=passion+blew

Sci-Fi Writer Donates Money Every Time Anti-Equality Troll Comments On His Site / Queerty. (n.d.). Queerty. Retrieved from http://www.queerty.com/john-scalzi-counteract-a-bigot-20130208/#comments

Tate Publishing & Enterprises, LLC Slams Author P.N. Elrod With a “Another” Cease & Desist Order | The Write Agenda™. (n.d.). The Write Agenda™ | We scrutinize claims made by others in the publishing industry to evaluate the transparency and accuracy of their reporting. Retrieved from https://thewriteagenda.wordpress.com/2013/01/11/tate-publishing-enterprises-llc-slams-author-p-n-elrod-with-a-another-cease-desist-order/

THE 2013 SFWA PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION: HYPOCRISY, HERESY & HATE (PART II) | The Write Agenda™. (n.d.). The Write Agenda™ | We scrutinize claims made by others in the publishing industry to evaluate the transparency and accuracy of their reporting. Retrieved from https://thewriteagenda.wordpress.com/2013/03/01/the-2013-sfwa-presidential-election-hypocrisy-heresy-hate-part-ii/

THE 2013 SFWA PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION: HYPOCRISY, HERESY & HATE (PART III) | The Write Agenda™. (n.d.). The Write Agenda™ | We scrutinize claims made by others in the publishing industry to evaluate the transparency and accuracy of their reporting. Retrieved from https://thewriteagenda.wordpress.com/2013/03/03/the-2013-sfwa-presidential-election-hypocrisy-heresy-hate-part-iii/

The Case Against AUTHOR SOLUTIONS, INC: Iowa Retains Media/Non-Media Distinction, Leaving Bloggers Vulnerable | The Write Agenda™. (n.d.). The Write Agenda™ | We scrutinize claims made by others in the publishing industry to evaluate the transparency and accuracy of their reporting. Retrieved from https://thewriteagenda.wordpress.com/2013/02/28/the-case-against-author-solutions-inc-iowa-retains-medianon-media-distinction-leaving-bloggers-vulnerable/

The Write Agenda: Author P.N. Elrod Apparent Subject of “Cease and Desist” Letters. (n.d.).The Write Agenda. Retrieved from http://thewriteagenda.blogspot.com/2011/08/author-pn-elrod-apparent-subject-of.html

Theodore Beale Starting to Look “Presidential”: How Not to be SFWA President | The Write Agenda™. (n.d.). The Write Agenda™ | We scrutinize claims made by others in the publishing industry to evaluate the transparency and accuracy of their reporting. Retrieved from https://thewriteagenda.wordpress.com/2013/03/08/theodore-beale-starting-to-look-presidential-how-not-to-be-sfwa-president/

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

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

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

–         John Scalzi

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

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

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

–         John Scalzi

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

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

–         John Scalzi

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

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

–         John Scalzi

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

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

 –         John Scalzi

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

COMING SOON:

Part IV: Organizational Partisanship & Biasness: The Need for Change

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REFERENCES

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

Dissention on the Rise Within the Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers (SFWA): Scalzi’s Departure Raises Concern About Undesirable Presidential Candidate(s) and the Future of Writer Beware™ | The Write Agenda™. (n.d.). The Write Agenda™ | We scrutinize claims made by others in the publishing industry to evaluate the transparency and accuracy of their reporting. Retrieved from https://thewriteagenda.wordpress.com/2013/02/07/dissention-on-the-rise-within-the-science-fiction-fantasy-writers-sfwa-scalzis-departure-raises-concern-about-undesirable-presidential-candidates-and-the-future-of-writer-beware/

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

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

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

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

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Atlanta Nights: Filmmaker Rachael Saltzman & the Failure to Produce Support

In A.C., A.C. Crispin, Ann "A.C." Crispin, Ann Crispin, Atlanta Nights, Cretella v. Kuzminski, Crispin, DEFAMATION: Cretella v. Kuzminski: The Case Against Preditors & Editors David L. Kuzminski, James D. MacDonald, Patrick Niclsen-Hayden, Publish America, PublishAmerica, Rachael Saltzman, Scam, Scams, Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers Association, SFWA, Teresa Nielsen Hayden, The Write Agenda, Travis Tea, Untraditional Publishing, Victor Cretella, Victoria Strauss, Writer Beware, Writer Beware & Others, Writers, Yog's Law on February 18, 2013 at 9:03 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>.

Dissention on the Rise Within the Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers (SFWA): Scalzi’s Departure Raises Concern About Undesirable Presidential Candidate(s) and the Future of Writer Beware™

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

Victoria Strauss on Facebook 2/1/13

Normally, the members of the SWFA and Writer Beware™ cast their aspersions on publishers, literary agents or their critics. In the wake of SFWA President, John “No Balls” Scalzi’s announcement that his current term, which ends on June 30, will be his last, they are attacking their own members this time . . . and it’s getting very ugly.

In the mist of the controversy is SFWA member, and author, Theodore Beale. Beale recently announced his candidacy for the post being vacated by John “No Balls” Scalzi. One thing that has become very clear, especially from those that have the most to lose (e.g. Victoria Strauss etc.) he’s (Beale) a serious threat to the “cultish” status quo of the SFWA.

“ . . . . [H]aving been a member on and off (currently on) for well over a decade, I’ve gradually come to the conclusion that the downside of it far outweighs the positives. SFWA has become a cult, dedicated first and foremost to the preservation of the cult. It has increasingly little to do with creativity, commerce, or the actual business of science fiction.”

 Patrick Nielsen Hayden

Husband of Teresa Nielsen Hayden

Scalzi, in his departure discourses, has stated the following: 1) that he’s “delighted and honored to [have served his] fellow science fiction and fantasy writers; 2) that he “had a hell of a lot of fun” and 3) that he “published three novels during [his] tenure” as President of the SFWA. These are pretty lame statements to be making while exiting an organization. Exactly how did Scalzi serve the members? Sure, on an author’s salary, getting free meal tickets (at the expense of dues-paying members) can in fact be “a hell of a lot of fun.” In addition, the audacity of Scalzi to even mention the publication of three new books when, in fact, there were overdue compliance issues and tax filings that required more attention for the SFWA. So, either it takes very little effort to actually write a Scalzi book or Scalzi’s presidency was more akin to the half-hypnotized, “do-nothing” Peter Gibbons in the movie Office Space. Scalzi’s blog, entitled Whatever, clearly seems to support the notion of his lackluster performance as President and how he approached the day-to-day business of the SFWA. Moreover, it appears that Scalzi is more likely a man of words  . . .  not a man of action. Author Jim Hines hinted that this post has its challenges . . . it may be that Scalzi is simply burned-out. (Note: He recently took a cruise [i.e.  “I need a vacation.”] with his wife and committed not to be on the Internet for 10+ days . . .  sound like a burn-out?) Beale also has been critical of Scalzi’s authorship and of the SFWA:

 “I do not wish to have what passes for John Scalzi’s stature in the science fiction field.  If I had any desire to write unoriginal and derivative takes on Heinlein, Dick, Piper, and Star Trek, I would do so.”

–          Theodore Beale

Most outgoing officers of organizations will tout their personal accomplishments and successes. “No Balls” Scalzi’s discourse appears to be devoid of delineating any accomplishments. Moreover, it appears that his term in office was nothing more than a self-serving, self-indulgent and self-promotion opportunity. Seriously, what did “No Balls” Scalzi accomplish?  His dialog almost seems analogous to SFWA member Robin Wayne Bailey, who stated: “I do it for power and popularity. It’s all about the power. And the popularity.[sic] Really. It used to be about fame, fortune and free sex.” Yes, this is the face of your current SFWA.

If “No Balls” Scalzi accomplished anything at all it was bringing the SFWA into compliance by finally assuring that the Annual Reports and Federal tax returns were completed. The organization, which does have one full-time employee (paid), was non-compliant in this regard for years.

2012 appears to have been a busy year for compliance filings for the SFWA. The Secretary of the Commonwealth, Corporations Division of Massachusetts received six years  (Yes, six years.) of Annual Reports from the SFWA’s Treasurer’s (there’s been several elected and none of them appear to have been capable to fulfill the duties that they were elected to execute; e.g. filing a posted-dated “Annual Report” for 2001 in 2012? 11 years late?)  Really, what does “annual” mean? If Scalzi and the one full-time employee can’t get the job done . . .  who can?

Filed on November 1, 2012 were the “Annual Reports” for 2001, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2012 on behalf of the SFWA . In addition, our research has also confirmed that the SFWA had not filed federal tax returns (Form 990) for 2009, 2010 or 2011. We recently posted the updated Tax Returns which were “filed” during 2012. Note the date stamps of the IRS; not the date in the signature line. See Science Fiction Writers of America – Tax Returns.

Who should be held accountable for the lack of timely reporting? Its President, John ScalziScalzi, in our opinion, appears to be more interested in self-promotion, selling his books (which he’s doing a great job of) and pompously celebrating his status as president of the SFWA; while doing absolutely nothing . . .  NOTHING . . .  to enforce the fiduciary responsibilities of the SFWA’s officers as well as his own duties. Scalzi, who has historically been elected on marginal votes, completely ignored his fiduciary responsibilities to the SFWA and its membership.

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

This is the perfect time for a shake up within the SFWA and Writer Beware™.

Victoria Strauss’s Reactions to Theodore Beale’s Candidacy

“If he did win, he’d be like the dog that caught the car–Holy shit. This wasn’t supposed to happen. What do I do now?

–          Victoria Strauss

Pointing her Facebook friends to a blog posting by the always over-reactive Jim Hines, Victoria Strauss has now has launched her own hate and a “Get Out the Vote” Campaign against Theodore Beale. Strauss stated: “My cat would be the better choice. And my cat is dead.” Speaking of “dead cats,” let’s not forget that it was Strauss and Ann “A.C.” Crispin, the “watchdogs” of the SFWA sponsored Writer Beware™, that failed to report the Charles E. Petit scandal visited on the John Steinbeck Estate. Petit was one of their own, as is Beale, and was at one time the attorney for the SFWA . . . prior to being disbarred. The mere fact that Strauss has come out swinging against Beale (and not Petit) appears to indicate that Beale’s candidacy is something more than an idle concern to her . . . it’s more likely a threat to her position with Writer Beware™. It’s interesting to watch Strauss & Company treat their own members as vermin and with the same disrespect for the “trolls” on the Absolute Water Cooler forum. (Also See: American Book Publishing “Investigation” Research Released: No Proof of Victoria Strauss’ Claims.)

Strauss, who rarely makes public appearances, unless they are online, has never indicated what her day job or true occupation actually is. Judging by the copious daily Internet postings it’s likely that she doesn’t have one. Her income has to come from other sources or a sugar daddy; it’s certainly not from book sales (based on her sales rankings). (Note: Interestingly Strauss’ Amazon Rankings are pale compared to Beale’s.) There has to be a hidden agenda to Strauss’ heightened concerns. Would a Beale Presidency threaten the continued existence of Writer Beware™? We could only hope so.

Both Strauss and Ann “A.C.” Crispin have served more than their fair share of time as the administrators of Writer Beware™. Moreover, Crispin is in the middle of a very aggressive battle with cancer and her continued contribution to the site is highly questionable. Therefore, one can reasonably assume that a possible vacancy at Writer Beware™ may be on the horizon.

Regardless of whoever eventually wins the election as President, it is readily apparent that change within the SFWA and Writer Beware™ is both timely and necessary. Considering Strauss’ strong emphasis on how “IMPORTANT” this election is, it’s a very clear indication that her post may be in jeopardy. However, change would bring about more responsible reporting of literary scams and move Writer Beware™ back into a credible and worthwhile resource for the publishing industry; something that it has lacked for a long time.

Considering that both Strauss and Crispin have utilized Writer Beware™ for self-promotion purposes. It’s time for new blood and it’s time for Strauss and Crispin to have the ovaries to step down. John “No-Balls “Scalzi’s words are most appropriate and should be heeded:

“I also believe that SFWA as an organization is not well-served by its leadership role remaining static for too long. It’s time to let someone else take the wheel.” [Emphasis added]

–          John Scalzi

Public criticism of the internal processes and workings of the SFWA (and Writer Beware™) are vital to this election process. It is rare for those within the SFWA to be so openly critical. Nevertheless, it should prove to be quite entertaining to monitor. Considering that Scalzi was voted in on only 11% of the members votes, hopefully this will result in a higher voter turnout. Moreover, we pray that the process puts dedicated and responsible officers in place for the organization.

We expect this heated debate to continue and anticipate that others will join the race for President of the SFWA. Whether he wins or not, Theodore Beale may be the right candidate to bring about the necessary change. We fail to find this opportunity “scary.” Whatever.

REFERENCES & ADDITIONAL READING

“Absolute Write (MacAllister Stone) . . . is it ran out of a rental storage unit? Are Authors Paying the Rent via Google Ads? « The Write Agenda™.” The Write Agenda™. N.p., n.d. Web. 6 Feb. 2013.

“DEFAMATION: Cretella v. Kuzminski: The Case Against Preditors & Editors David L. Kuzminski: The Write Agenda: 9781482354607: Amazon.com: Books.” Amazon.com: Online Shopping for Electronics, Apparel, Computers, Books, DVDs & more. N.p., n.d. Web. 6 Feb. 2013.

“Letter to the Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers of America « The Write Agenda™.” The Write Agenda™. N.p., n.d. Web. 6 Feb. 2013.

“Office Space.” Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. N.p., n.d. Web. 6 Feb. 2013.

“Passion Blew!: Scamming the John Steinbeck Estate: The Case Against Attorney Charles E. Petit The Former Attorney for the Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers of America: The Friends of Nancy Steinbeck: 9781482095159: Amazon.com: Books.” Amazon.com: Online Shopping for Electronics, Apparel, Computers, Books, DVDs & more. N.p., n.d. Web. 6 Feb. 2013.

“Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers (SFWA) « The Write Agenda™.” The Write Agenda™. N.p., n.d. Web. 6 Feb. 2013.

“Science Fiction Writers of America – Tax Returns – 2010, 2011 & 2012 « The Write Agenda™.” The Write Agenda™. N.p., n.d. Web. 6 Feb. 2013.

“Search Results sfwa – Whatever.” Whatever. N.p., n.d. Web. 6 Feb. 2013.

“Theodore Beale.” Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. N.p., n.d. Web. 6 Feb. 2013.

“Vox Popoli.” Web. 6 Feb. 2013.

“Vox Popoli: Rabbits gonna rabbit.” Vox Popoli. N.p., n.d. Web. 6 Feb. 2013.

PUBLICATIONS OF THE WRITE AGENDA™

DEFAMATION: Cretella v. Kuzminski: The Case Against Preditors & Editors David L. Kuzminski

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Passion Blew!: Scamming the John Steinbeck Estate: The Case Against Attorney Charles E. Petit The Former Attorney for the Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers of America

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[Note: David L. Kuzminski died of an apparent heart attack on August 13, 2013; 24 days prior to the death of Writer Beware’s Ann “A.C.” Crispin.]