Skip navigation
This discussion is archived
14,917 Views 21 Replies Last post: Sep 27, 2011 6:21 AM by AudreyD RSS Go to original post
  1 2 Previous Next
Level 0 2 posts since
Jun 8, 2011
Currently Being Moderated
15. Jun 8, 2011 8:00 PM in response to: anncrispin
Re: Hiring a publicist.

Why do you continue to knowingly provide false information on this company Ann?


Unfortunately you and your sci fi fantasy fiction writer friends Victoria Strauss and David Kuzminski continue to spread false information about this company. You have convinced some others not to list them, and many more to believe your smear campaign is factual without any of you providing any evidence or facts? I'm not surprised that RicoCrossfire would find them on many pages and then assume the gossip you generated must be true.


Fortunately in the last few months the writers group "Write Agenda" has done a formal investigation of both the American Book Publishing and Writers Beware. They have discovered the facts and provided the detailed documentation that clears American Book Publishing from all the false allegations you have made about them over the last decade. Neither you, nor your friends have provided any documentation to support your false statements or dispute the findings of your own investigation over at Write Agenda.


The truth is finally out Ann, it's time to update your volunteer Internet page information and be honest about it now. You have been misrepresented yourselves to the writers community as unbiased and truthful and are about already discovered and real scams, but you slip in some false info once in a while to harm a good company. You've been caught telling some big lies now about this company and it's time to drop the false statements and apologize for your personal smear campaign. American Book Publishing has not dignified your personal attack with a response; instead they did something I've not seen other publishers willing to do. They provided over 400 author references of authors after they published them, over the last decade to speak for them about the high quality of services they have provided. Ann show me another company that is willing to produce even half as many author references with full names, titles and book covers on the Internet for everyone to see if you want to continue this dialog?


Your and Victoria's allegations are always vague, never stated in a manner that a credible journalist would provide. No what, who, when, why or where basic reporting facts any credible reporter would provide when making such serious allegations? Why not provide any of these details Ann in your reports or comments about American Book Publishing if your statements were true? It's obvious to trained reporters that it is because yours are fictional statements like the fictional books you write. Even in this little discussion for example you report falsely that the company requires X number of copies of their books be purchased by authors.


How many is X Ann?  Do you have one of their book contracts that state they require book purchases? If so how many do they require? Show us their contract Ann that states book orders are required, or at least that clause in the contract to show that they require authors order to order X number of books? You don't because you can't, because it is not true. It is true that American Book Publishing does offer authors books at a discount in bulk for direct sales, events, to give away, etc. but what traditional book publisher today doesn't make that an option for their authors? You twist the information about what happens normally in the publishing industry to try to make this company look bad for some personal reason to writers not experienced in this industry. The fact that you don't state specifics or back up your allegations with any facts, or support documentation, should lead most people to the conclusion you are not a credible or unbiased journalist or reporter and you and Victoria Strauss have a personal ax to grind against this company. Or perhaps you work like Burson-Marseteller in planting negative stories for a competitor, like that company did for Facebook against Google. Not sure why you plant that false info, but since the tuth is exposed, I hope you come clean and begin speaking the the truth supported by facts, when ever you make comments about another person or company.

Level 0 3 posts since
Jun 9, 2011
Currently Being Moderated
17. Jun 9, 2011 5:45 AM in response to: Ricocrossfire
Re: Hiring a publicist.



Yes, that has been requested in addition to this letter to the SFWA



DATE: April 13, 2011

TO: Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers of America, Officers, John Scalazi, Mary Robinette Kowal, Robert J. Howe, Amy Sterling Casil, Bud Sparhaw, Lee Martindale, Jim Fiscus, & Sean Williams

In re: James D. MacDonald, Ann “A.C.” Crispin and Victoria Strauss

It is with great concern that we present this letter. There have been several issues that we have raised recently that question the credibility and integrity of the Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers of America (SFWA). These issues center primarily around three individuals: James D. MacDonald, Ann “A.C.” Crispin and Victoria Strauss. All three of these individuals frequently and aggressive pontificate their association with the SFWA. Frankly, we feel that their recent online activities have become a liability and an embarrassment to your organization. To wit:

James D. MacDonald recently posted on the AbsoluteWrite blog:

“But only if she strips down to bra-and-panties first.”

Ann “A.C.” Crispin, in making a statement about Strategic Book Group’s President, Robert Fletcher, misused the Jewish term “Mitzvah” and stated:

“I have no doubt that Writer Beware’s and Absolute Write’s and P&E’s warnings are costing Bouncing Bobby business…and I couldn’t be more delighted. To me it’s a mitzvah, I think that’s the term, to the entire universe of aspiring writers to tell them the truth about Robert Fletcher and his schemes, not to mention scams.”

This statement has angered many Jewish people and prompted the posting of several rabbinical responses on the subject.

Most egregiously, are the accusations that “American Book Publishing has been the focus of at least one police investigation.” As you know, this quote is posted on the SFWA site and appears to be related to the following post by Victoria Strauss:

“I’m beginning to also conclude that perhaps what the company stated in their defense to me is much more true and likely. That you made a phone call to a police department and then falsely reported it as a ‘police investigation of the company’ to shock and scare their authors into contacting you with their worries and attracted their most inexperienced authors.” And why would I do such a thing? Mr. Wentworth claimed to know the truth: ‘I asked the company the same questions I asked you, and they stated that you had tried to get on their payroll as contract administrator and when they refused you, you followed up on your threat to post this false report.’” (Emphasis added)

We have conducted research and have contacted every conceivable law enforcement agency in the State of Utah (the home of American Book Publishing) and have not found any information that confirms  that this organization was ever investigated. Based on this research, our Freedom of Information Requests (FOIA) and Victoria Strauss’ intentional avoidance to personally address these issues, it would lead one to conclude that these allegations are false, defamatory, actionable and slanderous. Moreover, it causes one to question the credibility of all postings regarding literary agents and publishers that have not been appropriately vetted by primary source material on your sponsored sites.

In addition, this quote from Robin Wayne Bailey, on your site raises the brow of a common person considering membership in your organization:

“I do it for power and popularity. It’s all about the power. And the popularity. Really. It used to be about fame, fortune and free sex.”

Conceptually, we agree with the premise of your watchdog efforts. However, personal objectives, agendas, conflicts of interest and the quest for revenge appear to have run afoul. In addition, the use of the SFWA resources, by these individuals, to self-promote is despicable and are questionable practices for any non-profit organization to support and be engaged in. Clearly, there are readily apparent conflicts of interest.

Your By-Laws state as follows:

Section 10. Expulsion of Member. The officers of the Corporation may, by unanimous vote, expel any member for good and sufficient cause.

Based on the circumstances listed above, we believe that there is “good and sufficient cause” for the expulsion of each of the members listed above. At the minimum, some form of disciplinary action should ensue for the disgrace and disingenuous activities that they have engaged in; not to mention the dishonor they have brought upon the organization.

Other proposed actions:

  • Reorganize and restructure the watchdog group and enlist unbiased/objective officers to bring back integrity to the organization.
  • Implement appropriate fact-findings procedures that actually validate claims.
  • Remove the current officers of the SFWA watchdog groups from their responsibilities.
  • Delete the false, slanderous and defamatory allegations regarding American Book Publishing and other publishers/agents if the information is not supported by primary source material.
  • Force and compel Victoria Stauss to admit or deny that  her actions against American Book Publishing were in retaliation to her attempt to get on the payroll of American Book Publishing.
  • Force and compel Victoria Strauss to admit or deny that these postings were the result of her following up on a threat to post a false report.
  • Force and compel Victoria Strauss to admit or deny the veracity of the statements made against American Book Publishing.


The Write Agenda

Level 0 3 posts since
Jun 9, 2011
Currently Being Moderated
18. Jun 9, 2011 6:03 AM in response to: Ricocrossfire
Re: Hiring a publicist.



Go to this link:


While you may see no reason for them to lie on the surface, it may be worth your time to review this information and make an independent conclusion regarding motives.


Topics include:



The Video: Amherst Nights: An Animated Interview with Victoria Strauss



Victoria Strauss Goes from "Watchdog" to "Weinerdog" - How the Selective Use of Research Material Can Damage Your Reputation: Victoria Strauss Cites another Police Investigation Regarding a Publisher . . . This Time it's Correct and TRUE!

American Book Publishing "Investigation" Research Released: No Proof of Victoria Strauss' Claims

A Note to New Authors . . . is Victoria Strauss Lying?

Victoria Strauss, Throwing Stones from a Glass House?

Letter to the Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers of America

Victoria Strauss, Running From Demons . . .

Victoria Strauss Continues to Evade Questions Regarding "Investigation"

Pressure on Victoria Strauss to Address "Investigation" Continues

Searching the "Elsewheres" - The Strauss Paradox: How the Validation of the Author has Changed

UPDATED: April 4, 2011 - Boycott & Petition, Victoria Strauss' Books: Request to Reveal Evidence of "Investigation"

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

Victoria Strauss Titles, Current & Lifetime Amazon Sales Rankings

Update, April 21, 2011: Victoria Strauss Claims Amazon Rankings Are Not A Reliable Sales Indicator

Updated, April 21, 2011: American Book Publishing, "Police Investigation" Victoria Strauss Fairy Tale?

COMING SOON: American Book Publishing, Was There a "Police Investigation" or is this a Victoria Strauss Fairy Tale?

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


Message was edited by: TWA-NiNJA


Message was edited by: TWA-NiNJA

Level 0 3 posts since
Jun 9, 2011
Currently Being Moderated
19. Jun 9, 2011 6:18 AM in response to: anncrispin
Re: Hiring a publicist.

Go to The Write Agenda and read up on how we have challenged Writer Beware, and how to recognize the difference between a truth and fiction. Ms. Crispin has alluded to a fallacious idea (that is true in some circumstances) regarding the flow of money to an author. Click here for more information.


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

James D. MacDonald

Video: Dispelling the Myth Behind Yog’s Law: The Fallacies with the Flow of Money to Authors

Author and publishing watchdog James D. MacDonald has in times gone by proclaimed that ”Money should flow toward the author,” better known as Yog’s Law. In today’s day and age this law holds true if, and only if, an author is traditionally published. Once an author reaches a predetermined limit of rejection letters, following the submission of their manuscript, a value determination needs to be made. Should the manuscript be re-written? Or, if the author still believes in the manuscript and its marketability, they may decide to turn to non-traditional publishing sources. This is the cross-road where “Yog’s Law” terminates; at least temporarily. To wit:

“Self-publishing is the part of the map where the author hires the editor, hires the cover artist, the typesetter, the proofreader, contracts the printer, buys the ISBN, arranges distribution, promotion, marketing, and carries out every other aspect of publishing. What you need to recall is that while the author is the publisher, “publisher” and “author” are separate roles. One of the classic mistakes I see with self-published authors is that they don’t put “paying the author” in their business plan as an expense. The money still needs to move from one pocket to another. Those pockets may be in the same pair of pants, but that movement must be in the business plan, and it has to happen.” (Emphasis Added)

- James D. MacDonald

The difference here is very similar to a sports analogy. The author tried out for the major league and was cut. Once the decision is made to go to non-traditional sources (check your ego) you’re a minor league player and you’re in a “pay-to-play” environment. Inherent in this personal choice are risks, investments of financial resources and investments of personal resources . . . mostly time. It is the attention to detail on these investments that result in the success or failure of an author’s book. Most importantly, it is the key difference between the traditional and non-traditional published author. The author’s responsibilities weigh heavily on actively securing a return on their investment, goals and objectives. Then, and only then, will money “flow toward the author.” This route is certainly not a bar, assuming that an author has produced a well-written and marketable book, for later success as an author in the traditional market. Many authors have successfully made the leap from the minor league to the major league having first gone the non-traditional route. Under this scenario, “Yog’s law” may have some validity.

“If you can’t afford to put 10-15% of the cover price of every copy sold into a separate savings account, you can’t afford to self-publish.”

- James D. MacDonald

We will soon be publishing a white paper on this subject. For now, the flow chart below (click on image to enlarge) will walk you through this process and illustrate fallacies behind “Yog’s Law.”

Click here to take the Yog’s Law Pop Quiz.


“James D. MacDonald.” Wikipedia, the Free Encyclopedia. Web. 19 Apr. 2011. <>.

MacDonald, James D.. “Learn Writing with Uncle Jim, Volume 2 – Page 63 – Absolute Write Water Cooler.” Absolute Write. N.p., n.d. Web. 21 Apr. 2011. <>.

MacDonald, James D. “Making Light: Yog’s Law.” Patrick & Teresa Nielsen Hayden. 21 Apr. 2011. Web. 26 Apr. 2011. <>.

Level 4 1,466 posts since
Mar 19, 2010
Currently Being Moderated
20. Jun 9, 2011 6:22 AM in response to: TWA-NiNJA
Re: Hiring a publicist.

You don't have to convience me, I won't be using your services now or ever.




Level 0 1 posts since
Sep 27, 2011
Currently Being Moderated
21. Sep 27, 2011 6:21 AM in response to: TWA-NiNJA
Re: Hiring a publicist.

TWA-NiNJA has been positively identified as C. Lee Nunn of American Book Publishing.


That is all.


More Like This

  • Retrieving data ...