Writer beware Ann Crispin Victoria Strauss The Write Agenda Passion Blue Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers SFWA John Scalzi Making Light Catherine Schaff-Stump cath best sellers thumbs down ac crispin a.c. crispin The burning land The awakened city The Garden of the Stone Guardian of the hills The Arm of the Stone Absolute Write Water Cooler Preditors & Editors Dave Kuzminski Jenna Glatzer James D. Macdonald Prof. Jim Fisher A Newbie’s Guide to Publishing A Writer’s Life Author! Author! Bookslut Booksquare Buzz, Balls, & Hype Dear Author GalleyCat How Publishing Really Works Making Light Passive Voice PersonaNonData POD, Self-Publishing and Independent Publishing The Book Publicity Blog The Query Project The Rejecter The Rejectionist The Synopsis Project Anna Louise Genoese Behler Blog Editorial Anonymous Editorial Ass Evil Editor Ashley Grayson Book Cannibal BookEnds Chip MacGregor Crowe’s Nest Dystel & Goderich Janet Reid Jennifer Jackson John Jarrold Lucienne Diver Nathan Bransford Noah Lukeman Pub Rants Rachelle Gardner The Knight Agency The Swivet The Zack Company Absolute Write Water Cooler Agent Research & Evaluation AgentQuery.com Author Assist Backspace Cynthia Leitich Smith’s Children’s and YA Resources Preditors & Editors Publishers Marketplace Query Shark QueryTracker The Rejectionist Writing-World.com Starbridge

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5/2/12

The Write Agenda

ALERT: John Steinbeck Family Defrauded by Writer Beware™ & SFWA Attorney: The 2007 Scam that Writer Beware™ Didn’t Report . . . Why?

Posted 10/24/11: American Book Publishing: No Case, No Criminal Contact & No Legal Action Taken

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

Victoria Strauss Reaches 666 Facebook Fans: The Satanic Association is Worth Noting

Victoria Strauss Critical of Indie Authors Successes: The Voice of Envy

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

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

Bauer vs. Glatzer et. al. – Summary of Allegations Against the Named Defendants

The Price of Loyalty to Crispin, Macdonald & Strauss: Participating in Propaganda Leads to Low Amazon Sales Rankings

21 Reasons to Not Trust Victoria Strauss

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

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

Victoria Strauss: The Anthony Weiner Scandal is a BS Story; Weinerdog Still Shows no Compunction for the Truth

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?

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BOYCOTT IMPACT STATEMENT – TARGET: The Price of Freedom (Pirates of the Caribbean) by A.C. Crispin

 

Date Current Rank Lifetime Average Worst Rank
8/13/2011 101,351 2,353,118 10,051,407
       

  Note:

Rank Copies Sold/day
1 3000
10 650
100 100
1000 13
10,000 2.2 (11 copies every 5 days)
100,000 0.2 (1 copy every 5 days)
1,000,000 0.006 (3 copies every 500 days)
2,000,000 0.0001 (1 copy every 1000 days)

 

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The Arm of the Stone – Reviews (Victoria Strauss)

“I picked this book up shortly before boarding a trans-US flight, not expecting much except that it would help pass the 5+ hours trapped in coach . . . . Ms. Strauss has created an interesting world, with some innovative ideas, but never really goes anywhere with it. I, personally, did not find the characters all that interesting, nor did I notice any development, despite the fact that the story takes place over the span of several years. In the end, this was just another, decent fantasy work. A good way to pass the time, but not something worth reading twice.” (Amazon Review)

“Poor and disappointing . . . . I was hoping for something enchanting but unfortunately the only unusual thing about this story was that it was deeply disappointing. When you have a plot centring around the chaos caused by the invention of a new kind of plow you know that a book is not going to be troubling Hollywood any time soon. Usually the staple of stories like these are more dramatic and epic quests of good against bad, of world’s torn apart – not a badly plotted crisis brought on by a plow. This made this story more unintentionally comic than dramatic for me. The overblown and overwritten synopsis by the author should have been warning enough for fans of the genre like me to steer clear: ‘when Bron’s brother invents a new kind of plow-an unpardonable heresy in the world of the Guardians-the Arm of the Stone reaches in once again.’ Not recommended, unless you like unintentional comedies. (Amazon Review)

 

References

http://www.amazon.co.uk/product-reviews/0380797518/ref=cm_cr_pr_hist_2?ie=UTF8&showViewpoints=0&filterBy=addTwoStar

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The Garden of the Stone – Reviews (Victoria Strauss)

“ . . . . [A]s I read the story, I did not find myself bonding with either Caraid or Konstant, the main characters. I really didn’t care for either of them. Although, over time I did get to like them a little, I didn’t find either of them very likeable characters. And Bron doesn’t really play a very large part of this story. I also had a couple of problems with the storytelling. First…it was extremely slow. Very little action, except for 20 pages near the end of the story, caused me not to get really involved with the story. Secondly, I found this to be what I call a “descriptive” story. Most of the story is a description. There is very little talking in this story by the character. Personally, I like a lot of talking. For these two reasons, I struggled to read this story . . . . “ (Reading Review)

“It bothers me to see fantasy authors relying on capital letters and other worn cliches to impart interest. Strauss’s first novel showed some promise, but she loses steam here, resorting to the standard dialog patterns and melodramatic mood music to tell what is basically a trite tale in new clothes. The price is probably right. It’s the time you might waste that you have to factor in when making the decision to purchase this. I wouldn’t.” (Amazon Review)

“I thought . . . this one felt rushed and ill-conceived. There was far too much time wasted on long, in-depth conversations in which psuedo-medievel men process their pain. Also, the author builds tension in several parts of the story, but lets it dissipate each time . . .  the whole book feels perfunctory, as though she wasn’t interested in writing it . . . . I won’t be recommending this one.” (Amazon Review)

“The plot is okay . . . . But, the book fails to be compelling. The heroine Cariad is very one-faceted and fails to elicit sympathy I kept wishing she would be tortured more during her captivity because I was so tired of her having been exposed to characters of her ilk half a dozen times before. Speaking of torture, just about every character in the book has some sort of a dark past which supposedly explains their present. Unfortunately, when the past is finally revealled, I couldn’t help feeling let down, as in, “that was the big deal?” Truth to tell, I have been disappointed by most of the fantasy I read lately. I guess I’ll just have to bear it until George R.R. Martin sends out another installment.” (Amazon Review)

“As much as I have been looking forward to this book, sequel to The Arm of the Stone, I was quite disappointed with much of it.” (The Ossus Library Review)

“ . . . [T]he book suffers from its unrelieved grimness. Not one spark of humor lightens the book’s sternly sober plot. And this sheer starkness made the reading tough going — for me at least . . . . [W]hen I reached the end of Garden of the Stone, I immediately reached for my old copy of Alexi Panshin’s Starwell to hang out with the Trog for awhile. Thurb… thurb… thur…” (Cresent Blues Review)

“Phoenixpick.com freebie of April 2011. Having real trouble getting into this – i just can’t work out why the “bad guys” are nasty and evil. Yes, there is corruption and nastiness in general – but why is the institution of baddies worthy of being taken down . . . . So here it’s really falling flat for me. . . . . Now finished. Never really got into it – the only reason I finished as I was stuck waiting for a meeting to finish and it overran, majorly. “ (GoodReads Review)

 

References

http://www.readingreview.com/fantasy/gardenofthestone.html

http://www.goodreads.com/review/show/160464217

http://www.crescentblues.com/3_1issue/garden_of_stone.shtml

http://ossuslibrary.tripod.com/Bk_Fantasy/GardenoftheStone.htm

http://www.amazon.com/Garden-Stone-Victoria-Strauss/product-reviews/0380797526/ref=cm_cr_pr_hist_2?ie=UTF8&showViewpoints=0&filterBy=addTwoStar

http://www.amazon.com/Garden-Stone-Victoria-Strauss/product-reviews/0380797526/ref=cm_cr_pr_hist_3?ie=UTF8&showViewpoints=0&filterBy=addThreeStar

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James D. Macdonald & Debra Doyle Boycotted Books

James D. Macdonald & Debra Doyle

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Philologos; or, A Murder in Bistrita (Land of Mist and Snow) Debra Doyle Madhouse Manor April 28, 2011
My Favorite Fantasy Story VARIOUS Daw August 1, 2000
Crossover Debra Doyle Madhouse Manor May 5, 2011
Two from the Mageworlds James D. Macdonald Madhouse Manor May 5, 2011
Bad Blood Debra Doyle Madhouse Manor July 12, 2011
The Confessions of Peter Crossman James D. Macdonald Madhouse Manor September 14, 2010
Holly and Ivy Debra Doyle Madhouse Manor June 15, 2011
Judgment Night (Bad Blood) Debra Doyle Madhouse Manor July 9, 2011
Hunters’ Moon (Bad Blood) Debra Doyle Madhouse Manor July 28, 2011
Ecdysis (Orville Nesbit) Debra Doyle Madhouse Manor May 5, 2011
Up the Airy Mountain (Bad Blood) James D. Macdonald Madhouse Manor June 15, 2011
Der Preis der Sterne 1: Die Kommandantin (German Edition) Debra Doyle Blanvalet Taschenbuch Verlag June 21, 2011
Witch Garden and Other Stories Debra Doyle Madhouse Manor June 15, 2011
Remailer Debra Doyle Madhouse Manor May 5, 2011
Jenny Nettles Debra Doyle Madhouse Manor May 5, 2011
A Tremble in the Air (Orville Nesbit) James D. Macdonald Madhouse Manor May 5, 2011
The Maker’s Shelf Debra Doyle Madhouse Manor June 15, 2011
The Price of the Stars: Book One of Mageworlds Debra Doyle Tor Science Fiction October 15, 1992
Starpilot’s Grave (Mageworlds, Book 2) Debra Doyle Tor Science Fiction June 15, 1993
By Honor Betray’D (Mageworlds, Book 3) Debra Doyle Tor Science Fiction July 15, 1994
The Wizard’s Castle (Circle of Magic, Book 5) Debra Doyle Troll Communications March 15, 2001
The Gathering Flame: The Prequel to Mageworlds (Mageworlds, No 4) Debra Doyle Tor Books July 1, 1995
The Long Hunt (Mageworlds) Debra Doyle Tor Books August 1, 1996
The Wizard’s Statue (Circle Of Magic, Book 3) Debra Doyle Troll Communications October 15, 2000
A Working of Stars (Mageworlds) Debra Doyle Tor Books April 20, 2002
Danger In The Palace (Circle Of Magic, Book 4) Debra Doyle Troll Communications October 15, 2000
The Stars Asunder: A New Novel of the Mageworlds Debra Doyle Tor Science Fiction June 15, 2000
School of Wizardry Debra ; James d. MacDonald Doyle Scholastic N.A.
Knight’s Wyrd (Magic Carpet Books) Debra Doyle Graphia February 15, 1997
Secret of the Tower Debra ; James d. MacDonald Doyle Scholastic N.A.
The Apocalypse Door (Peter Crossman) James D. Macdonald Tor Books December 8, 2009
Bruce Coville’s Book of Spine Tinglers: Tales to Make You Shiver Bruce Coville Scholastic January 1, 1996
City by the Sea (Circle of Magic) Debra Doyle Troll Communications January 1, 1990
The Stars Asunder: A New Novel of the Mageworlds James D. Macdonald Debra Doyle Tor Science Fiction N.A.
The Prisoners of Bell Castle (Circle of Magic) Debra Doyle Troll Communications January 1, 1990
Tournament and Tower (Circle of Magic Series) Debra Doyle Troll Communications January 1, 1990
The Prince’s Players (Circle of Magic) Debra Doyle Troll Communications January 1, 1990
Groogleman Debra Doyle Harcourt Children’s Books September 1, 1996
Requiem for Boone (Gen Roddenberry’s Earth the Final Conflict) Debora Doyle and James D. Macdonald TOR January 1, 2002
Timecrime, Inc. (Robert Silverberg’s Time Tours, Vol. 3) Debra Doyle Harpercollins January 1, 1991
Gene Roddenberry’s Earth: Final Conflict–Requiem For Boone Debra Doyle Tor Books August 19, 2000
MAGEWORLDS: Book (1) One: The Price of the Stars; Book (2) Two: Starpilot’s Grave; Book (3) Three: By Honor (Honour) Betrayed Debra; MacDonald, James D. Doyle Tor Books N.A.
Night of the Living Rat (Daniel M. Pinkwater’s Melvinge of the Megaverse, Book 2) Daniel M. Pinkwater Ace April 1, 1992
NOT OF WOMAN BORN: A Gift to be Simple; Island of the Ancestor; One Day at Central Convenience; Dead in the Water; Raising Jenny; There Was an Old Woman; Remailer; Of Bitches Born; Doppels; Daddy’s World Constance (editor) (Kara Dalkey; Sage Walker; Susan Palwick; Patricia A. McKillip; William F. Wu; Nina Kiriki Hoffman ; Jack McDevitt; Janni Lee Simner; Robert Silverberg; Debra Doyle; James D. Macdonald; Michael Armstrong; Richard Parks) Ash Roc – Penguin Books N.A.
THE WIZARD APPRENTICE: SCHOOL OF WIZARDRY. Debra and James D. Macdonald. Doyle Hodder N.A.
The High King’s Daughter (Circle of Magic Series) Debra Doyle Troll Communications May 1, 1990
The Wizard’s Castle (The Wizard Apprentice) Debra Doyle and James D. Macdonald The Nisonger Center, The Ohio State University N.A.
El castillo del Hechicero (Circulo Magico) (Spanish Edition) Debra Doyle Thrilling Wonder Stories January 1, 1950
CIRCLE OF MAGIC, TOURNAMENT AND TOWER Debra, and MacDonald, James D. Doyle Davis N.A.
Set 2~ Secret of the Tower, The High King’s Daughter (Circle of Magic, 2,6) Debra Doyle E. P. Dutton & Co NY N.A.
The Price of the Stars Debra, and James D MacDonald Doyle Bowling Green Popular Press N.A.
Land of Mist and Snow Debra and James D. Macdonald Doyle Oliver and Boyd N.A.
La estatuilla del mago / The Wizard’s Statue (Circulo Magico / Circle of Magic) (Spanish Edition) Debra Doyle Aberdeen. D. Wyllie, 1891. N.A.
Fantasy & Science Fiction February 2008; Vol 114 No. 2 Ann Miller Ohio State University N.A.
THE WIZARD APPRENTICE: SECRET OF THE TOWER. Debra and James D. Macdonald. Doyle Street & Smith Publications, Inc. N.A.
Set of 4: By Honor Betray’d, Starpilot’s Grave, the Price of the Stars, the Gathering Flame Debra Doyle and James D. MacDonald Hodder Children’s Books N.A.
THE WIZARD APPRENTICE: THE WIZARD’S STATUE. Debra and James D. Macdonald. Doyle N.A. N.A.
The Gathering Flame: The Prequel to Mageworlds Debra; MacDonald, James D. Doyle E. P. Dutton N.A.
Escuela de magia (Circulo Magico) (Spanish Edition) Debra Doyle Tor Books N.A.


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Victoria Strauss Boycotted Books


Victoria Strauss

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The Garden of the Stone Victoria Strauss Phoenix Pick February 21, 2011
The Arm of the Stone Victoria Strauss Phoenix Pick January 24, 2011
The Burning Land Victoria Strauss Eos December 1, 2004
Awakened City Victoria Strauss Eos May 1, 2007
Black Gate: Adventures in Fantasy Literature #1.1 (Spring 2001) John (ed.); Michael Moorcock, Karl Edward Wagner, Charles de Lint, Jeffrey Ford, Richard Parks, Rich Horton, Victoria Strauss, Paul J. McAuley, Mark Sumner, Todd Ruthman, Charlene Brusso, Jef O’Neill New Epoch Press N.A.
The lady of Rhuddesmere Victoria Strauss F. Warne N.A.
Black Gate Vol. 1, No. 1, Spring, 2001: Wingless Angels Michael Moorcock New Epoch Press, Inc. January 1, 2001
Guardian of the Hills Victoria Strauss HarperCollins Publishers October 1, 1995
Worldstone (Signet AE4756) Victoria Strauss New American Library March 3, 1987

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