Because even watchdogs have to rest sometimes, the Writer Beware blog will be taking a break over the holiday season. Unless there’s a really juicy publishing story, we’ll be on hiatus until the new year. (We’ll still be answering email, so if you want to reach us, drop us a line at beware [at] sfwa.org).
Wishing all our wonderful readers and subscribers a happy, healthy, and peaceful holiday season–whatever kind of holidays you celebrate. See you in 2012!
– A. C. Crispin
– Victoria Strauss
– Richard White
Victoria Strauss, co-founder of Writer Beware®, is the author of nine novels for adults and young adults, including her Way of Arata epic fantasy duology (The Burning Land and The Awakened City), and a pair of historical novels for teens, Passion Blue and Color Song. She has written hundreds of book reviews for publications such as SF Site, and her articles on writing have appeared in Writer’s Digest and elsewhere. In 2006, she served as a judge for the World Fantasy Awards.
She received the 2009 SFWA® Service Award for her work with Writer Beware®, and in 2012 was honored with an Independent Book Blogger Award for the Writer Beware® blog. She’s webmistress of the Writer Beware® website, which she also created, and maintains the Writer Beware® database, blog, and Facebook page.
First off, a belated Happy Holidays to the folks at Writer Beware! We all appreciate the hard work you do for writers everywhere! I hope you had a wonderful holiday season, and that 2012 is a much less exciting year for you. May you be bored to tears with the lack of publishing frauds and scams in the coming year(perhaps a Quixotic hope, but one I fervently wish for, for all our sakes).
And no holiday gathering is complete without the appearance of that one guest who tries to screw things up for everyone. Yes,it seems that "Nick Caruso" has popped his little TWA stringed sock-puppet head up, thinking that we're not going make the connection between your tasteless accusations on the WB Facebook page and here.
"Nick", there's a reason Writer Beware doesn't respond to your allegations about that issue. And you're not going to get one, because you're just beneath contempt and notice. Not sure when you're going to get that whenever you pop up and spout off about all this crap, people are laughing at you. We don't take you seriously. You have ZERO credibility here, and between the "book burning" issue, the lack of courage in posting your real name (I think that's because you're afraid people will find out that you are one of the people Writer Beware has already exposed as a fraud) and your noisy, Scientology style efforts at discrediting some of the most respected experts in the publishing industry, you're only convincing people to think that pretty much anything that comes out of your mouth is a lie or a misrepresentation of the truth.
Hello, Anony-mice. Glad you agree. Glad you replied, even. After months of asking this question, you seem to have finally opted to make some form of intelligible answer.
So why did your website call for an annual burning of books?
I do not believe in burning books, it is so uncool. But when are you going to cover the juicy story about the WB Lawyer? Does he have an electric chair in house?
Anony-mice: not that you will have the courage to reply, let alone put your given name to it, but – have you burned any good books lately? Why does the Wrong Agenda, which you allege to be fair, unbiased, independent and unprejudiced (your words, creepo) endorse book-burning? How can we hope to "extinguish the flames of controversy" (your words again, natch) when you bozos are busy trying to burn everything?
Meanwhile, back to the topic at hand. May 2012 be a damned good year for all who read and write.
2012 will be the better for having your blog in it! (Just like 2011.)
I hear theres a sociopath who cheated the estate of the Steinbeck family so Writer Beware should cover this juicy story. Happy Holidays
A happy and joy filled holiday to all of you! Thank you for all your hard work!
A joyous holiday to you, and thanks for all the wonderful information you share.
Happy holidays! Thanks for everything you do and your endless hard work!
Merry Christmas and all the best for 2012!
Merry Christmas Victoria and Ann (A.C.)! Have a well-deserved holiday.
All that you do for writers is appreciated, at least by the honest ones. . .
Please take a well-deserved break, the lot o' ya! You do a bang-up job protecting all us writers out here. Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, New Year and Hogmany.
Merry Christmas to you all as well. Thank you for keeping us up-to-date with everything. My readers on my blog – My Reading List – are better informed about the publishing world now better than ever!
Happy holidays to you! Thank you for your work!
Happy holiday to all of you, and thank you for your hard work!