Thank you publishing facts for promoting awareness to what’s really going on in the world of those who claim to know all the scams out there effecting Writers and Authors. We’re referring to Preditors & Editors , Victoria Strauss, Ann Crispin, James D. Macdonald, absolutewrite.com , SFWA and several other followers who are just repeating their chant without checking the facts.
We have been monitoring the blogs and have been mildly amused by the responses from these self proclaimed protectors of Writers and Authors. What “they” seem to miss even though it has been posted in very plain language is that the tides have turned and not everyone remains gullible and trusting of what is presented to them. With the changes in internet law, other people are willing to confront and demand more than blog posts of alleged scams. They want proof.
Ironically these “websites / authors” are doing what they claim others are doing, taking advantage of people who are looking in good faith for facts and information, truthful information about the publishing industry. Their responses are reduced to internet babble. A mix of half truths, alleged facts and very personal un-professional remarks and behavior.
They tend to be abusive, Holier then thou, and totally off the mark. ALL they have to do is PROVE what they post. Just saying they have “hundreds” of complaint isn’t going to cut it. People are fed up with that attitude. Courts are leaning heavily toward companies and individuals who are entitled to face their accusers and their alleged facts.
One poster stated that they’re “reaping what they sow” how true. All of sudden people are asking them questions about who they really are, besides mutual friends.
So why don’t they just tell the truth?
What makes us feel comfortable about them and their offices that are listed at P.O Boxes and storage units? Besides being illegal its smells like they are hiding something. AT least most of the companies they post about have real offices. They haven’t paid taxes, they beg for money for their defense fund.
They can’t even follow their own by laws, so what redeeming value can they give us? Nothing other than the chant “it’s a scam because I say so that’s why”.
They love the power of their words. But it is going to be a short love affair. The tide is turning faster and faster. It’s just a matter of time and they will be legally addressed. We wish that they would redeem themselves before it happens.
Finally there are more and more individuals and companies who were concerned about saying anything, less the “protectors” awake and attack them, are now fighting back demanding accountability from these so called “protectors”. Jung Hu