Sunday, August 28, 2011

Proof That Ann “A.C.” Crispin’s Fact-Finding and Research Skills Are Questionable

In A.C.A.C. CrispinAbsolute WriteAccountabilityAnn "A.C." CrispinAnn CrispinAtlanta NightsAuthorAuthor Watch,AuthorsBlackmailCredibilityCrispinDisneyExtortionInfringementInterviewsIntimidationInvestigationsPirates Of The Caribbean: Price Of FreedomPreditors & EditorsProfessionalismPropagandaPublishersPublishingReputation,Reputation ManagementScience Fiction & Fantasy Writers AssociationSelf-PublishingSFWAWriter Beware on August 28, 2011 at 3:33 pm

“Just FYI…Debt increases by recent US Presidents: Reagan 186%, Bush I 54%, Clinton 41%, Bush II 72%, Obama 23% . . . Source: Congressional Budget Office”
Ann “A.C.” Crispin (Facebook, August 28, 2011)
While politics are far off our normal subject matter for discussion, we were immediately skeptical by this Ann “A.C.” Crispin Facebook posting. We cannot ignore this statement of fact and apparent use of primary source material by Ann “A.C.” Crispin.  If you didn’t know any better you would think that this is authoritative, it is from Ann “A.C.” Crispin . . . right?  However, when you look into this a little further things are not quite what they seem. Firstly, if you Google Ann “A.C.” Crispin’s entire quote (above) you will pull up the identical quote from many other sites. This quote has been posted, re-posted, tweeted and re-tweeted by many apparent like-kind liberal sources as authoritative. Secondly, the Google search does not take you to the primary source material (i.e. the Congressional Budget Office) nor does Ann “A.C.” Crispin post a link to the primary source material from the Congressional Budget Office. Credible? Thirdly, we’re willing to bet that Ann “A.C.” Crispin did not personally conduct this research and fact-finding herself; she’s merely posted a quote from one of these other unvetted sources (this should concern you . . . more below). Fourthly, regardless of where these percentages emanate from, one needs to look at “debt increases” in terms of dollars. Ann “A.C.” Crispin’s quote intentionally does not present a true statement of facts. FACT: Congress determines spending amounts not Presidents. Historically, Democrats have outspent Republicans 2 – 1 (click here). Also, keep in mind that Obama has only been in office since January 2009 and his term is not complete. During this period under Obama’s watch the national debt has increased to $4 trillion dollars. To wit: “Using nominal measures, CNN‘s Jack Cafferty and CBS‘s Mark Knoller have noted that the US national debt has increased more rapidly under President Obama than under any other U.S. president, and that it had increased by $4 trillion since the beginning of his term of office.”
This is not the first time that Ann “A.C.” Crispin has been less than genuine. A recent example of her lack of attention to facts was presented in our posting, Come on Ann “A.C.” Crispin . . . Get it Right . . . Will You Please? (Click Here). However, the most blatant example of posting an unsubstantiated claim remains: “American Book Publishing has been the subject of at least one police investigation.” The Write Agenda researched this claim extensively and proved that this is a fabricated story. Please see our posting:American Book Publishing “Investigation” Research Released: No Proof of Victoria Strauss’ Claims (Click here).
We are not trying to make a political statement here. However, Ann “A.C.” Crispin presented an opportunity, albeit a political one, to really to question what she claims as fact. We are grateful for this opportunity as it once again demonstrates the need to evaluate statements like this through the C.R.A.P. Test.
With all sources of information available to us today, it’s sometimes difficult to know which are based on facts, to discern whether false information was provided or whether the whole story was communicated. While some Web sites, and their commentators, began as providers of information based on facts and or unbiased opinions, many over time have been corrupted either in whole or in part to a point of view or ideology. On this page (click here) you will find a list of sources that have been shown to promote progressive ideologies, open ended commentary and unsupported statements. Some are presented as non-biased or based on facts; others do not. Through an examination of the information these organizations and individuals offer, including their sources of funding, parent organizations, leadership, agendas, goals and content of the information presented and based on comparison with the facts as determined by the primary source material as it becomes available, many warrant further review. The objective is to encourage you to evaluate these sources of information with a discerning eye, become a skeptic and utilize the C.R.A.P test to evaluate postings, articles and information. C.R.A.P. is an acronym for Currency, Reliability, Authority and Purpose and Point of View.

Friday, August 26, 2011

T.W.A.N.G (The Write Agenda Ninja Group): 2011 Dragon Con, Atlanta, GA

T.W.A.N.G (The Write Agenda Ninja Group): 2011 Dragon Con, Atlanta, GA

In Uncategorized on August 26, 2011 at 5:57 pm

TO:  T.W.A.N.G. (The Write Agenda Ninja Group):

We have finalized our itinerary and coordinated your team projects. The link below will provide you with your hotel, transportation and ticket information. Team Leaders, we will be meeting the evening before the 2011 Dragon Con Convention at the Hilton Atlanta Hotel, Atlanta, GA.

Author Watch – Best Sellers – August 26, 2011

Author Watch – Best Sellers – August 26, 2011

In AuthorsPublishersAmazon Sales RankingsPublishingSelf-PublishingAmazonAmazon RankingsAuthorAuthor WatchBest SellersbooksBestsellersNew York TimesNew York Times Best Sellerse-booksebooks on August 26, 2011 at12:51 pm
The Write Agenda’s list of untraditionally published authors with current Amazon Sales Rankings of 10,000 or better.
Author Watch – Best Sellers – August 26, 2011






Current Rank
Her Perfect Revenge (a romantic comedy novel about getting even with a bad boy!)Anna MaraOutskirts PressFebruary 19, 2008
Forget to RememberAlan CookAuthorHouseNovember 9, 2010
Sweet Farts (Sweet Farts Series)Raymond BeanBookSurge PublishingNovember 11, 2008
Bound by HatredShelley WaldenPublish AmericaMarch 15, 2008
Children of TerrorInge AuerbacheriUniverseDecember 7, 2009
Soldier of Rome: The Legionary (The Artorian Chronicles – Part One)James MaceiUniverseDecember 1, 2006
The Eighth ScrollDr. Laurence B. BrownBooksurgeFebruary 22, 2008
Paramedic to the Prince: An American Paramedic’s Account of Life Inside the Mysterious World of the Kingdom of Saudi ArabiaPatrick (Tom) NotestineBooksurgeDecember 7, 2009
Altered Destiny: A Hustler’s ChoiceSherylynne L. RochesterOutskirts PressJanuary 22, 2010
THE ROOMRay MelnikiUniverseSeptember 3, 2007
Dr. John Chung’s SAT MathJohn ChungBookSurge PublishingSeptember 3, 2009
Almost Home: My Life Story Vol 1Damien EcholsiUniverse, Inc.June 3, 2005
Second KissNatalie PalmerTate PublishingNovember 30, 2010
From A Name to A Number: A Holocaust Survivor’s AutobiographyAlter WienerAuthorhouseNovember 22, 2010
Soldier of Rome: Heir to Rebellion (The Artorian Chronicles – Part Three)James MaceiUniverseJuly 20, 2009
Soldier of Rome: The Centurion (The Artorian Chronicles – Part Four)James MaceiUniverseJanuary 3, 2011
Invisible TearsAbigail LawrenceAuthorhouseApril 16, 2010
If I am So Smart Why Can’t I Lose Weight?Brooke CastilloBook SurgeApril 26, 2006
Footsteps to Forever: A World War II ThrillerR. Samuel BatyiUniverseOctober 13, 2008
Tiger WomanJohn W. HuffmanBook SurgeOctober 1, 2009
Fire-Heart (A Tale of Alterra, The World That Is)C.S. MarksAuthorHouseJune 10, 2009
The Highest BidderChanta RandBlue Isis PublishingNovember 29, 2010
Elfhunter: A Tale Of Alterra, The World That Is (Tales of Alterra, the World that Is.)C.S. MarksAuthorHouseSeptember 12, 2007

Watch List

Ravenshade (A Tale of Alterra, The World That Is)C.S. MarksAuthor HouseJune 12, 2009
AlchemyMike WoodBooksurgeJanuary 12, 2010
Obsessive/ObsessionToye BrownOutskirts Press, Inc.March 5, 2010
The Millionaire’s Secret: A Handbook For Building Wealth In Tough TimesRon TayloriUniverseJune 28, 2010
Hotline to MurderAlan CookAuthorHouseMarch 25, 2005
A Few Degrees from Hell: The 2003 Badwater UltramarathonScott LudwigiUniverseNovember 11, 2010
I Was Amish: A personal story of an Amish girl and her lifeMalinda DetweilerXlibrisApril 14, 2011
CompTIA Security+: Get Certified Get Ahead: SY0-201 Study GuideDarril GibsonBookSurge PublishingSeptember 9, 2009
Deadly Thirst: The True Story of a Foster Child’s MurderDonna GoodenoughTrafford PublishingAugust 5, 2003
Uncommon SenseM. Margaret NeiliUniverseMarch 1, 2001
SQL Queries Joes 2 Pros: SQL Query Techniques For Microsoft SQL Server 2008, Volume 2Rick A. MorelanBook SurgeJanuary 21, 2010
More Than Meets the Eye: True Stories about Death, Dying and AfterlifeYvonne PerryBooksurgeApril 1, 2005
Wrightslaw: Special Education Law, 2nd EditionPeter W. D. Wright and Pamela Darr WrightHarbor House Law Press, Inc.March 1, 2007
Biblical Nonsense: A Review Of The Bible For Doubting ChristiansJason LongiUniverseJanuary 19, 2005
Possessed: The True Story of an ExorcismThomas AlleniUniverseSeptember 10, 2009
Me, Myself and Paris: One Toe Under the Eiffel Tower, The Other In the Grocery StoreRuth YunkerOutskirts Press, IncJuly 27, 2010
Peak Oil and the Second Great Depression (2010-2030): A Survival Guide for Investors and Savers After Peak OilKenneth WorthOutskirts Press, Inc.June 30, 2010
A Lone Palm StandsH. A. OlsenBooksurgeMarch 3, 2010
The Biggest Joke Book EverJack JacobyTrafford PublishingSeptember 3, 2008
My Big Fat Supernatural WeddingEsther M. FriesnerSt. Martin’s GriffinApril 1, 2010
Live Your Dreams… Let Reality Catch Up: NLP and Common Sense for Coaches, Managers and YouRoger EllertonTrafford PublishingNovember 3, 2005
Good Morning ReverendRoLonda BrownAuthorhouse.comJune 19, 2011
Honeymoon for Three (Gary Blanchard)Alan CookAuthorHouseJune 19, 2007
Better Than SteroidsDr. Warren WilleyTrafford PublishingFebruary 15, 2007
SleeperBarry FriedmaniUniverseSeptember 5, 2005
RankCopies Sold/day
10,0002.2 (11 copies every 5 days)
100,0000.2 (1 copy every 5 days)
1,000,0000.006 (3 copies every 500 days)
2,000,0000.0001 (1 copy every 1000 days)

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