Author A. C. Crispin (b.1950) died on September 6. Earlier this week, Crispin, who was suffering from cancer, announced that she was terminal. She was named a Grandmaster by the International Association of Media Tie-In Writers earlier this year. her novels include tie-ins in numerous series, including Star Wars, Alien, Star Trek, V, and The Pirates of the Caribbean. In addition, Crispin co-wrote several novels in her original Starbridge series. In addition to her work as an author, Crispin co-founded and chaired Writer Beware, an organization to warn authors of scams. Crispin was married to SF author Michael Capobianco.
The Mystery Writers of America has announced that they will join in sponsorship of Writer Beware, a writer advocate service which exposes publishing scams, educates writers on how to protect themselves from fraud, and maintains a massive database on their website of questionable literary agents, publishers, editorial services, and literary contests. SFWA has been running Writer Beware since 1998.
A lawsuit filed by Robert Fletcher against SF authors Ann Crispin and Victoria Strauss claiming defamation, loss of business and emotional distress has been dismissed with prejudice by a Massachusetts judge. Crispin and Strauss were sued in line with their volunteer work for SFWA’s “Writer Beware” site pointing out questionable agencies and business practices. The suit was dismissed because of Fletcher’s failure to respond to discovery or otherwise prosecute the lawsuit. Fletcher and his companies are currently under investigation by the Florida Attorney General’s Office. Crispin and Strauss intend to file suit against Fletcher and his companies in an attempt to recoup legal fees.
The SFWA has announced that Victoria Strauss will receive the SFWA Service Award at this year’s Nebula banquet for her work on Writer Beware, the SFWA’s watchdog group which warns writers of agents, publishers, and others in the publishing industry which may not be entirely legitimate.