Friday, January 16, 2009

Victoria Strauss -- SFWA Service Award

The Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America, which sponsors Writer Beware, has chosen me to receive this year's SFWA Service Award for my work with Writer Beware.

Here's the official press release.

This is very, very cool, and I'm truly honored. By rights, half of the award belongs to Ann--not only is she Writer Beware's co-founder, she ranks me on the Writing Scams Committee. But she and her husband, former SFWA President Michael Capobianco, received a joint SFWA Service Award a few years ago for their many years of service as officers and volunteers, and I guess this is the kind of award you can't get twice.

I'm grateful to SFWA for standing behind Writer Beware for the past ten years. Ann and I do the work, but without SFWA's steadfast and ongoing support, we could not exist. And I'm deeply grateful to all of you--the many writers who read this blog, who visit the Writer Beware website, and who contact us to share their stories. Without you, we couldn't exist either.

Here's to ten more years--at least--of exposing schemes and busting scams.

35 comments:

Gina Black said...

Congratulations!! Well deserved. You provide such an important service to the writing community.

Andra M. said...

Ditto to Gina!

Jenny said...

Congratulations! You certainly deserve it!

JPFife said...

Congratulations on the award.

Inkpot said...

Congratulations!!! Well deserved and thank you for all your hard work on writer beware. :)

December/Stacia said...

Congratulations Victoria!! {{{hugs}}}

Marian said...

Well done, Victoria!

ALC said...

Congratulations!
And, thanks again for all that you do.

barrettmanor said...

Congratulations!

(My verification word was "rumblesh," which somehow seems almost appropriate.)

Anonymous said...

great, well deserved, especially after the recent debacle.

A great service. I'm sure you've saved a lot of overenthusiastic people from getting conned out of a lot of money.

Gina Black, please change your photo, it freaks me out and is well, horrendous yuck

Robin Bayne said...

Well deserved! Congrats and thanks for all you do : )

Danny said...

Well done!! As a writer who's been done over by two publishers now the more that's done to expose these bastards the better. Keep up the good work.

Ghost Girl said...

That's great news, Victoria! Congratulations! And thanks for always having our back!

Melissa said...

Congratulations -- and thanks SO MUCH for all you do!

Janet said...

:o)

Emma said...

Congratulations!

Ann Victor said...

Also adding my congratulations to a well deserved award! I'm glad that all your hard work is being properly recognised! :)

Jane Smith said...

Ah, Victoria, this one is well-deserved.

Many congratulations on this, and on your continuing achievements here at Writer Beware. You've touched the lives of so many of us with the work you do here, and we appreciate you more than you could possibly understand.

Captain Black said...

I'm a relative newcomer to this blog, but well done Victoria, Ann and all the other contributors.

Sally Zigmond said...

Congratulations, Victoria. You are a shining star in a murky world.

Patrick said...

Congratulations! You deserve this and much more.

Anonymous said...

Congratulations!

--Harry Connolly

Judy said...

Congratulations! Thanks so much for your service. I never submit or enter a contest without checking first here and at Preditors and Editors.

Anonymous said...

What wonderful news, Victoria! Your service to the writing community-at-large speaks for itself. This award is a long time coming, and richly deserved.

Thanks again for your meticulous presentation of scam information!

YOU GO, GIRL!

ElanaJ said...

Congratulations! :)

Susan Helene Gottfried said...

Congratulations, Victoria!

As a writer and as a cheerleader for this industry called books, I can't thank you enough for all you do.

Orlando Examiner said...

Yee haw and major congratulations! This is a well-deserved honor.

Mimzy said...

Congrats!

Linda Stamberger said...

Congratulations, you deserve this award!

David de Beer said...

very well deserved. Congratulations, Victoria.

Randall said...

Congratulations! As others have said, a well-deserved award.

wealhtheow said...

Mazal tov! How great! :)

Anonymous said...

Victoria,


Congratulations! To put it mildly, it is well-deserved.


Jeanne Tomlin

Deb said...

Glad to see it, well deserved.

Donna Farley said...

Congratulations, and many thanks for all you do to help writers! Posting this news on the Warnings for Writers Facebook now.