The Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America has awarded Victoria Strauss its 2009 Service Award in recognition of her work at Writer Beware (Ann Crispin, the other half of Writer Beware, has not been overlooked as she won the award a few years ago).
In the ten years since Writer Beware was founded, Victoria has revealed the realities of vanity publishers, scam agents and foolish publishing schemes to so many writers; and over and over again she's shown how to behave with dignity and wit in the face of rudeness, denials and disbelief. All this while writing her own novels, and upholding the high standards of respect and professionalism on the Bewares board of Absolute Write.
She's also found the time to encourage and support writers like me. I offer my most sincere congratulations to Victoria for this long-overdue award.