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about Andrew Vachss


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Who is Andrew Vachss?

Andrew Vachss is an attorney who represents children and youth exclusively, with 30 years experience in child protective work. He has been a federal investigator in sexually transmitted diseases, a social services caseworker, and a labor organizer. He also directed a maximum security prison for "aggressive-violent" youth.

He has written a textbook, numerous non-fiction articles, graphic novels, a "children's book for adults," two collections of short stories and many works of fiction, which have been translated throughout the world. This website includes, among other things, information about Mr. Vachss' current and upcoming work, transcriptions of some of his non-fiction, interviews and photographs.

For a full employment chronology, see Credentials. And for a more in-depth description of Vachss and his works, there are a number of "profiles" here.


How is "Vachss" pronounced?

Despite what you've read in People or heard on Oprah, it's not "Vox." It's "Vax" … rhymes with "ax" or "tax." The fact that he was born and raised in New York is just a coincidence.


Why have I seen his name spelled "Vacchs," "Vachhs," etc., in a newspaper, magazine or on another website?

Any name that isn't spelled as it sounds is likely to suffer this fate; phonetic attempts produce varying results. A linguist once informed us that there are "three literate misspellings" of Vachss ... "Vacchs," "Vachhs," and "Vaachs." Anyone using a search engine for a few minutes will find ample proof of the validity of that analysis. We've also seen Vochs, Vaches, Vachas, Vaxx, and countless other variations.

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How can I get in touch with Andrew Vachss?

Email may be sent using the CONTACT page. Please note: attached files, embeds, hyperlinks, and/or any other type of coding will be auto-stripped by our secure server. You cannot send photographs or documents using our address ... they will not come through.

Regular mail may be sent to:

    ANDREW HENRY VACHSS
    1122 W. CATALPA - STE 1W
    CHICAGO, IL 60640-1472
    USA
    PLEASE TAKE NOTICE: Do not send unsolicited manuscript of any sort. No screenplays, short stories, novels, poems, "concepts," treatments, book galleys, etc. Mr. Vachss is not going to read, review, scan, or comment upon unsolicited material. If you ignore this, your material will be returned if accompanied by a SASE; otherwise, it will be destroyed. Do not waste your time sending such material via "certified mail" or FedEx or any other signature-required method in the misguided belief that this will "prove" Mr. Vachss has read (or even seen) your material. Mr. Vachss does not personally open mail sent to the above address.
    If your mail is of a legal nature, please send to:

    Andrew Henry Vachss
    49 W. 37th Street - FL9
    New York NY 10018-6257
    USA

It takes very little to start a lawsuit claiming "exploitation" of UNSOLICITED material sent to any writer. See, for example: copyright infringement. We are not pre-judging any such lawsuits—we are simply stating we will not expose ourselves to them. And acting on that statement.

We no longer provide the office fax number. Too many have abused this information by faxing voluminous manuscripts, entire court transcripts, and other unsolicited documents for "emergency review." The fax machine is for the use of clients of the law office. It is not a mailbox. Faxes are received from all over the world, at all hours. One single voluminous fax can render the machine unusable for a period of time. Common courtesy requires that advance permission be obtained before faxing dozens and dozens of unsolicited pages. We cannot accommodate the impatience of individuals unknown to us at a cost to those we seek to serve.

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How can I acquire rights to one of Andrew Vachss' properties?

To inquire about television or film rights to one of Andrew Vachss' novels or short stories, or rights to license one of his books or short stories for publication outside the US or in large-print, or to adapt to audio or comics, or for any other purpose, contact

    ANDREW HENRY VACHSS
    1122 W. CATALPA - STE 1W
    CHICAGO, IL 60640-1472
    USA
Click here to send an email PLEASE TAKE NOTICE: Do not send unsolicited manuscript of any sort. No screenplays, short stories, novels, poems, "concepts," treatments, book galleys, etc. Mr. Vachss is not going to read, review, scan, or comment upon unsolicited material. If you ignore this, your material will be returned if accompanied by a SASE; otherwise, it will be destroyed. Do not waste your time sending such material via "certified mail" or FedEx or any other signature-required method in the misguided belief that this will "prove" Mr. Vachss has read (or even seen) your material. Mr. Vachss does not personally open mail sent to the above address.

It takes very little to start a lawsuit claiming "exploitation" of UNSOLICITED material sent to any writer. See, for example: copyright infringement. We are not pre-judging this lawsuit, or any other of its type. We are simply stating we will not expose ourselves to them. And acting on that statement.

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How can I contract Andrew Vachss for public speaking, lectures, or training?

To inquire about having Andrew Vachss speak at your event, give a lecture, or lead a training, contact

    ANDREW HENRY VACHSS
    1122 W. CATALPA - STE 1W
    CHICAGO, IL 60640-1472
    USA
Click here to send an email PLEASE TAKE NOTICE: Do not send unsolicited manuscript of any sort. No screenplays, short stories, novels, poems, "concepts," treatments, book galleys, etc. Mr. Vachss is not going to read, review, scan, or comment upon unsolicited material. If you ignore this, your material will be returned if accompanied by a SASE; otherwise, it will be destroyed. Do not waste your time sending such material via "certified mail" or FedEx or any other signature-required method in the misguided belief that this will "prove" Mr. Vachss has read (or even seen) your material. Mr. Vachss does not personally open mail sent to the above address.

It takes very little to start a lawsuit claiming "exploitation" of UNSOLICITED material sent to any writer. See, for example: copyright infringement. We are not pre-judging this lawsuit, or any other of its type. We are simply stating we will not expose ourselves to them. And acting on that statement.

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Can I send books to Andrew Vachss for him to sign?

PLEASE TAKE NOTICE! THE AUTOGRAPHING SERVICE IS HEREBY SUSPENDED, EFFECTIVE IMMEDIATELY. TOO MANY MERCHANTS PRETENDING TO BE FANS = TOO MUCH TIME TAKEN FROM OUR OTHER WORK. WHEN WE HAVE FIGURED OUT A MORE EFFECTIVE WAY TO SCREEN AUTOGRAPH REQUESTS, THIS SERVICE WILL RESUME, AND AN ANNOUNCEMENT WILL BE POSTED. THANK YOU FOR YOUR PATIENCE.

Vachss formerly had a generic reply to this inquiry (below). As you can see from the foregoing, the prophecy, sadly, came to pass.

I am always willing to inscribe my books, provided they are from an individual's collection, not a dealer's inventory. I don't charge for this, and never have. However, I will not sign used books for resellers, multiple copies of remainders, or bookplates. Nor will I respond to "signature only" requests. My goal is to enhance an individual's enjoyment of his/her books, not to enrich eBay merchants. Books received which do not meet the above guidelines will be returned, unsigned. Requests for an "autograph," or an "autographed picture" will be ignored. Lately, a number of individuals ... all wannabe resellers ... have utilized various ruses to (attempt to) subvert these rules. It is neither "slick" nor "clever" to do so. The only result of such activity will be to close down this free service for everyone.

Please note: I will no longer sign galleys, page proofs, Advanced Reading Copies, etc. This material is produced for the sole purpose of obtaining reviews, not to fuel a collector's market nor to encourage those who traffic in such goods. A pristine galley means more money for the seller; as a result, the "collector" market actually encourages reviewers not to even open our books. Indeed, the highest "grade" for galleys is "unread." An "unread" galley is one that didn't do its job. Neither writers nor publishers benefit from the traffic in galleys. The only "winners" are those who sell to collectors. I recognize and respect that production of galleys is expensive for our publishers. I want to do everything in my power to support publishers spending money to create them ... not only because reviews are important, but also because, the temptation to save money by cutting down on the number of galleys-per-title is significant. And, in the current economic climate, the so-called "mid-list" writers and first-novelists will be the ones penalized.

Looking to buy a signed Andrew Vachss book? Well ... then you better look real close. Click here for more information.

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Read about the history of this site, the initial creator, those who followed and those who have helped out!


When was Andrew Vachss on "The Oprah Winfrey Show"?

Andrew Vachss appeared on "The Oprah Winfrey Show" a number of times, the most infamous of which was originally broadcast on July 16, 1993. The show began as follows: Oprah Winfrey: All this week we've been doing a special version of THE OPRAH WINFREY SHOW, conversations with one person for the entire hour. I personally selected these guests because they're people that I've always wanted to sit down and talk with one-on-one. They come from unconventional corners of the world, and each has a passion for their work, and they've had an impact on my life. Maybe they will on yours, too. My guest today is a warrior for children. He is not afraid to speak his mind and tell the truth to anyone, including me. He has confronted me on some of my own child-abuse issues that I didn't even know I had. We're going to be about that in this show; it is not going to be easy for me. He is an attorney who has dedicated his life to representing only children who have been abused, because he believes that today's victims are tomorrow's perpetrators and that we will all—all of us—make our own monsters. He says, "We build our own beast. And every child we snatch out of hell is one less at risk for that later behavior as an adult."

PLEASE DON'T ASK US FOR A COPY OF THE OPRAH INTERVIEW. We cannot sell you a transcript, nor tell you where one can be purchased. Yes, there was a (four-part) posting of the episode on YouTube, but its fate was sealed long before it made it up there ... so we would not expect to see it posted again.

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