I haven’t thought of any particular topic to post about. My brain is pretty much in revise the old book zone, so all creativity has flown out the window. So the stuff in this post will be random.
I did finish Romancing Adrienne. I need to make a post over on my first draft blog regarding this. That book remained a historical. I changed the name of the main character to Caleb Olson, which I don’t remember if I updated on my website or not. So much to check, so little time. I did forget to update the Amazon page, so I went back and inserted the new name. As of right now, this change has not taken effect. It takes a couple of days to update things on Amazon.
I just hope no one gives me a 1-star review for forgetting to insert the new name in the description of the book. Now why would I say that? Because when I was looking through the reviews on the movie Megamind (which I believe is on of the best movies ever made–so good in fact I had to throw in my own review and I rarely review movies). I was shocked to learn that people were giving this movie 1-star review for … and get this … saying there was no Santa Claus. Okay. Why is this so ridiculous? Because Santa Claus was never even mention in the entire movie. But people were giving it 1 star and claiming it brought their children to tears because they still believed in Santa and now their little dreams are dashed to pieces. Other than that, the people said they loved the movie, but because of one little thing, it earned 1 star. I can’t believe it either.
Oh, and if anyone is interested, this is what the movie actually had in it:
The hero-turned-villain said, “There is no Easter Bunny, there is no Tooth Fairy, and there is no Queen of England.”
I still laugh when I hear that. It was one of the best lines in the whole movie. 😛
While I am discussing 1-star reviews and such, I hope everyone knows that when I make a post on the Self-Published Author’s Lounge about the complaints, reviews, or some other unpleasant thing regarding being an author, I’m not doing it to gather sympathy. I don’t want anyone to feel like they have to reassure me that they like my books. 🙂
You see, when I started my journey of seriously promoting my books back in 2008 and asked other authors a lot of questions, I got criticized for asking those questions. I wanted to know what being an author and having my books out there might mean. What were the ups and downs? I wanted to be prepared as I made the decision between traditional publishing and self-publishing. I didn’t get much help from authors in my local area. In fact, I was pretty much told to attend a workshop out of state to learn what I wanted to, but being heavily in debt (and trying to get out), I decided to take my search online. Needless to say, I didn’t find much there either. I mean, I did find how-to’s on marketing and that traditionally published authors don’t make much of anything because publishers take the bulk of the profits. I also learned publishers have a way of putting on pressure so authors feel compelled to change their book to suit what the publisher wants. The last part was the deciding factor for me to self-publish. I didn’t want anyone telling me what to write or not write in my own book.
But what I didn’t find were the downs to being an author. There are ups, lots of them, but no one really discussed the downs. They just said, “Ignore the 1-star reviews.” They didn’t explain how much those reviews hurt. They didn’t warn me that emails come in from people who are downright rude. They didn’t warn that some people will email and say I wasn’t worth spending money on so I owed them a free copy of my book. They didn’t tell me about dips in sales. They didn’t tell me other authors out there go around and leave 1-star reviews on books that they feel threatened by. They didn’t tell me authors have a knack for requesting reviews but never bothering to return the favor. None of this was stated, so I wasn’t prepapred when it happened.
So I write about the stuff no one bothered to warn me about when I started out. I do this so other authors can be prepared and know they aren’t alone. It’s easier to deal with the downs if you have someone who has been through it and can sympathize with you. So I write those posts to help other authors.
I hope that makes sense. 😀