Romacing Adrienne, 1-Star Reviews for Megamind (because of something that isn’t there), and Why I Share the Downs to Being an Author on the Self-Published Author’s Lounge Blog

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.  😀

About Ruth Ann Nordin

Ruth Ann Nordin mainly writes historical western romances and Regencies. From time to time, she branches out to contemporaries romances and other genres (such as science fiction thrillers). For more information, please go to www.ruthannnordin.com or check out https://ruthannnordinauthorblog.wordpress.com.
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8 Responses to Romacing Adrienne, 1-Star Reviews for Megamind (because of something that isn’t there), and Why I Share the Downs to Being an Author on the Self-Published Author’s Lounge Blog

  1. AWWW LOVE YA RUTHIE! :d

  2. I LOVE Megamind!!!! We went to the movies to see it and I have got to get it on DVD 😀 I remember when we watched it and I thought “I bet someone is going to have a fit about that line!” Guess I was right. People are so… well they just look for things to complain about!! It’s like they put effort into it! *shakes head*

    • I know. Megamind is such a great movie. I’ve seen it so many times I can’t count. I didn’t realize someone would complain about that line, but I should have after my experience as an author. It’s ridiculous. One guy went on and on about how his little kids looked up at him and started crying because there was no Santa Claus so he had to do some ‘fancy backpeddling’ to make up for it so they could feel better. He went on to say the movie destroys childhoods. I almost laugh when I think of the absurdity of it all. 😛

  3. Rose Gordon says:

    A few things.

    1. You can change the description without having to do so via your bookshelf at Amazon. It can be done through your Author Central page. Very cool.

    2. I’ll be honest and admit I never let my kids the do whole Santa thing (I know they’re 4 & 5 so this is the age where they’d actually fall for it, but I just didn’t go there for other reasons…). However, if I had let them believe in Santa, the Easter bunny and tooth fairy, I’m not sure I couldn’t have salvaged that because there IS a Queen of England, therefore, making the whole sentence ring false (even if there really isn’t a tooth fairy and Easter bunny).

    3. I’m glad you got another book done and up. I was checking on your others and they’re already gaining a few 5-star reviews.

    4. I, for one, thank you kindly for being so blunt and forthcoming with your knowledge. A lot of us search and search for information or do like I do and go for the trial and error tactic. But it’s always good to have someone who’ll just bluntly tell it like it is.

    • I didn’t know about the Author Central page. I went ahead and filled it it. It’ll take 3-5 business days. As long as it really goes through in that time, that’s what counts.

      I don’t tell my kids about Santa or the tooth fairy or Easter bunny because I want them to believe me when I tell them about God. My mom told me about those things, and I still turned out okay, but I remember wondering what else she told me that was true or not true. I’d rather have it given to me straight from the get-go. But yeah, the whole Queen of England thing nullifies everything else the villain in Megamind said, which is why I don’t get people’s problems with it.

      Yeah, I notice Christina left a couple reviews.

      I wish more authors had been forthcoming with the truth of what happens after you publish a book. They only talk about getting published. The real work, pains and joys happen post-publication.

      • Rose Gordon says:

        “I don’t tell my kids about Santa or the tooth fairy or Easter bunny because I want them to believe me when I tell them about God. My mom told me about those things, and I still turned out okay, but I remember wondering what else she told me that was true or not true. I’d rather have it given to me straight from the get-go.”

        ^^This. That’s exactly why I never went there with my boys. (Well, that, and the fact Christmas should be about Jesus. He is the reason for the season, after all. But the rest is right on. How can your kids trust you on the big things when you lied for so long about the other stuff?)

        • Yep, we refer to Christmas as the day Jesus was born to redeem us, and Easter has nothing to do with bunnies or eggs around here either. So far, my kids haven’t suffered any trauma from missing out on on Santa or the Easter bunny.

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