After publication there is this crazy urge to check your sales rankings and reviews daily. It’s an obsession that as an author, I hated to submit to, but couldn’t control. Well, recently I made aen effort to stop. No more checking Amazon ranking every few hours, no trolling for new reviews on all the review sites. Instead I’ve focused on getting back into my writing groove and tackle several outstanding projects.
Going on vacation in the middle of my self imposed hiatus helped tremendously. It’s hard to worry about book sales when you’re in a house with 5 boys under the age of 10.
One thing I learned while taking time away from all this, is that I’ve not only been much happier, but it puts things into perspective. There are things much worse than getting a bad review. For those authors out there who are suffering from the 1 star review blues, giving me the side eye and mumbling “yeah right”, I’m telling the truth. Here are my top ten things that are worse than a 1 star review.
- Cutting your finger while slicing lemons
- A gnat flying in your eye
- Someone sneezing on your neck
- A fly landing on the last bite of a very good meal
- A car accident
- Going to jail…or prison
- Losing your job
- Discovering your man is sleeping with your dad
I don’t know about you, but I’d rather get the one star review than any of those above. Now you tell me other things that are worse than a one star review.