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Sigh. Here we go again…

“You obviously didn’t read the second clean copy I requested you download that was also reformatted, so this is a very unfair review. My Amazon readers/reviewers give it 5 stars and 4 stars and they say they really enjoyed The Greek Seaman and thought it was well written. Maybe its just my style and being English is what you don’t get. Sorry it wasn’t your cup of tea, but I think I will stick to my five star and four star reviews thanks.”

And this:

“My writing is just fine!

You did not download the fresh copy…. you did not. No way!

As to annoymous

Al was given the option of a free copy from smashwords the following day to download in any format he preffered.

Look AL, I’m not in the mood for playing snake with you, what I read above has no flaws. My writing is fine. You were told to download a new copy for format problems the very next day while they were free at Smashwords, so you could choose any format you wanted to read it in and if their were any spelling mistakes they were corrected. Simply remove this review as it is in error with you not downloading the fresh copy i insisted. Why review my book after being told to do this, and more annoying why have you never ever responded to any of my e-mails?

And please follow up now from e-mail.
This is not only discusting and unprofessional on your part, but you really don’t fool me AL.

Who are you any way? Really who are you?
What do we know about you?

You never downloaded another copy you liar!
You never ever returned to me an e-mail

Besides if you want to throw crap at authors you should first ask their permission if they want it stuck up on the internet via e-mail. That debate is high among authors.

Your the target not me!
Now get this review off here!”

And this:

“The book is out there doing well without your comments. My first book is great! and I intend to promote now without your ball. Face it AL, you did a booboo, and you can’t correct it!

I know its you AL talking, stop hiding and stand up and be a man!

I want this review removed or its just considered abuse.

Hmm never did get involved in your forum for reasons, now I know why.”

For the rest of the story, mosey on over to this review blog.

I could only read Ms Howett’s inane rants for so long, the spelling mistakes and typos were killing me…



  • Oh, keep going, Karen. Eventually she stops the rambling responses and merely comes back with “Fuck off.”

    It’s the cherry on top, I must say.


  • Mireya
    March 28
    9:58 pm

    What a meltdown. Btw, what is the difference between “self-published” and “indie”? I am curious now.


  • Yeah, although I started feeling sorry for her, for she knew not what the hell she was bringing down upon her. There needs to be a central clearing house for authors behaving badly so that when an author starts down that path some Good Samaritan can post the link.


  • Maddie
    March 28
    11:43 pm

    Maybe she thought she was doing a reality show?

    Isn’t that what they do on TV act out like little kids and drop the F-bomb?

    Why play Russian Roulette with your own career?


  • Mireya
    March 29
    12:38 am

    It’s pretty sad… and now thanks to her very public meltdown, attention has been brought to her book… and not in a good way. There are now 12 reviews in Amazon, of which 8 are 1 star, all very clearly stating that the grammar is, well, awful.


  • This was such a WTF moment… but don’t you guys think that maybe someone hacked her account? Because honestly, I get that she’s upset, but her replies were so poorly written, and so crazy, that it makes me believe this is all a big joke on her part. I mean, now even my phone has spell check and it’s relatively easy to not make – for lack of a better word- a booboo… But if it’s true that there’s no such thing as bad publicity, then she’s really good at PR.


  • Anne
    March 29
    9:52 am

    What happened to the stereotype that the British take it on the chin? It would seem that the author dug herself a hole all the way to China.

    As much as I am tired of the “negative review” slug fests on both side, this does take the cake.

    Where do you find this stuff?


  • But… she’s English, and that’s how English people talk, right, Karen? O.o



  • Oh for fuck’s sake, who are these overly precious nongheads? It’s a review. It’s not a death sentence unless you act like a twat and thereby kill your own book. If you can’t take a crap review as a writer then you need to do something else with your life.


  • Mireya
    March 29
    8:24 pm

    The problem I am having with these meltdowns is that when I go and take a look at the review, expecting something that sounds more like an attack on the author in question, rather than a well thought out review… I find that the review is actually not bad at all. The author of the review is merely stating what didn’t work for him/her… and in this particular case, the guy actually even indicates that the story had potential.

    I think that these people that blow up like that, are not actually even reading the review first. They see 2 or 3 or a C, and as a knee jerk reaction, cry foul. Then, when they are called on their idiocy by third parties who are actually impartial, instead of shutting up or assuming a more moderate stance (even if they don’t feel like apologizing) they go on rabid bulldog mode, and attack attack attack more, also as a knee jerk reaction. It all is purely emotional, these people aren’t even thinking before hitting the send button.


  • Agreed…it’s not all about the number and it depends on the emotional maturity of the author.


  • Debra S
    March 30
    1:51 am

    Hard to believe this women was pushing toward the age of 60 if the thing is right on amazon.I would think this was the rants of a teen using th F word and hugh spelling errors are not what a adult should be doing when writting her great out standing book. I will now not even think of buying it. This did sound good till the melt down . I think she has problems and this pushed her over the fine edge she was walking on. Nobody now will touch her and thats sad.She only can blame her self for the mess but you know she will lay all the blame at Al,s feet since he told the truth to many authors are having public melt downs and Iam wondering why.Sorry I should use spell check


  • Cindy
    April 5
    6:22 pm

    My first thought was how old is this person, feeling like I was reading the rantings of a twelve year old (or, in a generous mood, a seventeen year old mean girl). Holy toledo. And judging from the sample sentences from the book, yeah, I believe the author typed those responses.


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