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Redux: Forty Plus Things I've Learned In Romanceland This Week...

I do love when a random pingback takes me back to an old post. This one was written back in 2007. Most of them are still relevant. Some even more so.


1. Romanceland is full of nutters, and crazies not too dissimilar to The Right Honourable Betty Boozer.

2. Carol Lynne responded perfectly to my review. She said nothing. I admire that.

3. I’m not the only person who doesn’t understand what the Lotus Circle is about.

4. Reviews are not for authors. They are for readers.

5. The subject of reviewing will never die.

6. A Newbie author who’s book gets ripped apart will realise in five years time, that the blogger was probably right. That book did indeed suck Great Big Hairy Donkey Balls.

7. Some authors truly believe that bloggers / reviewers buy books just to rip them to shreds.

8. Until the crap that was Ben’s Wildflower, I hadn’t posted a negative review since November 2006. This must not happen again.

9. I’m not the only person who’s fed up with Vampires, Shapeshifters, Paranormals,and effing BDSM books.

10. Racism in romance isn’t considered as big an issue as homophobia in romance.

11. Awarding a 12-book contract to unproven newbies is not sound business.

12. Some authors will happily stick their tongue up your arse, and take a long lick, as long as it’s not their book or their publisher that you are dissing.

13. I’m suspicious of anybody who peppers their posts with “Lololololol!!” all the freaking time.

14. Some people are better at sucking up than others.

15. People who take the trouble to post that they wont be visiting your blog ever again, are usually lying.

16. Just because you got published, doesn’t mean that you deserved it. Your editor may have been high at the time.

17. Romanceland is full of passive aggressive women, and hypocrites.

18. Authors will always Google themselves, no matter how much they say they don’t.

19. I’m not the only person who thinks EC standards have gone waaay down.

20. Some popular bloggers seem to feel threatened by other popular bloggers, and refuse to mingle with them. You know who you are.

21. Some people should not be let out in public, without being fully medicated. You know who you are.

22. The Slash and Burn Reviewer/Blogger is an urban legend, cooked up by authors who’s book (s) got dissed, and dismissed.

23. Reviewers/ bloggers who personally attack authors are also an urban legend, cooked up by the same group of people.

24. Authors can be trolls too. You know who you are.

25. Some authors can be snarky too, they are just less honest about it. You know who you are.

26. Negative reviews will always generate more column inches, than positive reviews.

27. Nobody ever remembers gushingly glowing reviews.

28. There are certain people who always seem to hijack other people’s blogs. I recently got rid of at least one of these PWTTAFBA – types.

29. Anybody who writes that “Snarks go for an obvious joke just because it’s funny, not because the book really doesn’t work.” just doesn’t get it.

30. Some authors don’t understand that it’s not all about them.

31. ‘Nice Girl’ Review sites hate bloggers like me.

32. I hate pussified bloggers who hold themselves up as a shining example of how other bloggers should behave. You know who you are.

33. A lot of authors hate bloggers like me.

34. Women don’t rule the world because we cry far too easily and exhibit pussy-like behaviour in the face of adversity.

35. Some books suck more than others.

36. Authors should understand that readers like me don’t really care how much effort they put into writing a book. All they care about is whether they enjoyed it or not.

37. It should take longer than two weeks to write a book. Unless you are Nora Roberts.

38. Rabid Fangirls will always tell you that “You’re just jealous because you’re a frustrated writer with no talent!”, if you diss their favourite authors.

39. I hate the phrase “If you can’t say anything nice”. People who believe that, have no business reading this blog, yet they continue to do so.

40. Some ladies in Romanceland will talk about respecting other people, whilst they secretly send e-mails trashing you to their buddies.

41. Good editors are worth their weight in gold.

42. Bad reviews wont kill you, but the Rabid Fangirl stalking you might.

I can’t remember what inspired this particular post, but it did make me laugh re-reading it.

Which of these do you guys think are still relevant? Of course I’ve highlighted the ones that I think still apply:)


  • I think they’re all still relevant. Even more so with the Goodreads bullshit.

    You know, I’d add one more: It’s just a fucking book, not a cure for cancer. Grow up and get over it. (That’s for authors and bloggers alike).

    BTW: I saw someone on Facebook post once that she wrote a book in 4 days and had it accepted for publication. I thought when I read that, there was no way in hell anyone could write a decent book in that amount of time.

    Quality over quantity people. Please.


  • @Lori: I get that some authors think that their books are like their babies, but in that case, surely they shouldn’t let those babies leave home? That way they can avoid anybody talking trash about their child. Works for me – except – oh that’s right, they want people to actually buy and read their books. Amazing, really.


  • Keishon
    December 1
    7:12 pm

    Hell they all are relevant. I especially loved #36


  • Anon76
    December 1
    9:50 pm

    They’re all still relevant. To wit, I feel the list should be printed, laminated and kept on one’s person for instant reference.

    My fave, though, is #16.


  • Merrian
    December 1
    11:36 pm

    They are all still relevant, sadly. They made me laugh too. It is all back to the future as the STGRB stuff has shown.


  • ME2
    December 3
    2:42 am

    They are all relevant, indeed. #9 always has and always will be the one that sticks in my craw. Ugghhh


  • Lynnd
    December 4
    5:10 pm

    These are all still valid Karen, but I would also add another one: Most readers just want to read the damn book. They really don’t spend their time and energy worrying about authors’ and reviewers’ behaviour so both authors and reviewers should just stop wasting their time and energy on calling out the other side for bad behaviour or for being a “mean girl”.


  • Amarinda Jones
    December 5
    9:19 am

    16. Just because you got published, doesn’t mean that you deserved it. Your editor may have been high at the time.”

    This is a particularly good one and it needs to be stuck to the computer screens of every author. And yeah, you’re right. Carol Lynne showed class by not whining in public. Hate her or love her, it was the smart thing to do


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