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Old 03-18-2019, 08:08 AM   #1
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Need Advice about Book Adaptation

I recently completed a script for one of my self-published books. I sent it through some screening processes, and after following some recommended changes I began getting good feedback on it with promising results. I began to enter it into some contests and am doing research on how to query it off to people. Then a nightmare hit me... on my books on Amazon someone started a smear campaign defaming my character using "reviews" to leave slanderous comments about me. In one day alone, twenty 1 star reviews popped up on one of my books with horrific lies about me. On another book, I went from a 4.8 star rating to a 2 star rating. I've sent mass emails out to everyone and anyone, but Amazon's wheels are painfully slow in dealing with this.

So, my question for you folks is how do I handle my script that is a book adaptation while this is going on with my books on Amazon? Should I take off this part on the title page - "Based on my novel.... "? Should, or can I even, use a pen name on my scripts so while I'm sending out to contests and other people in the industry they don't connect me to the defamation occurring on Amazon?
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Old 03-18-2019, 11:05 AM   #2
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Maybe just wait until Amazon deals with these fake reviews? I wouldn't take the "Based on novel" part out. and I'm not entirely sure since I'm not actually in the industry, but I have heard of people submitting scripts under pen names.
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Old 03-18-2019, 12:06 PM   #3
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Thank you for feedback. I've thought about waiting, but I don't know how long it will take for Amazon to deal with this and now that it's happened I'm worried for more. I can't imagine where this came from, if it's a sort of hack or spam or what, but it's vicious and very slanderous. So, I'm trying now to be proactive.

People have told me that's why I should have used a pen name for my books. That way if you ever make someone angry that can't find your product and slander you on it. But I was optimistic - "I don't have any enemies. What could people do?"

While this nightmare goes on with my books, I don't want my script linked to it. But it's a full adaptation of one of my novels and I don't know how it works - if I can separate the two when marketing my script.
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Old 03-18-2019, 12:22 PM   #4
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Thank you for feedback. I've thought about waiting, but I don't know how long it will take for Amazon to deal with this and now that it's happened I'm worried for more. I can't imagine where this came from, if it's a sort of hack or spam or what, but it's vicious and very slanderous. So, I'm trying now to be proactive.

People have told me that's why I should have used a pen name for my books. That way if you ever make someone angry that can't find your product and slander you on it. But I was optimistic - "I don't have any enemies. What could people do?"

While this nightmare goes on with my books, I don't want my script linked to it. But it's a full adaptation of one of my novels and I don't know how it works - if I can separate the two when marketing my script.
I've heard from many people that Amazon does have a problem with bots leaving bad reviews but if they are a bot and not just some random guy you made upset. doesn't it say on the review if they own the product or not? I mean if someone is just constantly buying your book to leave a bad review, I can't see that lasting.
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Old 03-18-2019, 12:35 PM   #5
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I've heard from many people that Amazon does have a problem with bots leaving bad reviews but if they are a bot and not just some random guy you made upset. doesn't it say on the review if they own the product or not? I mean if someone is just constantly buying your book to leave a bad review, I can't see that lasting.
None of those reviews are "verified purchases" and some don't even reference the book, it's just a slanderous comment about me. I'm a college instructor and maybe I made a student quite angry for not changing a grade, I don't know who I could have made this upset. I can't imagine these "reviews" would stay but it's been 3 days and they aren't gone and more fake ones pop up.

Now I'm trying to save my script from the same slander. I want to have a fair chance at having my script looked at without people in the industry seeing this unknown writer has a smear campaign on him and then pass over my script.

One professional who read my script weeks ago gave me feedback saying that doing a book adaptation is hard, but if you do it right it'll play out in your favor because there's a book that holds detail and more answers to the story is played out on the screen and people will want to know it. So, I felt great about it... now with this slander on my books not so much.
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Old 03-18-2019, 12:46 PM   #6
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None of those reviews are "verified purchases" and some don't even reference the book, it's just a slanderous comment about me. I'm a college instructor and maybe I made a student quite angry for not changing a grade, I don't know who I could have made this upset. I can't imagine these "reviews" would stay but it's been 3 days and they aren't gone and more fake ones pop up.

Now I'm trying to save my script from the same slander. I want to have a fair chance at having my script looked at without people in the industry seeing this unknown writer has a smear campaign on him and then pass over my script.

One professional who read my script weeks ago gave me feedback saying that doing a book adaptation is hard, but if you do it right it'll play out in your favor because there's a book that holds detail and more answers to the story is played out on the screen and people will want to know it. So, I felt great about it... now with this slander on my books not so much.
I'm not sure what these "reviews" are saying, but if they are a direct personal attack and don't even have to do with the book amazon will 100% remove them. https://www.amazon.com/gp/help/custo...deId=201929730

especially since they aren't verified purchases, how long is hard to tell. I can't really help anymore then that. It really sucks but I'm sure a producer would look past it. Goodluck!
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Old 04-05-2019, 02:27 PM   #7
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Something similar happened to a friend. Someone enlisted others to leave terrible comments about her. She notified Amazon. It took a while, but they were eventually removed.
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Old 04-05-2019, 04:36 PM   #8
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Sorry to hear about your review situation. As for your script I don’t think it affects it at all. Your script will be judged on the quality of it, not the quality of the book. You could write a fantastic script based on a terrible book, or a terrible script based on a great book.

If you’re meaning you want to pitch the project and use the Amazon reviews of the book in your pitch (perhaps as a ‘built-in fan base’ type pitch) then I’d wait for the reviews to be removed.
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Do whatever you can to get Amazon to remove these reviews, but don't worry too much about the effect on your reputation. It's common knowledge now that most Amazon ratings aren't worth anything - apart from paid-for fake reviews and those generated by bots, Amazon themselves are guilty of bundling reviews together for items that have only the vaguest connection to each other.
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