A friend told me she was going to read my book in the bathroom. At first I was a little offended by this but as I think about it at least she is reading it. Additionally if it sits in her bathroom and other people use her bathroom they may pick it up. This may be a whole new marketing technique that should be explored.
I’ve sold 17 copies of my book in one form or another. Now I have to patiently wait while people read and hope they will post a review. I’d love all positive reviews but I know that they won’t be.
The hard part for me is as I look over the versions I’m seeing changes I would make – small changes that I would do differently. The changes aren’t large enough to merit an update but if I find enough of them they will add up eventually.
Criticism is a part of life as an author. I won’t be able to please everyone all the time. Some people will take offense at my topic, writing style, amount of sex (or lack of it) in a book, or almost any aspect of the book you can think of. All I can hope for is that most people will like the book and will be willing to give it a try.
I won’t lie – a negative review will probably hurt my feelings. It is bound to. I’ll get over it. I always do. Books are like a baby to most authors. It is a lot of work to create characters, plot, and so on. By the time we are done, I have molded the manuscript into shape (I hope). It is like raising a kid – here is this unformed being and as a mom I take and shape it into what it will be – hopefully in a positive and good way. To have someone come along and tell you that you did a lousy job is tough to hear. However, I have to look on a negative review as a way of looking to improve my writing. If it is constructive – like I found errors in these locations or here is a plot oooppss – then I can use that as a way to improve the product. If it is a “I didn’t like it” type of review, there is little I can do about that.
If you’ve read my novel, please go and write a review on it. Be honest because honesty helps me hone my craft and make a better product either by updating and improving the current product or creating a better product for the next manuscript.
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