Let’s welcome Kathleen Valentine back to The Inner Bean!
What I’ve Learned from Reviews
Reviews are tricky things. All authors love the good ones, the ones that tell you how wonderful your book is and how much people loved it. But it is the less glowing ones, and even the bad ones, that have the most to teach us. Now that I have six books out there in the wild world of literature – or at least books – I’ve learned a few things that might be useful to both authors and readers, especially readers who plan to write a review:
- Not everyone will love your book. I know, this comes as a shock. Sad to say no matter how many people tell you how great your book is there are those who just won’t like it and there is nothing you can do about this. Nor, really, should you. As a writer it is your job to write the best story you can possibly write but remember that we all have our unique sets of experiences and what speaks to one person will not speak to another. I’ve gotten reviews that said things like “it just never grabbed me” and “it was okay but I wouldn’t read it again” or “it never lived up to it’s hype”. Don’t worry about reviews like that – all they are saying is “this isn’t my kind of book”. Who knows why the reader decided to read it but they did and they reviewed it and you are stuck with their ambivalence.
- If more than one person complains about the same thing, pay attention. If you get a negative review from someone who says they hated one thing or another, try not to take it personally but if more than one person mentions the same thing it is time to give that some consideration. For example: Read the rest on The Inner Bean