Two Thumbs Up… or Down

20 Jul

Ah, the celebrated—and dreaded—reader reviews. 

Whether it is a book, a song, or a piece of artwork, when you place a chunk of yourself—one that you’ve slaved over for years—into the public eye for the masses to hate/celebrate, you will find yourself holding your breath to see how your work will be received by the public.  I believe we all have an illusion of grandeur when we write our first novels, firmly trusting that everyone is going to enjoy our stories. 

Good reviews are a phenomenal boost to one’s confidence and help justify the aforementioned illusion.  But the simple fact of the matter is: you can’t please everyone.  Perhaps your genre isn’t their cup-of-tea or your book happened to follow a NYT’s Best-Seller and isn’t as “racy” as its predecessor.  The first critical review can cut infinitely deeper than ten positive ones—and stay with you for a longer period of time. 

When that happens—and it will happen—my advice to you is this:  Accept reader reviews, positive and negative, as confirmation that people are actually spending their time and hard-earned money to purchase and read your book.  Gaining readership is over half the battle.  After all, people can’t like your work [or hate it] if they don’t read it.

 -Jenny

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2 Responses to “Two Thumbs Up… or Down”

  1. Peggy Isaacs July 20, 2012 at 9:40 am #

    Good advice.

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