Monday, July 14, 2014
So, as some of you know, I received my first bad review last month. I read and reread it trying to figure out what some of the comments actually meant. Now, I understand that not everyone is going to like my stories or my style of writing and I am perfectly fine with that, but when I saw that she placed my title in the category of "books I just couldn't finish," I was dumbfounded. I thought, "wow, was my story THAT bad to her that she couldn't even get to the end? What part did she stop at? What was the breaking point for her?" I was driving myself kind of crazy. My husband and friends were telling me not to let it get to me, that I wasn't going to please everyone. I know that, I was expecting to get bad reviews, but for some reason seeing it placed in that category REALLY bothered me. Then I thought about some of the books I have read, or tried to read. For example, Wicked. Now, a lot of people loved that book and ranted about how great it was. Well, that was one of the books I put into that dreaded category. I tried and tried to get through that book but I just couldn't do it. This story that was made into an amazing musical, which I LOVE, was once just a book I couldn't get through. So, with all of that said, I am no longer thinking about the review in the same way. I am very glad that she shared her opinion, whether I liked it or not. I want to hear what people really think of my book. I want to know what they liked and didn't like. Without these comments I may not get better at telling my stories. So, thank you to everyone who has shared their thoughts and comments. I look forward to hearing more from my readers, both good AND bad!