Three months after the publication of
several outstanding reviews later, I'm hit with two fairly bad ones. They arrived
on Amazon a day apart and I, for the most part, took them in stride. Cairo
Here’s what I plan to do with them:
1. I will not let them paralyze me. One of the reviews complained it had too many mentions of God and should have been labeled CHRISTIAN FICTION. Hello – it pretty clearly is. He also complained the reader couldn’t solve the mysteries. They weren’t supposed to. And as my BFF said – “Most mysteries have surprise endings. And for clues....sorry he didn't see any.”
2. The other reviewer thought my main character, Liz, was wishy-washy and the cousin, Donnie was weird. Yes, they sort of are. Not that I view it disturbing they came off that way – they are after all human or human in my mind. But – I’ll take it under advisement for the next thing I write.
3. Like all things, your reading choices are subjective. You read what you like or what you’re interested in and whether or not you like what you’ve read depends up to the way you see things. I certainly have read books I can’t stand, but I don’t review them. I want to give positive feedback to the writer and if I can’t do that, then I don’t. No need to slam the writer, the publisher or the editor. There is always some good in everything written, although sometimes it takes time to flush it out. And just in case you’d like my reviewing stats: From Amazon: Top Reviewer Ranking: 29,550 Helpful Votes: 81. I review in several other places including right here.
Doing a little research on several BIG not to be mentioned authors, I’m in very good company. So….I take the not so good reviews and try to grow from them.
From Wikipedia: An author is broadly defined as "the person who originated or gave existence to anything" and whose authorship determines responsibility for what was created.
I accept that responsibility and realize I cannot please everyone and the most important person I need to please is myself.