When You Are @-ed

A quick post I hadn’t expected to write yesterday when I wished you a good weekend. My uncle once revealed to me that he felt an author should avoid reading his book reviews. He believed they are best read instead by potential readers.

[My novels so far.]

He thought reading reviews is usually unhelpful to a writer. Bad reviews are likely to discourage you without actually providing much help for future writing; on the other hand reading good ones might go to your head and bring on a sense of complacency. So he did his best to avoid reading any of his reviews.

I understand now why he felt that way and I see matters much the same. But he also wrote his books before the internet, so his reviews were few – in newspapers and in magazines – and thus were “easily” avoided by him. However, nowadays a review may turn up unexpectedly on even Instagram on a Friday evening… and when you get “tagged” or @-ed you find you end up reading it:

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After U.S independence, twenty- one year old Robert travels to Europe to expand family business. The unexpected onset of the French Revolution challenges young American and brings experiences that he had never expected. During his long trip to Europe, he falls in love twice, loses his mother, gets into fight with Jacobins and kills Irishman in a duel! The book has so much to offer: interesting and developed characters, love drama and historical events. Very well written! I really enjoyed how easily this book was to follow. Visit my blog to read whole review- link in bio. Check out the author's profile @rjnello to end up as character in "1797" because he is "always holding "auditions" πŸ˜‰πŸ˜Š . . . . . . #rjnello #convenstionsthegardenatparis #bookreview #bookrecommendations #bookblogger #historicalfiction #bibliophile #booknerd #booknerdigans #bookworm #instabooks #booksofinstagram #bookish #bookphotography

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So I’m naturally pleased she liked Conventions. You being readers, or potential readers, I thought I would pass that on here. As you also may know already, I never ask anyone to review my books: I simply write them.

Of course had she – a Polish PhD student [gulp] in politics – hated it, well, uh, you probably understand I would never have mentioned that here.πŸ˜‚

In any event, back to our weekends.😊