A writer must NEVER publicly challenge a bad review. NEVER. NEVER. NEVER.
As long as I am not being libelled (which is very unlikely in an internet comment), I must accept anyone may post the most negative and even most vitriolic diatribes in dismissing what I author (and I know some have).
One and two were red flags, and three was a personal turn off. From just those introductory pages I knew the book would not be for me. And I felt awful for feeling that way.
Endings are, uh, I think, reasonably important to us as readers. I am of course interested in what will happen (or why would I be reading the book in the first place?), but I don't really want to know how a book ends... until I get to the end.
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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.
Having written it, I had been thinking, "That's enough. I did it..."
This is one of the most scorching reviews I have ever read.
Due to what I have seen regularly "out there," and with my brand new Conventions, as well as my first book, Passports, available on Kindle promo for 99c each until next week [UPDATE: it will run indefinitely], this awkward issue again jumped to my mind. I realized I have never addressed it here before. I [...]
I saw this yesterday on Google+ (via Adele Archer and DL Keur). It's a link to a Grimace and Giggle piece by author Russ Linton. He writes on Amazon's "cracking down" on reviews written by those with a so-called "established relationship" with the author: A year and a half ago I noted how ugly I [...]
Readership out there now is truly global. As a writer, you can never know exactly who's reading your book(s), or where, or why. Perhaps most importantly, you never know what a reader individually takes away from it - unless they tell you. And do you always really want to know? I'm struck at times also [...]
Another installment of that book series is upon us. A Newsweek reviewer (interestingly, by name a man, although the books do appear aimed primarily at women, and are written by a woman; but I don't want to disgress down that path here), disparages it this way: Cinemax softcore masquerading as fiction Really? So then it's [...]
The Catskills in early April: it's certainly not Florida. I just took a few snaps out the back just after dawn. Yep, there's still lots of snow against the house and scattered here and there in the woods: Back for a brief stay at the "scene" of the "crime": where I wrote most of the [...]
As any author knows, reader reviews can't be ignored nowadays. Amazon is central in that change. Readers may praise, but authors now also need a skin as tough as iron too. Authors aren't alone. A business owner we know got an appalling review a few months ago on a non-Amazon site from a customer who'd [...]
I just discovered, by email notification, that a blogger I follow on WordPress has apparently read my first novel, Passports. The blogger evidently devoted a post to it. Understand that (as of this writing) I have no idea what that blogger thinks of the book because I have not read the post. And I probably [...]