Recently, a successful writing colleague of mine commented that she’d received a truly nasty Amazon review of her newest release. I really sympathized with her—been there, felt that. And as I’ve wondered so many times in the past, my thought was: why do readers feel the need to vent their opinions so viciously? Or at all? If they didn’t like the book, is it necessary to say hurtful things to someone they don’t even know? Have they ever tried to write a book? Do they have any clue to what goes into crafting a story? Never mind getting it published!
- Why or how the book relates to the reader’s interest;
- The reader’s perception of how well the author used his or her craft, vis a vis language, characters, plot, etc.;
- What audience would enjoy the book;
- A brief description of the plot, without giving away key points (spoilers) or the ending;
- Why the reader did or did not enjoy the book.
Where's the Value?
Reviews and Sales
So, authors—keeping working on developing lizard skin. Difficult, but our mental health and creative juices depend on it. Try not to let negative reviews sidetrack your love of the craft and determination to make each story a better one.