If you write, if you publish, there will be reviews. The problem starts when not everything reviewers have to say is flattering.
It’s an uncomfortable truth that not everyone will like what you produce.
You spend weeks, months, even years writing a book. It goes through many revisions. Betas tear it apart. An editor rips it down again. You rewrite and rewrite, and finally one day, it’s as ready as it will ever be. You take a deep breath and send it out into the world, hopeful it will experience a happy landing.
And then the reviews start, and you realize you were full of shit.
A few will like it. Some will even rave, but inevitably there will be those reviewers who nitpick your baby to death, and those are the ones you remember. Those are the ones that will keep you up at night as you mentally repeat particularly vitriolic phrases over and over again. This isn’t right, that is crap, your characters suck, the story is weak, you got sidetracked on the way to greatness (poor you!), and on and on it goes.
Those reviews are like a knife in the gut. A sword in your heart. The final nails in your coffin. You vow never to write or publish anything again because this pain is too much, too harsh, too undeserved.
So you retreat for a while to lick your wounds. When people tell you how much they liked the book, you smile and thank them and don’t believe them for a second because that reviewer said it was garbage, so it must be, right?
There is another truth authors need to remember: not everyone will like your book. Not everyone will recognize it’s worth or the trouble you took to build wonderful characters and create scintillating plot points. Not everyone will appreciate artful foreshadowing and amazing correlations. Some will read it while in a bad mood or suffering a migraine. Some will have gotten bad news that day and the resulting emotional fallout will slop over into your book as they read it, making them think less of it than they normally would.
Have you ever read a book and thought it sucked, only to read it months or years later and really liked it?
Don’t take reviews too seriously, not the raves or the pans. Just believe in yourself and keep writing. Keep doing what you love and pay no attention to the man behind the curtain. He’s rarely as insightful as he thinks he is anyway. 😉
Who doesn’t love water drops sparkling on plants? Taken at R’s place one morning when the dew was still around.
Have a great week!