Book reviews – every author’s worst nightmare and dream come true.
We all need them.
We crave the good ones.
Are devastated by the bad dones.
Captain Cavedweller has, more than once, suggested I never again read one since the bad ones tend to make me not so happy.
Unfortunately, I seem to be completely incapable of taking his sound advice, so I continue to read the reviews.
A few weeks ago, I received two reviews that were awful. Absolutely horrid.
Want to know the best part?
They weren’t even for my books!
The first one referred to characters I have no clue who are and the second offered her opinion on the details that went on and on except the details weren’t in my book.
So aside from making me shake my head, roll my eyes and sigh, I did find some small measure of entertainment in them.
If you’re going to lambast someone’s book, could you at least get the right one?
On the flip side of that coin, the other day I had several new reviews and the comments in them made my heart syrupy and my eyes watery and an overwhelming sense of gratitude fill me to overflowing.
It is humbling to read some of the things people write and their words – their kindness – encourages me to keep going, to keep trying, to keep growing as a writer.
My heartfelt thanks today to you all for your support, your gentle words, your willingness to read my ramblings.