Having just released my first erotic romance, I've been waiting on the edge of my fitball seat -- yes, they’re good, you can wriggle your butt for exercise while writing -- anyway, still wriggling on, I've been waiting somewhat nervously for reviews.
I wonder how much weight other authors set on reviews? I mean some of these are done by the average reader and others are by those doing reviews for websites dedicated to writing, eBooks and their authors. And of course I've read reviews of various books by the ‘average reader’ that put some of the supposedly professional reviews to shame.
The way I see it, we can choose to let our career teeter on the words of these reviews, we can dismiss them utterly, or we can balance somewhere in between. The sane author does the latter, I believe. And even if you choose to say you don’t read or in any way pay attention to reviews, can that be the truth? Can a writer be an island?
Reviews can hurt, and they can send you into a blissful state where you float a couple of inches off the floor for the day -- thus rendering fitballs unnecessary. They can even, I’m coming to discover, educate the author.
Having spoken at length to one of my recent reviewers, I've learned a lot about how to handle my next novel which is still in the edits stage. And I’m very grateful for her feedback. She’s also reinforced the concept that everybody is different. What is one person’s absolute delectable favorite topic in a story can so repulse another that they’ll want to run to the bathroom to get a toothbrush to scrub the screen of their kindle or nook with soap.
And yes, my fitball is red.
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