The Incontrollable Reader Reactions

More and more writers are becoming authors. Is there a difference between the two?

Oh, yes. More and more people will see the work you've never shared before.

More and more people will be critiquing your work. Writers and non-writers. Loving it. Hating it.

With my book release right around the corner (in less than two weeks!), I've been subject to reviews lately. Some that make me eager to start my next book, some that make me want to barricade myself and disappear.

And they hurt. A lot more than they should. Because I've poured my heart into the pages that someone will read while sitting in their bathtub.

Even if you get three 5-star reviews in a day, the one 2-star, or 1-star? They make the most impact. Worse? You'll feel like the 5-stars were just trying to be nice, or help you out.

But here's the thing: they aren't. I've learned that if someone close to you doesn't like your book, they'll tell you. Or if they know this isn't the right time to critique, they'll simply choose not to review your book.

Why? It's not just a matter of them wanting to help you out. Their reputation is on the line. Think about it. If Bucky wrote a book that everyone was rating 1-star, and I had a presence on that website called Read Good, er, Goodreads, I'd look very odd with the only 5-star review. In fact, I'd look like a fraud.

None of my reviews would be taken seriously ever again.

That being said, those low reviews are needed. It pains me to write this, because I'm going through some serious depression with the mixed reviews coming in for my book that hasn't even been published yet, but it's true. You need negative reviews to boost your book and most of all, yourself.

And there's nothing you can do about it. Because everyone is entitled to their own unique tastes.

But cheer up, because there will be someone who genuinely loves your book. The publishing world - whether you've self-published or published with one of the Big Six behind you - is incontrollable. It's controlled by tastes, and you should know, people have a great many tastes. Take Red Skull, for instance *shudders*

As Stefan Bachmann, a good friend of mine, once said: We write books for the people who will like them, and as long as there's just one who did like it, you've done your job.

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