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by Sierra Dean
Authors have to have a pretty thick skin. When I first got into the publishing world and the initial reviews of Something Secret This Way Comes started to flow in I was on cloud 9 from all the positive response. They liked me! They really liked me! And then the inevitable occurred. Someone didn't like the book.
I wanted to go hide in a closet. I wanted to throw my hands up in the air and stop writing. Hell, I just sort of wanted to throw up.
In short: negative reviews suck.
I continued to get reviews, both positive and negative, and while the negative ones kept hurting, I learned not to let them get to me as much. I stopped reading reviews on Goodreads, mainly because while most reviewers will be polite even if they don't like a book, the general public won't be so kind.
Here's the ultimate truth about books: you won't EVER write one that is universally loved. The best way to realize this (and this has been said many times before) is to go to the Goodreads page for your favorite book of all time and read the reviews. People will love it as much as you, but there will also be people who HATE it with a passion so strong it will blow your mind.
Understanding this goes a long way to helping authors deal with negative reviews.
Reviews are amazing, they really are. Book blogs are the reason I achieved any initial success at all, and I will be forever grateful to book blogs and their reviewers because of that.
Silk is for Seduction by Loretta Chase (AMAZING, a must read)
Stacia Kane's Chess Putnam series
Sandy Williams's Shadow Reader
The Madness of Lord Ian MacKenzie by Jennifer Ashley
and dozens more. I LOVE it when a review convinces me to pick something up I wouldn't otherwise try.
So to Stella and all the other bloggers out there... we salute the wonderful service you provide to both authors and readers alike. Thank you.
Ever since she was a young girl she has loved the idea of the supernatural coexisting with the mundane. As an adult, however, the idea evolved from the notion of fairies in flower beds, to imagining that the rugged-looking guy at the garage might secretly be a werewolf. She has used her overactive imagination to create her own version of the world, where vampire, werewolves, fairies, gods and monsters all walk among us, and she’ll continue to travel as much as possible until she finds it for real.
She’s also a book lover (of course!), obsessive collector of OPI nailpolish and the owner of way too many pairs of shoes.