I can’t think of a single author who enjoys receiving bad reviews.
I mean, if you put a lot of time and effort into writing and editing your story, the last thing you want is for someone who may have never even written a book to come along and start bashing your story for not being what they wanted it to be.
But everyone has their tastes and opinions.
No Bad Books
There are books that my friends enjoy that I can’t stand, and there are books that I love that other people despise.
And that’s actually one of the things that I love about the writing and reading community as a whole. There are so many different genres and sub-genres that anyone can find something that they enjoy reading or writing.
I’ve learned that there’s no such thing as a bad story (at least for the most part).
Even a badly written story with a terrible plot and unlikable characters can become popular if it finds the right audience. Take, [whatever super popular book that you despise but everyone else loves], for example.
One Bad Review
After my book, The Librarian’s Ruse was published, I asked a lot of people to review the story. I didn’t ask any of them to give me a good review, but many of them genuinely enjoyed the story and left me good reviews on GoodReads and Amazon anyway.
It wasn’t until a couple weeks later that I got my first negative review. I knew even before my book was published that I’d probably get some bad or negative reviews, but somehow it still managed to catch me off-guard.
All Reviews Are Good Reviews
I didn’t know the person, or anything about them other than the fact that they had read my book and didn’t like it. But when my brother heard about the review I got, he smiled at me and said, “Congratulations! People are reading your book!”
And he’s right. My book is out in the wild, and people are reading it. New reviews—good and bad—are proof of that.
Is it a little scary? Sure. But am I excited? Absolutely!
Speaking Of Reviews…
Since we’re on the topic of reviews, let me share a few of my favorite reviews that people have written for The Librarian’s Ruse.