I was searching for the 2012 Goodreads challenge last night when I stumbled upon a not so good review of my novel. I usually don’t look but it happens. Not such a great way to start a new year that I want to be all about being positive.
So here’s a challenge, how to stay and see the positive in a bad review of your work.
It hurts, that has to be acknowledge. We all want everyone to love our work. But… this reader bought the book, took the time to read it all and write a comprehensive review. That in a way is pretty cool.
I know that she doesn’t have a personal vendetta against me, it’s just that my story was not what she likes in her reading and she chose to express that to her friends.
That’s all there is to it.
I’m still thrilled I published a book. I still love it because it was my vision, my story and the best I could write at the time. It was my first and I know that the more I practice my craft, the better I will become.
I looked back at my goals last night after reading the review and nowhere did I say that I wanted the world to love me.
I want to have books written published, that’s my goal. And reviews are part of that.
So I’m grateful someone took the time to review my work.