I know it’s been a little while since I posted anything. Between writing, starting a business, and living life, I’ve been a little busy. But, I haven’t forgotten you. I figured I would write a short post on reviews.
Reviews are a writer’s best friend. Good, Bad, or Ugly. Of course, the good ones are great. But the bad ones are good too. Here’s why:
- They make you grow a thicker skin. the first bad review I ever got. I cried. After a few days, I realized that I can’t make everyone happy. It wasn’t my job to make everyone happy.
- They make you recognize a real review versus someone who just wants to criticize others (aka the ugly reviews.) Not all bad reviews are created equal. Some people just want to be jerks. Their review usually involves crass language, a questionable concept of what the book was about (they didn’t actually read it,) and they tend to be just plain mean. On the flip side…
- They can help you grow as a writer. Some bad reviews are honest. In fact, I would say most are just honest opinions from readers. When a review gives the good and bad of a book without the meanness, I take it seriously. Most of the time, I can read it (after I cry a little) and realize that I can improve my writing. There’s always room for improvement, right?
So the next time you read a book, whether you love it, like it, or hate it. Give an honest (preferably congenial) review on Goodreads, Amazon, or a Review Blogs. Your opinions matter.