Any writer worth their salt can suffer through a bad review, or two, or if you’re really lucky – twenty thousand. Because, a bad review means someone has read your work.
The number of people who hate your work = the number of people who’ve read it, plus one – you (and if you’re lucky one person who loves you).
The truth is my story isn’t really for you. It’s for me.
My stories are what my mind imagined, and the people I wanted to place in that world, and how I wanted them to interact with their environment. And I am sharing it with you. And, hopefully you’ll enjoy it but writing something for you to enjoy wouldn’t be sharing MY story. When I wrote SL,UT it was to tell a story I had in my head.
However, I am uniquely curious about what you thought of it! And I mean “you” in the general sense as the “reader” not you specifically I don’t know who you are.
Tonight I review the reviews I’ve received:
1. All it has is sex. Not romance…….just sex.
True. The work starts off very clear about what it is. But, it’s a novel called SL,UT with a half naked Burlesque dancer on the cover, what were you expecting?
Now, is it that way for 300 pages? No, of course not. But, neither is the excerpt. The excerpt should be viewed as a trailer, the glimpse into the action. Of course I’ll tell you more of the story when you pay the price of admission.
And my favorite: The sexy time was intense
2. The writer is very good with words and painting a vivid picture for the reader.
And a later remark: This one is written more realistic than any others I’ve read. There is no “Dreamy Fabio” feeling where you see the hair billowing in the wind…this is written a little more raw and natural which will entice some readers.
Um, thanks. I’m blushing
3. The subject matter of the excerpt IS timely … slut shaming is on the tongues of every teen I know.
The prologue is a bit in your face with feminist ranting …
I appreciate that the reviewer noted this, it’s an important crux to the story. Of course, with all the sex I hope the reader can forgive the politics.
4. The protagonist and her friends aren’t likable characters … They just come off as mean-spirited, promiscuous, and foul-mouthed.
It was so clear about the dynamic between these two characters. It left me feeling sorry for her and at the same time thinking, “you did this to yourself.” I’d love to know how all three characters fulfill the romantic prophecy that this book promises.
Which was then responded to by another reviewer: Some of the most famous characters in literature were easily (un)likeable. That is what garners their infamy
5. This sounds like it could be similar to Sex & the City … but with more sex … Fifty Shades of Grey … the Bared to You Series… It has real potential … it will sell well … Bravo!
And you know what, I’m okay with all of this.
How do you feel about your bad reviews?