>Since I got so many positive responses to my last post, I thought I’d let y’all have a few laughs at my expense. Today, I’m going to post some of my past reviews. I’ve been fortunate in that–to my knowledge–I’ve only received two truly bad reviews–and you’ll find both of them here.
First, there’s my first novel, Dance of the Gods….
Pretty good, huh?
And now for the bad news….
Ouch! And this was the first one I got to see! When it’s your first novel and the news is this bad, you want to go duck your head under something…anything….
And now for Angels at Midnight. If I got a bad review for this book, I never saw it. The closest I came to a bad review was a cyber wrist-slapping from a reader on Amazon.
The day this review came out, I had just returned from a writers conference in Miami. My editor, who had been at the same conference, phoned me to read it to me rather than wait for me to receive it via fax.
A Time for Legends also got excellent reviews, which made me very happy because of all of the books I did via Berkley, it was my favorite.
And I’ll close with the absolute worst review I’ve ever received, for Solitaire. The worst part of it is that I can’t even disagree with it. Looking back on it now, it was a flimsy plot….
We used to laugh when we compared bad reviews. Why? Because even the most successful authors have received bad reviews. It goes with the territory. For every ten people who love your book, there will be ten who don’t love it. Accept that fact of publishing life, and write the book you want to write. Give it everything you’ve got, and you’ll survive.
I’ve always believed that no reviews are worse than bad ones. Indifference is difficult to deal with. You can learn from criticism, but what do you do when the readers and reviewers give you nothing?
Ad nauseam…double ouch!