CriticEveryone is a book critic

One lesson I have learned since I began publishing my writing is that there will be those who somewhat like or tolerate what I do, those who love what I do and then well, there will always be those who really hate every single word I’ve ever written. And of course, they very often want to tell the whole world in no uncertain terms what they think.

The best litmus test for reviews for me is Goodreads. A social media site dedicated to books and reading. No matter where a reader has sourced one of my books from – Kindle, Nook, Paperback, free or pirated – they can add their ten cents worth.

As a habit, I always click the ‘Like’ button for any review I receive on this site. Good or bad. What I don’t do though is ‘flare’. By which I mean that I never defend my writing when I receive a real ‘killer’ type bad review. Acknowledge yes, but never argue. Even for the likes of one particular reviewer who I just noticed today who seemed to hate one of my books (a free one I might add) and has proceeded to post his review a number of times!

Pleasing all of the people all of the time is an impossibility, and with my rather eccentric view of the world, only some will understand where I am coming from. Probably even fewer will have an idea of where I am going. But my writing style is my writing style and I am saying what I want to say and how I want to say it. In my mind, this is what writing is all about.

My beliefs and passions are very close to me, and although often expressed from an abstract or obtuse angle, every book I have sent ‘out there’ has had a message. I love the underdogs, the losers, the oppressed and hard done by. Probably a product of my disillusionment with the fairness of our society. Certainly not everyone’s cup of tea.

It goes without saying though, that I prefer the great reviews. However, at the same time, the bad reviews are necessary I believe. Why? Because it gives prospective readers a balanced view. When I myself see nothing but glowing reviews for a book or writer, I get suspicious. After all, I just can’t read Amanda Hocking but I don’t think any review by me would lessen her popularity.

If you’re a writer, you have to accept the good with the bad. So long as you are writing what you believe in. That’s all that is important.

You’re Either Loved Or Hated

14 thoughts on “You’re Either Loved Or Hated

  • 16/11/2011 at 3:14 pm

    We all love a pat on the back Veehcirra. Only human. But when you pick up the pen and let the whole world into your thoughts, you have to be ready to accept that there will be those who just don’t connect with you.

    It’s the same for me with my blog, as I am publishing my thoughts, opinions and beliefs everyday.

    Very similar to olives I think. Some people love ’em, some just hate ’em. :)

  • 16/11/2011 at 6:43 pm

    Sometimes a bad review simply means that you aren’t writing the kind of generic garbage that was designed by a committe sitting around a boardroom table. You wrote for a specific audience and the rest should read the sample before buying.

    I can almost see the scene now. A semi-dark meeting room with stale coffee and day old pastries on the table. A projection on the screen listing the requirements for the next story – 16% more sensitive vampires, 18% more sex – half of that with sensitive vampires, monkeys – lots of monkeys…

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