While I was recently perusing the internet stacks for a good ebook to sink my teeth into, I skimmed the customer reviews of each book I considered. The more reviews I read, the more I realized how people can literally rip a writer’s work apart.
Ok, I’m not naïve. I know everybody has their own opinions about everything and everyone and not everyone is going to like you in this world. But as an unpublished author, am I ready for all that negativity? Do I want to spend my blood and tears working on a project only to have someone blow it all up on a review that they may or may not have written in a moment of rage after a fight with their husband?
Don’t worry, I’m not writing this post because I’m wavering and thinking of cutting my losses. Oh no. I think I’m more worried of how I will handle it. I mean, will I really read every review–the good, the bad and the ugly? Will I secretly cyberstalk those who give me unfavorable feedback and make their lives a living hell? Oops, that just slipped out.
I guess if you put your work out there for the world to see, you have to pull the big girl panties up or big boy boxer briefs on take what’s coming. Or as my friend Jamal over at Scribereglyph said so eloquently in his post Never Forget: You Suck and You Always Will, “we can’t please everybody”.
P.S. Are no reviews better than horrible ones? Hmmm…