The first rule of being a writer is to ignore the reviews on your work. The first thing any writer I know does is sweat over every single review. That one negative will outweigh a dozen positive reviews for most of my fellow authors.
I’m not going to lie. I read every single review, good or bad. I try to take a good attitude towards it though and wanted to share my thoughts about it with my readers.
- You took time out of your life to leave feedback on my work. Can I just say WOW and thank you? Seriously.
- My greatest improvements in my craft have come about from reviews.
I have been a writer all my life. I don’t say that lightly. I mean it exactly. I wrote my first story when I was six years old. I have been writing ever since. I finished my first novel by the time I was eleven. It filled four ring binders all hand written. It was a cross over between the Lord of the Rings and The Last Unicorn.
While I’ve been a writer my entire life it’s only the last year that I’ve been an author. Just over one year ago I took the plunge and published my first work. I’d dabbled before that. I sent things out and gotten rejection letters and then I would put it away for a while longer. Then I just did it, mostly because my ever loving Miranda pushed me to do it. She believed in me. She read my story and said it was good enough.
Then readers read it. They liked it! (Most of them, lol). They had thoughts, questions, feedback. I took all that in and I honed my craft and I got better. Because you left me that review. Because you said you liked this, didn’t like that, wanted more of this or that character. And when you hated it, I took that too and I ripped it apart and I tried to figure out why you hated it.
Reader feedback is the greatest reward of this craft of being a writer. I appreciate you, the reader, more than I can really put in words. If I don’t have you, I don’t have a job. I don’t have a purpose. If I don’t have you I won’t be working to improve myself because I want to give you a better story each time I craft a new one.
So thank you. Thank you times a million. Good, bad, indifferent I appreciate every single one of you.