Wednesday, December 5, 2012
SHOULD AN AUTHOR READ REVIEWS OF THEIR OWN NOVEL?
I did it! I wrote a book and it's been published. Agenda 21, Glenn Beck with Harriet Parke. What's next? Will anybody read it? And more important, will they like it?
Ah, that's the question! Will they like it?
The people who lined up for the book signing with Glenn Beck liked it. But given that they were willing to stand patiently in line for our signatures, well, that's an indication they are fans.
But what about the anonymous audience, those folks who aren't family or fans? The book is selling well, the numbers are good. But do they like it?
With trepidation, I went to reviews. . . .strange sensation, clicking on comments about my own novel.
Quickly, I sorted through the reviews, and there were a lot of them!
Five stars. . .they liked the book for what it was. Fiction, dystopia, a look into the worst possible future, a cautionary tale.
One star. . .they disliked the book, in most cases without even having read it, because of obvious political bias.
The one star reviews are not relevant to the novel. They are just, for the most part, rants. So be it, freedom of speech and all that. They are easy to ignore.
Instead, I celebrate the five star reviews.