Monday, May 9, 2011


Days like these really make me want to throw in the towel. Got my first review in for A Soul Worth Taking and it's a star. The reviewer basically said that I couldn't write, the story stunk, it wasn't edited...blah blah blah. I won't debate the review(er) because I don't do that...everyone's entitled to their opinions. Even though I disagree. Sometimes I'd like to though. (It was edited though..). I've been excited about this book and series and to have the first review trash it makes me think maybe I really do suck.

I'm even more on edge since my last review was a 2 star on The Assassin (though that guy gives 2 stars to every book he reads and says none of them are well written) so I wasn't so upset as much with that one.

I've had my share of good reviews and people that like what I write though it seems the bad reviews stay with me longer than the good one. I wonder how it is for other writers? I really shouldn't even bother looking at reviews.

Here's my basic thoughts: I don't think I'm a great writer, maybe not even a good one. I think I'm an average writer...some better than me, some worse. I think I'm a good storyteller. Those that want to read books with great writing that will leave you speechless probably should skip mine. If you just want a good story and don't want to go running for the dictionary to understand what I just wrote...maybe you'll like it.


Travis Haselton said...

I say, not to read reviews, seek them out, nut don't worry about them. I have had the same issues myself. Find the most aclaimed writer, and you will find negative reviews. I think it is best to focus on hitting your target demographic in order to reduce negative reviews as much as possible.

Rye James said...

I generally agree, and usually, reviews don't bother me whether good or bad. Just been a stressful couple weeks and I think everything hit me at once. I think I'll be in a much better mindset in a week or two when I get back to the grind. Thanks for checking in.