|The Glitter Globe|
Always do what you are afraid to do. ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson
- Like writing books.
- And hiking in the woods.
- Or trying new things that scare me—like riding in an open cockpit plane (about as big as Snoopy’s dog house) or skinny dipping in a lake known to harbor leeches—with Dear Hubby, of course.
Do what you fear and fear disappears. ~ David Joseph Schwartz
The only thing we have to fear is fear itself. ~ Franklin D. Roosevelt
- Everybody has an opinion and some aren’t afraid to use them anonymously on-line. Cherish sincere reviews by at least considering their input. If you get a troll, I recommend allowing karma to take care of it if possible. It’s surely not easy being a troll.
- You will get conflicting opinions and polar opposite criticisms. In the end—as always—obey the muse. That way you can always blame her.
- It isn’t personal, it’s business—I hate that quote too, but it is empowering.
- Knee jerk reactions, rumors, and gossip are espoused like the rainbow sprinkles of our time. Don’t defend, explain, argue, or even react to reviews—it isn’t professional. Just keep writing, writing, writing.
- If you really want to thank a reviewer, thank them privately if you can—if not, maybe get the next book out faster. As a reader, that’s what I want from my favorite authors!
- You’re going to get stung now and then by verbal shrapnel, find a support network. Fellow writers will commiserate and inspire you.
- Do you like/love your own story? You should. That is your best defense. If you enjoyed your own story, use that as a defensive shield. There is no book that everyone loves.
- Rant to yourself if it makes you feel better. Heck add the reviewer’s name to your fiction list of evil characters who must suffer horrible torture if it helps—you might want to switch it up a bit, so you don’t get in any legal trouble, but it will still feel good. Not that I would ever do that.
- Check bad reviews for helpful criticism. Is there even an iota of truth in there? I know it sounds like I’m telling you to ignore bad reviews. Nope. I’m saying don’t let them hurt you, or stop you.
- Remember someone thought that, even if they are obviously stark-raving insane. If you can, glean something useful from all feedback.
- Get some distance from unpleasant reviews before you change anything. Don’t assume that they’re RIGHT or even wrong (even if they are obviously stupid). My reviewers are all brilliant and sane btw, and I wish them negative-calorie cookies, and excellent karma in return.
- Walk away. If you’re really upset allow yourself to feel that so you can get over it. But get over it, and just keep writing, writing, writing.
|S. R. Karfelt|
Now let's talk book reviews and other scary stuff like my bathroom scale that is a *&@! pathological liar.