My first book “Starburst” is out with several readers for a review. Did I state that correctly? I’m not sure.
I’m new at this and don’t have the lingo down yet. I recently got an email from one reviewer telling me he just couldn’t review my book, because he could not finish it. Why? It boils down to my writing style gets on his nerves.
Now, I’m human; that hurt. It threw my groove off for a day, but I’m glad I was told what got on his nerves about my writing. I can’t change my style, what comes out is what comes out, but I can take it into consideration while I’m currently editing book 2# of my series.
Now, that you have some background, here’s my point. I want to let book reviewers know what it’s like to have your book reviewed by someone. These are a 100% my feelings. I do not speak for all the authors of the world.
Imagine you just had a baby. You take your baby, your first born baby and go into a room full of people. One by one you hand your baby over to each person and they in detail tell you everything that is wrong with your baby. They will also tell you what is good. While they are criticizing your baby you must stand there nod, smile, and take notes. Then you go home look over those notes while sipping several cups of coffee, or possibly whiskey, and ponder how to improve your baby. If this analogy doesn’t work for you, here’s another.
Consider your favorite pair of jeans. The jeans you would wear every day if possible. The jeans you could literally sleep in because they are the epitome of wonderful, for you. Put those jeans on, walk into the same room full of people. One by one you stand in front of these people, they tell you everything that is wrong with these jeans, the fit, the brand whatever. They might also mention the great things about those jeans. You might get a great jeans high five out of one of them, but you might get what was she/he thinking nods out of others.
This, book reviewers, is what it feels like, for me anyway, to hand over my book for review. I want and need honest reviews. Starburst is my first attempt. Honest reviews are the only way to improve my craft. Yet, I have feelings that I haven’t learned to shove aside. Readers and book lovers of the world, I ask you to for just a moment consider that someone is sitting somewhere at a computer pouring their heart into their manuscripts. Treat these writers fairly and without venom.
Author of “Starburst (The Women of The Grey Book 1)“