Hmm. I sort of had a bit of a low point.
As much as I like to say that bad reviews really won't bother me, that they'll just roll like water off a duck's back...
They sort of sting.
No worries, I'm not really letting it get to me. I am looking over what is being said, and taking it all into consideration.
I tried something new in fantasy, and, well, you either love it or you hate it. Experiment done. "Mischief managed". On to the next book.
So while I am sort of sad when people don't like my book, I have a slight confession to make. I've put some of you, yes, you, up on a pedestal. Yes, my author buddies, I've sort of raised you all up in my mind, and had a slight moment of Hero Worship.
I still worship you all, don't worry. But, I did go read some of your one- and two-star reviews. Is that mean? Is that like, "Mean Girl-ish"? Catty?
No, it really just helped me put things into perspective. Not every reader out there is going to love everything they read. I do book reviews, for pity's sake. I know how hard it is to give those one, two and even three star reviews. I don't like saying I don't like a book. It's no fair to the author, but how else are you going to help the author learn and grow?
For those of you who have more than one book under your belt, I did see how the reviews got better with each book written. So there is hope for me.
Thanks for putting up with my slightly self pity party. This would have been a better post for IWSG, but I couldn't wait.