Woo! Legit! (ish?)

Well, I have my first 1 star review. pstar


That means I’m legit, right? It’s a fair review, no bashing, so I’m cool. It all boiled down to personal opinion that the book wasn’t the reviewers style.

It just goes to show how each individual is so very unique. That our opinions/beliefs/understandings are completely subjective, while the rating system wants blanket objectivity.

When I choose books to buy, I look at the overall star rating, but I refuse to read reviews themselves. Everyone is different and reviews telling people that “xyz book sux, don’t buy it” just isn’t fair. So many people miss out on so many books that could be simply perfect for them, even if abc reviewer can’t stand it. angrylady

And yes, some critical reviews can be valid, fair, and honest. Those are the reviews authors can look at (overall) and see if there is a pattern that could be a valid issue…but I would definitely wait for a very large pool of reviews before looking for one.

Either way, as an Author and a reader/reviewer, I am not perfect. My book is not perfect. My reviews are not perfect…and I am 100% okay with being a mere mortal human being in that regard.100percent

As an author, I have to be thick skinned and follow Elsa’s lead…let it go. So I do and I applaud reviewers who are honest, but fair, and not unnecessarily cruel or pushy with their subjective opinions.elsa


4 responses to “Woo! Legit! (ish?)

  1. Letting go is sometimes hard but it’s a necessary lesson.

  2. Taking the high road, I like it! I can tolerate a 1-star review. It’s those naggly 2-star reviews that really get me, because the reviewer’s points are usually well thought-out and they hit all my buttons haha. But you’re right, no book is perfect. I actually think all writing is essentially flawed from its conception. People aren’t perfect, and neither is art (and it’s not supposed to be.) Every author has different weaknesses and strengths, and in the end it all comes to reaching that target audience. Case and point: my worst review came from a 55 year old man. The book is written for 18 year old girls. Conflict of interest, much? Still, I learned. :p

    When I’m feeling really bummed about a bad review, I google some of my favorite authors and read all the bad reviews on their books, just so I don’t feel alone.

    In the end, I agree with everything you said. Cheers! ~TL

    • Thanks Theresa! I’ve had a few reviewers be middle + aged men as well…not exactly my demographic…but get this…they were some of the more positive reviews! Weird!

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