So far, two amazing people have written reviews for my book. I am very grateful for these reviews and while both readers had amazing things to say about my book, they also had a few things to say that, honestly, kind of bummed me out.
I think it’s natural that as writers we want every rating to be 5/5 stars and every review to say that our book is the best book that the reader has ever read. However, let’s be honest, especially if we’re just starting out, chances are that our writing isn’t going to be like the writing of Stephen King or J.K. Rowling. There is going to be room for improvement and things that we need to work on – it’s only natural.
Two of the reviews that I’ve read for my book have said the same thing – I struggle with ‘telling’ instead of ‘showing’. I’m very aware of this. In fact, I’m slightly jealous of the amazing authors that are so good at imagery – it takes my breath away.
Instead of getting bummed out about not so perfect ratings, we need to grasp on to the positive things that our readers have to say about our work and learn from their critiques. The best types of reviews are the honest ones. Reviews are a wonderful tool because they allow us to understand what the readers want and need from our work Reviews help show us what we as writers need to work on.
I am so grateful that two amazing bloggers and readers have reviewed my book for me. Not only does it help advertise my novel, but it helps me learn from certain writing issues. Also, by reading the reviews written about my work, I’ve felt hopeful. While my writing may not be perfect, it does seem like I’m on the right track.
So don’t worry if the reviews aren’t perfect. Embrace the positive comments and use the critiques to make your next piece of work even better than the one before it!
My book has received both a 4/5 and 3.5/5. If you’d like to read the reviews, click here
If anyone has suggestions for how to ‘show’ and not ‘tell’, I’m open for suggestions. I seriously don’t mean this sarcastically as I know it’s something I struggle with.