The thing I worried most about when I had my first novel published was the reviews I might receive. Being dyslexic and depending on others to proofread my manuscript makes me even more nervous about grammar and punctuation, if overlooked by editors. Being a reader myself, I often read reviews on other author’s books and knew reviewers were fond of highlighting grammatical issues, typos, and punctuation, along with problems they came across with plot, characters, historical facts etc.
I knew friends would be kind in their honesty, as they wouldn’t want to disappoint me after knowing how hard I had been working to fulfil my dream. When I started receiving reviews for Stone Angels from people unknown to me my confidence grew. I was more than amazed to find out how much others enjoyed my first novel. I never expected to receive 5 stars, just honest reviews with some details which would give me an insight to my weaknesses, and maybe highlight some strengths too.
Of course, reading is such a personal thing and everyone’s taste is different. Reviews on Amazon and Goodreads aren’t for us writers and authors, but to let other readers know what the reviewer thought of the book. When I review a book, I like to say what I enjoyed about it. Whether it had a strong plot, engaging characters, whether it held my attention, etc. I don’t believe in giving too much of the plot away to other readers, but to give them an insight to what I enjoyed about it.
Today, I received a review on Stone Angels which took me by surprise. Okay, so I’m fully aware not everyone will enjoy the book. They might not like the characters, my style of writing, etc but to say the story started well, but got bogged down with a plodding script left me both amused and bewildered.
I suppose I should be happy that they were kind enough to leave a review, but I would’ve liked to understood quite what they meant by plodding script and sloppy writing. Mr Reviewer must have been so moved by my sloppy writing that he was driven to write his first review on Amazon. So I’m honour that I’m his first. I was hoping that he was on Goodreads too, so I could personally thank him for his insight into my novel.
I just hope I haven’t put him off reading any more books written by me, but there again, maybe after reading such a plodding script and sloppy writing, he won’t risk it, 😂🤣 I’ve decided to be brave, and promote my wonderful one star review.
Do you think it might help my sales?
Have a great week,
Yours, Paula R C