Dear Friends, Family, and Fans,
As our Social Media family steadily grows, our reviews slowly trickle in, and our fan base begins to blossom, I would like to take a minute to say thank you. It’s been a while since I’ve created a thank you post and I feel like it’s in order.
Thank you for helping me spread the word about King Jasteroth. Thank you for buying the books, thank you for reading the books. Thank you for leaving a review. I appreciate each and every one of you. Thank you for sending in your amazing fan submission pictures, which I must admit I haven’t had any in a while so please keep sending them in, show King Jasteroth some love!
I remember reading an article somewhere, I can’t remember if it was a blog or from Jane Friedman or maybe it was an article on a writers blog I was sifting through. It said, ask for reviews but don’t read them because you’re going to drive yourself crazy with the anticipation of what if they like it what if they don’t, how could they say that, and oh wow they actually liked that part? Etc. etc. etc.
I 100% agree with that post, and I’m going to go look it up now so I can share it with you, but allow me to tell you why first. I can relate to this article on every level. Whether you receive good reviews, bad reviews, great reviews, or mediocre reviews, you are going to drive yourself crazy. Stop reading them. There are always going to be people who dislike or don’t connect with your work and that’s ok. There are always going to be people that are in love with it, and that’s also ok. At the end of the day, you can only write for you. Sometimes you produce things that completely flop. Sometimes you hit the jackpot on the first pull. But you have to remember – which I also seem to forget from time to time – You shouldn’t read your reviews because it can cause you anxiety and mess with your psyche. You can give yourself writer’s block and make yourself discouraged. Be proud of yourself. Pat yourself on the back. So you wrote a flop. You wrote. So you wrote a bestseller. You wrote. All you can do is write, and keep writing, and keep improving. You may shoot and miss, one, two, three times, but all that matters is that you keep aiming, and you keep shooting. You aren’t going to win every time. In fact, it is better you lose first so that you appreciate that win so much more when it comes.
It’s okay to be a loser, because, at the end of the day, you’re not actually a loser. We give out participation awards now, remember? Just kidding, that was a distasteful joke. But in all seriousness, it’s okay to be a loser, because at the end of the day you’re not actually one. You wrote something. You published something. Whether you went for the traditional publisher or you tried that new trendy thing called Self-Publishing (Fun fact: The Legacy of King Jasteroth Vol. 1 is Self-Published), either way, you did it!
We all have goals, we all have dreams. Getting your work out there for the public to see, read, judge, love, hate, let’s go back a couple steps, Judge, Judge, Judge. That word is one of the main reasons that a lot of writers have beautiful stories with a lot of potential sitting in the back of their desk drawers never to see the light, but sometimes judgment is a beautiful thing. It’s not how you were judged, it’s what you can learn from the judgment.
Make a list of all the good things and bad things. How many things are coming up repeatedly between reviews? If you start to notice a PATTERN, then you’ve actually been handed a very special gift. Take the negative from a review and learn from it! Use it to fix your mistakes, and to improve your quality of writing overall. Because in actuality, there is no negative in a review, or a judgment, or a report, or a critique. There is only opportunity to learn.
Here is the link to the post I read a while ago, hope you enjoy!
Why Writers Shouldn’t Read Their Own Book Reviews