I really need to stop reading reader reviews. A series of really positive reviews had sort of lulled me into a false sense of security. And then, when my guard was down, someone wrote a negative review of Don’t Judge a Book by its Cover and gave it a one star rating. It felt like someone had made a fist and just punched me in the gut. I lived much of that book; it is my story.
Now I will be the first to admit that I am not a professionally trained writer and I make mistakes. I’m sure there are things that the editors and I missed – that just happens. There are probably ways I could have plotted things differently, but I chose to follow the story mostly as it happened and mostly in sequence. I did shuffle some events around to make them fit in more smoothly. I welcome comments, even negative ones, if they come with some detail about what the reader disliked and why. I’m delighted to find problems so that I can fix them in future writing efforts.
Maybe someday I’ll have worked up enough strength to go back and read what the reviewer wrote in his review that he published online, but it will not be today.