So I have to confess to another bad habit, at least a bad habit for writers. I like to go to the Amazon page of books I enjoyed (or Goodreads or what have you) and read the one-star and two-star reviews. And, sometimes, they have valid points, and I can see where they were coming from. Other times, said reviews are crazy-sauce. If the internet has proven one thing, it's that some people will fundamentally mis-read something, and have loud opinions about it.
Knowing that, am I going to be able to keep myself from reading my one-star and two-star reviews?
No, I'm not. I'm really not. I just don't have that kind of self-control.
However, what I think
I'll be able to do is roll with those bad reviews. I won't respond to
or challenge the reviewers. I will likely rant and scream a bit within
the confines of my own household, but nothing public. I mean, I was an
actor and theatre producer, so I've had bad reviews before. I can take
But.... I might also see some valid points.
Points that I could learn from in the next project. Or give me insight
into which aspects of the books are or aren't working for people.
Because, it would be the height of hubris to think that I've got
everything figured out and there's nothing left for me to learn. Even
the most misguided, vitriolic bile-spitting hate-screed of a review
could have a seed of value I can harvest. And if there isn't, then... ignore it.
And since there's always more to harvest, it's off to the word... fields. Hmm. That metaphor isn't quite as romantic, is it?
Thursday, October 2, 2014
Haters Gonna Hate; Raters Gonna Rate.
Posted by Marshall Ryan Maresca
Marshall Ryan Maresca is a Fantasy and Science Fiction Novelist, as well as a playwright, living in South Austin with his wife and son. He is the author of the Maradaine Novels:
The Thorn of Dentonhill, A Murder of Mages , The Alchemy of Chaos, An Import of Intrigue , The Holver Alley Crew, The Imposters of Aventil and Lady Henterman's Wardrobe (Forthcoming).
His work also appeared in Norton Anthology of Hint Fiction and Rick Klaw’s anthology Rayguns Over Texas. He also has had several short plays produced.
Visit his website at mrmaresca.com