As an author, I take something I’ve painstakingly created, slaved over, put my heart into and send it out into the world for people to read, enjoy, criticize, and, in some cases, chew up and spit out.
I knew getting into this business was never going to be easy. You have to contend with bullies, street teams, and other authors who want to see you fail so they can step over you and get just that bit higher to the top.
As a reviewer, I try to take into consideration all these things and take books as they are meant to be taken as per their genre. With certain genres, come certain reader expectations.
What I love though about reviewing is getting feedback. When I leave a review, I try to be diplomatic (many of my author friends will tell you, I send them reviews first before posting). I want to put myself in a position where if I were reading the review as the author, how would I feel? This technique seems to have worked well because I’ve gotten some very kind things back from authors, even when I may not have left what would be considered a glowing review.
This fills me with hope and happiness that there is some good left in the world. I think we all too often forget the faces behind the books. That author has feelings just like the rest of us. I don’t take into this constructive criticism. To grow, an author needs both positive and negative feedback made in ways to show what could be done differently from the readers’ perspective.
Anyways, this concluded my babble for today. I’m in a very good mood and continuing to work on my next release. I’ve ordered paperback proofs of The Soldier’s Secret and, in the next few days, I hope to feature a very unique author and his take on fairy tales and legends!