(For)Getting the Grade

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So, it’s the beginning of another year and I still find myself reading the various posts of folks who have received bad reviews for their books.
Now, I understand how we, as writers, are pleased as pickles when someone likes our work and takes the time to do a rating/review online telling everybody world-wide that they ‘liked’ our book–our ‘baby’. But do we REALLY expect EVERYONE to like what we wrote?
Maybe in a galaxy far, far away that could happen.
But…we’re here on Earth and there are a lot of people who have a lot of different tastes and just as many available choices.
And, unfortunately for you (ahem…or me), they didn’t like the choice they made by reading your book.
Boo Hoo.
Don’t get me wrong, I’m not belittling you or making fun of you because you are crushed or heartbroken over your first bad review…
or your ten thousandth…
I just want to share a couple of things that we, as writers, need to remember.
Let me ask this question; How many of you writers out there have heard people tell you that they want to write a book…or they tell you they have a great idea and it is still in their head?
Okay, now…how many of those same people have taken the time out of their busy lives, missed events in their own children’s lives, stayed up late on work nights, took unknown trips to the library (or to the google gangway) to do the needed research, slaved for hours and hours over their keyboard making every word count, and actually produced a work that they are proud of?
Yeah, y’all know the answer to that one, don’t you?
Everybody’s a writer these days.
No, seriously!
I am so proud to have gone in my Amazon ranking from six or seven MILLION something–something, to just over five million.
Go ahead…laugh.
You just need to know that you’re laughing WITH me, not AT me. ‘Cause I’m laughing, A WHOLE LOT!
It’s hilarious when you realize all the people who are able to put out books these days with print on demand as well as various other publishing tools and we think our book is gonna be a grand slam right off the bat (okay, I’m guilty here too!).
Remember, twenty years ago five out of six MILLION writers and their books would have NEVER BEEN PUBLISHED! You and I are more than likely in that group of the aborted primordial soup of literature.
Someone might have given you a bad review for your e-book formatting…for your artwork on the cover…or, it’s too short, or too long…
Live with that and laugh. But learn from it.
Now, when they have some serious stuff to say (and yes, Virginia…it can hurt) Take note of what is being said and……….
What doesn’t kill us, makes us stronger.
Oh, and in case you didn’t know……
Star Wars was HATED by the critics (at least, most of them) and was laughed at by those same critics as they proclaimed…
“It will never amount to anything.”
Write on, my friends
Learn, don’t cry
Fight with your pen
Don’t lay down and die……

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