I received my first one star review for ‘The Kirkwood Scott Chronicles: Skelly’s Square,’ yesterday. And, wow, what a review! They HATED it and proceeded to tell me in great detail why they hated it. In fact, it’s probably the longest review I’ve ever received. By the time I got to the bottom I must admit I was more than a little deflated. All the previous five star reviews vanished in a puff of smoke as I fixated on this particular hatchet job.
I say hatchet job as it wasn’t the most constructive piece of feedback. On the plus side at least they finished the book and took the time to post a review. It wasn’t in capital letters and they didn’t threaten to turn up at my house and burn it to the ground. I knew this day would come eventually but had been lulled into a false sense of security by all the wonderful and positive comments the book has received over the last two years.
I’m old enough to be able to take a bit of criticism on the chin. Even the greatest authors have received terrible reviews. Not everyone is going to love your work and you have to be prepared to take the rough with the smooth. Constructive feedback is a great way to improve as a writer, whereby I can hone my literary skills and focus on highlighted areas where I can improve my craft.
I’m not going to go into the gory details of the review but it’s on Amazon for all to view if you so wish. But I did take issue with a couple of the comments which I found unfair and wholly inaccurate. I’m not going to rise to the bait and respond to them but they were just plain wrong and a tad crass if I’m being honest. But onwards and upwards. Thank you to everyone who reads and reviews by books; good, bad and indifferent.