Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Reviews

A friend told me she was going to read my book in the bathroom.  At first I was a little offended by this but as I think about it at least she is reading it.  Additionally if it sits in her bathroom and other people use her bathroom they may pick it up.  This may be a whole new marketing technique that should be explored.

I've sold 17 copies of my book in one form or another.  Now I have to patiently wait while people read and hope they will post a review.  I'd love all positive reviews but I know that they won't be. 

The hard part for me is as I look over the versions I'm seeing changes I would make - small changes that I would do differently.  The changes aren't large enough to merit an update but if I find enough of them they will add up eventually.

Criticism is a part of life as an author.  I won't be able to please everyone all the time.  Some people will take offense at my topic, writing style, amount of sex (or lack of it) in a book, or almost any aspect of the book you can think of.  All I can hope for is that most people will like the book and will be willing to give it a try.

I won't lie - a negative review will probably hurt my feelings.  It is bound to.  I'll get over it.  I always do.  Books are like a baby to most authors.  It is a lot of work to create characters, plot, and so on.  By the time we are done, I have molded the manuscript into shape (I hope).  It is like raising a kid - here is this unformed being and as a mom I take and shape it into what it will be - hopefully in a positive and good way.  To have someone come along and tell you that you did a lousy job is tough to hear.  However, I have to look on a negative review as a way of looking to improve my writing.  If it is constructive - like I found errors in these locations or here is a plot oooppss - then I can use that as a way to improve the product.  If it is a "I didn't like it" type of review, there is little I can do about that. 

If you've read my novel, please go and write a review on it.  Be honest because honesty helps me hone my craft and make a better product either by updating and improving the current product or creating a better product for the next manuscript. 

Secret Past is available here:
Barnes and Nobles:
http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/secret-past-eileen-troemel/1119169953?ean=9781499159868
Smashwords:
https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/426548
Amazon:
http://www.amazon.com/Secret-Past-Eileen-Troemel-ebook/dp/B00JL38Z7C/ref=la_B00JL4PEJ8_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1398097355&sr=1-1

2 comments:

  1. You are an amazing writer : )
    Especially about fall! Your descriptions can bring ones senses to life!
    Bathroom books are not such a bad thing-people are always picking up my assortment of reading materials and checking them out!

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  2. Thank you!

    This might lead to a whole new way of marketing. A great book to read while sitting on the toilet... LOL

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