"Kiersten White is a Literary Goddess!"
"I know it's just YA, but Kiersten White's writing is so awful it makes me want to puke."
Clearly the first reviewer is the only one who knows what she is talking about.
There's a reason I don't read reviews, and that is: they don't change anything. When I sit down to write I am neither a goddess nor a vomity mass of awful writing. I'm just me, writing how I write, and that has to be enough. Opinions about my book are exactly that--opinions. Frankly, I'm thrilled my book is out there to GET opinions. I genuinely value them, and I have the most amazing fans and get the most amazing emails. And I'm sorry to that girl I made puke. Hope it didn't come out her nose, because that's painful.
Actually, maybe I hope just a little bit came out her nose.
Anyhow. People love your writing. People hate your writing. Doesn't matter. You always write alone. (Thank heavens, too, because I'd hate for people to be reading over my shoulder and vomiting all over my poor MacBook. It'd also be kind of distracting to have someone actively worshipping me while I tried to tap out book three. I might have to try that one out sometime, though.)
Point: Reviews are for other readers. Authors are free (and encouraged by me) to ignore them. It's kind of vital to our survival/sanity. Readers are free (and very, very encouraged by me) to review and discuss and talk about what they are reading. Love it or hate it, I want you to have an opinion about my book--because that means you read it, and that makes me happy.
|I initially thought this fountain should be dedicated to my son, the eternal puker.|
But instead I am dedicating it to everyone who hates my book. Puke away, friends! Puke away!
(Note: I am not feeling bad or looking for validation in the comments. The feedback I get is overwhelmingly positive! I get the most incredibly kind and enthusiastic emails. The ones from teens especially make me giddy with joy. And the puking comment actually made me laugh. Promise.)