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Series: Dark of Night, Book 2
Author: Ranae Glass
Published: April 21st, 2015
Publisher: Crimson Tree Publishing
Genre: NA Paranormal Romance
Content Warning: Violence and adult language
Recommended Age: 18+
Isabel Stone’s life is far from normal. She’s a girl with problems—vampire problems to be specific and, now, she also has one ticked-off specter on her hands. Approached by a childhood friend and medium, Isabel agrees to look into the murder of a local girl, only to wind up inhabited by the solitary witness—a centuries-old ghost who is all too happy to piggyback along in Isabel’s body, and she’s not leaving until the culprit is behind bars.
With the help of her partner, Shane, and her crazy family, Isabel struggles to get to the truth, unmask a killer, and deal with her growing feelings for not one, but two, of the sexy, undead men vying for her heart. Just when things are finally falling into place, a huge revelation takes her out of the frying pan… and straight into the fire.
Criticism is something we all face. And you always think you will handle it well, but it’s SO EASY to lose perspective and just go a little crazy. When you put a book out in the world, you are opening yourself up to feedback. Some people will love it, some will hate it. Some will absolutely rip your soul out with scathing, cruel, and sometimes unjustified reviews.
And as readers, that is absolutely their right.
Your job, as an author, is to take those critiques with a grain of salt. If you get wonderful reviews, it can be easy to start believing your own hype. Just because a fan (or a thousand fans) report that your book is the greatest thing ever, doesn’t mean you can act like a diva, nor does it mean that they are all lying to make you feel better. You, as a professional author, should accept praise with gratitude and humility.
You should accept bad reviews with just as much gratitude and humility. And a healthy dose of patience as well.
Too often I see authors who think they are above bad reviews. Or they will say, well I can handle bad reviews, as long as they aren’t mean, or as long as they read the whole book, or whatever.
That’s not how it works.
People leave bad reviews for a million reasons, but the biggest reason, is they just didn’t like your book. And that’s OKAY. Here’s where you come in. If you get a bad review, don’t go ranting online about how they obviously “didn’t get it”, or how they “have no idea what real literature is” or even that “they just don’t like anything in this genre so why did they even pick it up?” Your job is 100% to keep your mouth shut. Accept that not everyone will like your book. Accept that to someone, this will be the worst thing they’ve ever read.
I repeat, it happens to ALL of us.
Don’t believe me? Go look up your all time favorite book. Now scroll down and look at that book’s one star reviews.
See? Told you so.
But this isn’t a reason to get down on yourself. Authors are fragile creatures and for every negative comment, a hundred positive ones are erased in our brains. You cannot let bad reviews get inside your head. I have seen authors literally having breakdowns about bad reviews and at the end of the day, yeah they suck, but they also aren’t going to break your book, so you can’t let them break YOU either.
So, for an author, this is the best advice I can give you. Be grateful for the good reviews, and ignore the bad ones. Read them if you must (I don’t recommend it), or have a trusted friend scan through and just send you the good ones, the constructive ones, the ones that aren’t just someone hating on you and the horse you rode in on. But know that your book is more than the star rating on Amazon or the number of shelves on Goodreads. It’s a piece of you. And just by writing it, just by bringing it out into the world, you have won. You’ve done something hard and amazing and that alone is worth more than all the 5 star reviews in the world.
I wish you all the best Ranae and hope some of you check out her Dark of Night series!
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