Just because someone wrote a bad review…

….doesn’t mean you didn’t write a good story!

On the author pages I belong to on social media, I see comments from authors distraught that someone gave their writing a negative review. In a profound way, when I read these comments, it pains me.

When someone reviews a story, the odds are their review does not take into account the blood, sweat and tears the author put into crafting their story.

When someone reviews a story, the odds are their review does not take into account what drove the author to tell their story.

When someone reviews a story, the odds are their review does not take into account that the author has a great deal of pride in the story which they told.

When someone reviews a story , the odds are their review does not take into account that the author is a person with feelings and emotions.

When someone reviews a story, the odds are their review does not take

into account the author is a person who may have taken strong inner grief, joy, anguish, love, or betrayal and put those gut wrenching emotions into a story to share with others.

When someone reviews your book, the odds are their review does not take into account that the author is baring their very soul to the world to see.

When someone reviews a story, the odds are their review does not take into account that the author bleeds from their very soul to tell their story.

When someone reviews a story, the odds are their review does not take into account that  most authors do not write for fame, glory or riches – but simply because the author needs to write.



“Who am I?”

I am an independent, self-published teller of tales. I am an author of scarcely any renown. However, as a storyteller, I know who I am, and with that persona, I am both confident and comfortable. I invite you to visit my website,

ShortStoryScribe.com and/or Amazon Author Page,

if you are so inclined please purchase a copy and leave a review.

Thank you,

Joe

10 thoughts on “Just because someone wrote a bad review…

  1. Are you preparing me for the worst?!
    Seriously, you are so right in what you say. You write, you put yourself on the line. Sometimes it’s going to hurt.
    But, as you say, an author has to write.

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  2. Thanks Chris,
    I get upset at both an author’s insecurity about what they have written, and indiscriminate reviewers, who because they may not like what is written, attack the author without any knowledge or understanding of what or why the author has written.
    In the literary world, I have not earned my stripes. I am unknown, for now, but that doesn’t change the fact, nor have any impact upon the seriousness in which I take my craft.
    I am a storyteller, the written word is the medium I use to express my art.
    Some get how and why I write, and others do not. I am encouraged by those who do, and yet, I will not let those who do not discourage me from telling my stories or the way in which I choose to tell them.
    Keep writing, and allow yourself to be your own worst critic,your biggest supporter and number one fan.
    Joe

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  3. A reader reads your book/novel and they’re paying for that not just in coin (which is okay) but in something that’s far more valuable; time out of their life that they can never get back. Time they could have been spending with family and friends or creating their own art or indulging their own passions. Far as I’m concerned, that entitles them to review my book/novel any way they wish in any manner that suits them. It’s on me to handle their feedback the best way I can.

    And yes, I’ve gotten more than my share of bad reviews and I’ve actually dug in my pocket to give people their money back when I’ve met them in person and they have told me they didn’t like what I wrote. No, it’s not easy and it never will be. But that’s part of the deal.

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  4. I’m a reviewer and I have to say I do try to take these things into consideration. I actually hate giving bad reviews, but if I don’t like a story or if it has structural or editing problems I won’t lie either.

    I always do my best to give constructive criticism, or reasons why I felt the way I did about an author’s story and when authors give me ARCs I include not only my review but any editing notes.

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    1. Hi TinaMarie
      That is excellent. I wrote this more so for newer writers who have their entire souls crushed by a negative review, trying to provide a bit of perspective

      Thank you for reading and taking the time to comment
      Joe

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