My first book has been out for a little over a month now. I have loved all the feedback, both constructive and laudatory, from readers. On Amazon, Fractured Republic has 21 reviews (a number I’m actually VERY excited about at this point) and on Goodreads it has 20.
Far from 100% of the reviews give 5 stars (although a strong number do!). I seriously do appreciate the honesty of the reviews that point out things they didn’t like or give it less than 5 stars. I think it shows that my readers have been real – not just acting like sycophants or bots. No one completely loves every word of a book… even its author. 🙂
Also, no book is beloved by everyone. For example, in 3 seconds of research, I found this dandy of a review for Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice, entitled “poorly written, slow as a snail…“:
this was the dullest, most uninteresting book I have ever read. I am nearly 80 years old and have been an avid reader all my life. I can count on one hand the books I’ve started and never finished. This is by far the earliest cut-off. I didn’t even make it a fourth of the way through. How it ever got such a high rating is baffling!
Hey, if 80-year-old ladies can hate Pride and Prejudice, anybody can hate anything.
Today I checked to see if there were any new reviews. I discovered my first truly scathing evaluation! Helpfully entitled “Boring, predictable, don’t bother,” reviewer “Sueman” gave it to me straight. He or she kindly did give the book 2 stars, so I guess it wasn’t the worst thing they’d ever read! My takeaway: If I’m only pissing off one of every 21 reviewers, I feel like that’s doing pretty well. That’s a rate I can live with. In a way, I feel like I’ve arrived.
I greatly appreciate the 20 positive reviews the book has received. I hope more people continue to discover it, and I can’t wait to expand it into a real series! And please do keep the feedback coming. Shoot me a line and let me know how to improve – I’m always trying to get better!