Ah, reviews. By all accounts readers don’t pay much attention to reviews when making their buying decisions, but I still wait on pins and needles for the first of mine to coming rolling in. I’m always so relieved when they’re good.
Of course, I’ve had my share of bad reviews too. Bad reviews are a part of being an author. It’s a part of having your work read by so many different people who come to the book with so many different worldviews, experiences and personal squicks and hang-ups. It’s important for an author develop a thick skin where this is concerned because your ego will take a few shots.
I’m human, so bad reviews hurt, but mostly I pout, eat some chocolate and carry on. I know that not everyone is going to think I’m brilliant and talented in this lifetime. *shrug* Not everyone loves me like my mom does, ya’ know?
Public participation time…
If you’re a writer, how do you react to a bad review? Pout? Consume massive amounts of chocolate? Track down the reviewer and demand a confrontation? Kick? Scream? I’m sure there are many ways to deal.
If you’re a reader, do you pay attention to reviews when making your buying decisions?
Speaking of reviews, here are the first two for my recent release, Tempted by Two, because you have to celebrate the good ones:
“Anya Bast really knows how to write hot love scenes…. Enjoy a touch of danger? Want your own personal heat wave? Anya Bast’s Tempted by Two is perfect.”
– Elise Lyn
“What’s a girl to do when she suddenly learns that she has fae blood, starts seeing goblins and has two men claiming that she’s meant to be with both of them – forever? She fights temptation and then when the time is right, gracefully gives in…
Anya Bast pens an amazing tale full of passion, trust, pure evil, and absolute binding love. TEMPTED BY TWO draws the reader into the story and doesn’t let go until you’ve read every word. Miranda is a wonderful character whom I loved getting to know. She’s witnessed the devastating results of domestic abuse and does everything in her power to help battered women. Marco and Theo are definitely alpha males – both are dominating and possessive, but in no way are they inclined toward any form of abuse. Convincing Miranda of that fact is going to be challenging. This book is delightfully enchanting with a few unexpected twists that will keep you guessing.”
– Chrissy Dionne