Five bad reviews of either of my books from people I don’t know. That’s my goal for this summer. I told my husband this last week and he looked at me as if I’d sprouted an arm from the top of my head.
I do have a good reason for wanting five bad reviews: if I don’t get any bad reviews, not enough people are reading the book.
This doesn’t mean I’m eager to read a bad review of The Eagle and The Arrow. And it doesn’t mean that I want more terrible reviews than good ones. No one likes a bad review. But no bad reviews are almost as bad as no good reviews, I think, because that means only my friends are reading it. Though I treasure my friends and want them to read my work, I also want to reach readers of all kinds.
And if I reach a wide enough group of readers, I will find the haters. Not everyone is going to love my work, I know this. I mean, look at Amazon. There are people, alive and dead, who hate The Great Gatsby, Pride & Prejudice and The Fellowship of the Ring, so there are definitely people around who will hate my work. This summer, I want to get my book into enough hands that I find some of them.
I actually enjoy your books a lot. But I can write a bad review if it’d make you feel better.
You’re not a stranger, so I couldn’t count your bad review. I do appreciate the offer, however.
Go for ten. Think big. You’re on a roll. Keep rolling.
Thanks, Deb! I think I can manage 10 bad reviews.
Try to get your book banned in a foreign country, too.:) Cheers. Cannot wait to read your next one! Awesome.
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I have six books pulished over at Amazon.com and my books sell well. I prefer good reviews but I have noticed when I get bad reviews sales seem to spike upwards. I find that an interesting coincedence.
That IS interesting. Thank you for sharing that; it will make me feel a lot better when I get a bad review.
You’re welcome. I look forward to reading your books 🙂