Publishing a manuscript to get it out in the public eye has its rewards.  It also can deliver a lump or two--not just the little things along the way, but much later...when the reviews start coming in (if you can even get reviews).

I was reminded of this fact only yesterday, as I looked on Amazon, smiling at three five-star reviews for my latest work--and in the mix, wouldn't you know it, one, one star review..."What, ONE star??" I thought to myself...then uttered a string of obscenities that I shall not repeat here.

Reading this one review reminded me of a valuable fact:  reviews are subjective--and sometimes they're colored by the admiration a reader has for the author.  Then there are those who enjoy the cloak of anonymity; this gives them a false sense of power--that they can with a few words, either support or condemn the work as "rubbish."  Then you have those who see a work with a few great reviews and they decide to screw up the rating by trashing the work, no matter if they've read it, or not.

"Take your lumps, son." I can hear my parent's voices echo in my mind.

I cracked a smile and laughed as I thought about it:  you can't have thin skin if you want your work read.

So give me two lumps, please.  That makes the coffee so much sweeter!!



Linda Ames
09/28/2016 8:39pm

All things written are subject to the tastes and interests of the reader. They are also subject to a number of other factors as to whether an article, essay, poem, story meets a reader's "approval." And, certainly the approval of a publisher. The world's wastebaskets are filled with rejection slips. Many authors who eventually made it, were faced with rejection. It is to be expected. Yes, you have joined the army of writers who will get the good, bad, and indifferent. You are in good company.

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