As my book launch continues, one of the most crucial stages is here: The reviews are starting to roll in! Today, please follow me to Love At First Book and Creatrice Mondial to see what readers are saying about “Paris, Rue des Martyrs.” And click here to see reviews on Amazon.
Speaking of reviews, as a new author, what does it feel like to wait for the first ones? Exciting and scary all at once.
Exciting as you cross fingers and toes for the best scenario: The reader loves your story and connects with your characters. That is the most rewarding part of writing!
Scary as you imagine the worst scenario (and as a writer, you have a pretty good imagination): The reader hates your story and feels indifference toward your characters. Ouch! That fear of really missing the mark!
Obviously, any writer wants more positive than negative. Beyond the common reasons such as personal pride and potential book sales, there is another reason that I think is even more important.
I’ll explain with a short anecdote. Recently, someone asked me what I do for a living and I said: “I work for myself. I’m a writer.” And he said: “No, you work for everyone else.” He was right.
And, for me, that is exactly why I consider it rewarding to have more positive than negative reviews. I am indeed writing for readers – so I hope they will feel that reading my book was time well spent!
We shall see…