The Benefits of Less-Than-Stellar Feedback

Good news about my second book, the historical fantasy currently called The Garden of Stone Houses. Chandra Press wants it, too!

When I was querying to find The Moon Hunters (then called The Children of Lehom) a home, I started on a second novel. Beginning a new project is a good thing to do when in the querying trenches. It took my mind off of the rejections that inevitably come with querying. Lo and behold, I had a second novel. I didn’t shop The Garden of Stone Houses around because before I finished editing it, I signed The Moon Hunters with Chandra Press. I put The Garden of Stone Houses on the back burner so I could focus on my first novel’s launch. Anyhow, I’m happy my books will all be in the same home. It feels right to me.

Now, onto today’s blog topic: less than stellar feedback and reviews. Authors are going to encounter less than stellar opinions of their books. It’s inevitable. Look at any book’s reviews on Goodreads, and you’ll find some one-star reviews and two-star reviews. That can be disheartening at first. Then again, this critical feedback can be invaluable because it helps give writers legitimacy and different points of view about their work.

Don’t lose heart, in other words.

For more, read Michael Alvear’s take on the benefits of critical feedback, click here.

I leave you with a picture of a stingray. Don’t be afraid of them even though they seem scary. They’re just like cats of the sea. Well, the ones in Grand Cayman are, anyway 🙂



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