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The three-star rating rock

The Monster’s Daughter‘s rating went from 4.24 stars to 4.22 stars on Goodreads. “Sweet damn!” I exclaimed aloud. “That means another four-star rating!”

When I published the book two years ago, a four-star rating would’ve sent me into a downward spiral of mopiness. I wanted everyone in the entire world to read my book, and I wanted every single reader to give it five stars.

A lot can change in two years. (Don’t believe me? Ask the parent of a one-year-old.) My perspective as an author has certainly changed. I know not everyone wants to read an unromantic tale of moderately evil vampires. I know that some of those who might welcome such a tale want lots of staking with not so much teenage coming-of-age angst.

I’m glad for the change. Now, when I see someone has read my first novel, I cheer. It doesn’t matter if they gave it one star, or three stars, or five. My first response is, “Holy cow, somebody read my book, and they probably weren’t even at gunpoint!”

Don’t get me wrong. I do love those four- and five-star ratings. I thank the folks who give them, when I can.

Then I turn to my fiancee, Anthony, and say things like, “The Monster’s Daughter just got a four-star rating from someone whose rating average is 3.25! Score!”

My newfound perspective is one I wish I could package and distribute to new authors everywhere. There will almost certainly be bad reviews. You’ll learn from them. There will likely be good reviews, too, if you’ve done your homework. Those victories should be celebrated, each of them, because each means someone is reading what you wrote. Someone experienced your creation, and cared enough to document the experience.

That is sweet fuel for the stories to come, which will–as I am finding with my second novel–be all the better for the lessons learned in creating the first.

  1. January 16, 2013 at 4:37 am

    A star is a star, lady! I like your perspective.

    • January 16, 2013 at 4:55 am

      Thankee! Speaking of “silver linings,” I didn’t realize I had scheduled this post. My first response was a great big “d’oh!” by the next a smile. It is a great reminder about perspective in light of last night’s post. ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. January 16, 2013 at 5:29 am

    That is excellent to accept what is really out there as an audience. They are reading YOUR book. That is what many dream of and your book is out there instead of on a shelf or in the garbage. Be proud. It is true, not everyone will like each genre. As a movie buff, I prefer Lincoln with all its dialog over James Bond and all its action. Doesn’t meen that Bond is not entertaining or even well done, just means I am different in my own way. Congrats from me to you. You are a writer!

    • January 16, 2013 at 6:14 am

      I love how you frame this. I really enjoy horror novels and movies, especially the rare ones that actually scare me, but I learned some time ago not to recommend such books to most of my friends. We have many things in common, but many things not in common, which is both the way of the world and absolutely fine. Together we enjoy together the overlap. Funny how long it took me to see this with my own books! I am glad to have leaped that mental hurdle, and also for these uplifting words. Thank you!

  3. January 16, 2013 at 5:52 am

    Well done, Deb, on the four-star review from a three-star reviewer, and on being optimistic about your work. You probably get tired of the compliments, but you’re winning all over the place.

    • January 16, 2013 at 6:18 am

      Thanks, Chris! I never tire of genuine compliment, in wither the receiving or the giving. We hear so much negativity throughout the day (much from ourselves) that I feel compliments are an essential part of remembering there’s so much more than just mistakes.

      • January 17, 2013 at 9:44 am

        Man, do I know that feeling. Too much negativity, not only due to the nature of my job, but also the nature of my inner voice. So I’ll say it again: You’re a winner. I mean that sincerely.

        • January 18, 2013 at 6:01 am

          Have you heard of the book Just One Thing? That single short book is changing how I talk to myself and others one exercise at a time. I bought bit for my sis and she is finding it tremendously helpful, too.

          I mention it now because the chapter I reread this morning is about humankind’s negativity bias (a survival tool, originally) and specific steps toward countering it.

      • January 18, 2013 at 7:10 am

        Re: your comment about Just One Thing… No, I had not heard of it, but it reminds me of Curly from the movie City Slickers. He’s asked what’s the meaning of life and he holds up one finger and replies, “Just one thing.” I’ll want to check it out. My ex wife just loaned me her copy of Eckhart Tolle’s A New Earth. I’ll see if I can request Just One Thing from my library. ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. January 16, 2013 at 5:55 am

    You FINISHED your book and keep on writing. You’ve got stamina, lady. And anyway, didn’t we already establish you are a star long ago? ๐Ÿ™‚

    • January 16, 2013 at 6:20 am

      Sadly, I haven’t written anything not-bloggy for a month! Happily, there’s an office in the new place and I am looking forward to getting back to it once my desk is actually in it. I don’t see it as stop so much as a California roll. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  5. January 16, 2013 at 5:57 am

    Your book has 4 1/2 stars on Kindle Books. That’s pretty good. I haven’t read it but I will. You are such a good writer. I’m looking forward to it. You are a star author!

    • January 16, 2013 at 6:23 am

      Thank you so much! You know, I didn’t realize I had scheduled this to post, but I am so glad it did. Reading these comments is reorienting my thinking away from “can’t have” to “can do.” I am beaming, and count myself so fortunate to have such supportive, encouraging people in my life. Thank you!

  6. January 16, 2013 at 8:06 am

    Congrats, Deb! You deserve it. ๐Ÿ™‚

  7. January 16, 2013 at 10:33 am

    Wonderful!! Ahh, if only I could write a book and post as much as you do. Inspiration comes from you and I admire that! I hope you and everyone are doing well. xoxo

  8. January 16, 2013 at 1:15 pm

    Um … technical question. Do you actually have to BUY the book, in order to rate it? (Wait, wait, hear me out!) ‘Please say you don’t, because if that’s the case, gimme a day or two. We’ll get ya up, not only back to 4.24, but headed straight for a 4.4, MINIMUM! Maybe even a 4.5! (Depends on how hard I’ve gotta stuff the ballot box.)
    Don’t ask how. The less you know, the better. I think Washington refers to it as “plausible deniability”. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  9. January 16, 2013 at 7:05 pm

    Love your perspective! Besides, if everyone gave your book top ratings, where would be the motivation to strive for more?

  10. January 17, 2013 at 2:12 am

    Always you teach.

  11. January 18, 2013 at 6:07 am

    Congrats … and rely on Erickson.

  12. January 18, 2013 at 11:48 am

    I wish I had your optimism, Deborah! Don’t ever change.

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