A five or four star review can make your day. Three stars or less and the whole world is against you. A couple of examples:
1. 4 of 4 people found the following review helpful – 5.0 out of 5 stars – Thrilling, gripping and chilling…
“This is a highly accomplished debut. I was hooked on how the evil unfolds, and was caught out by every one of the twists. I highly recommend this to fans of Gillian Flynn… Julie Haiselden is the new author to follow!”
(Immediate reaction: What a generous reviewer! I’m swamped by lovely warm glow of self-congratulatory smugness).
2. 0 of 2 people found the following review helpful – 3.0 out of 5 stars – Three Stars
“A strange book Julie has a strange imagination but certainly kept me reading to an unusual end”
(Immediate reaction: Ouch! Reviewer has used same adjective twice and seems to think we’re on first name terms).
Love them or loathe them, readers’ reviews are part and parcel of the author’s life. I don’t think anyone has established a fool-proof strategy for dealing with the less flattering comments we would all like to avoid, so my next blog will concentrate on a few coping mechanisms.