I'm a writer that has published books so I'm supposed to have thick skin like a rhinocerous. Right?
I'm trying to keep my head held high, to keep a smile on my face although I just found a review of one of my new books by my alter ego where someone said about my book "ick ick ick".
I'm cringing. It hurts. It feels personal, just like when someone insults one of my kids or my personality.
But I know it's just a review - by a very popular review site so lots of readers are climbing on the "ick ick ick" bus.
Well, it's much more than just a review. I'll reread it, study it, learn from the reviewer's constructive comments, just like the American Idol contestants learn from Simon, even when his comments hurt.
Fortunately, the book has had positive reviews as well, or I'd feel worse.
I know there will be readers who dislike books, even my books. I think it was the "ick ick ick - thanks for saving me from a horrible book" comments from her audience that depressed me.
Still, I'm grateful for the time and effort the reviewer took to review my book. She could have used her time and energy for other things. She did so at my request.
I could crawl into my shell and never submit another book for review. But I'll throw myself into a vat of chocolate, soak in a bubble bath, get wild and crazy, and shake it off - eventually.
This is all part of being a writer.
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