Insecure Writers Want to Know
“Book reviews are for the readers.” I agree with this statement. Writers, as readers, need to entice others to read the book they just finished. We should look for the good in each other’s books and not critique another writer in public on social media. For that’s what book reviews are: public advertising for the book.
However, writers should not lie about a book’s merit in a review. All books are not for every reader. Readers have their own tastes. They are looking for the next best read. For them. If a writer/reader can’t find anything good to say about an author’s book, she has two choices:
Not review the book.
Share any concerns with the author in private through email or the author’s website.
If you share concerns with the author, you’re looking to gently explain what didn’t work for the story as a whole or for you as a reader. We are not talking about genre. If you don’t like horror, don’t read horror. I’m talking about story specifics as it relates to the particular story you just finished. Writers should try to help each other. Not discredit them online. This is why we need beta readers and/or editors we trust to help us make our story the best it can be.
Book reviews are the lifeblood of any author’s advertising campaign for the book. We need book reviews to get readers to even notice our new releases. There are thousands of books coming out continuously. Who’s going to notice little ol’ nobody me when my college memoir launches? This is my main insecurity. This is my dark night of the soul. It’s what keeps me up at night. Truthfully.
As I perform the last readthrough of my college memoir before I hand it over to a copyeditor, I worry that no one will care about this heartfelt story. This struggle to succeed. The tension, both internal and external, of being a mother of five in college. I want to indie publish this story that I’ve been working on far too long.
How do YOU get over these feelings of insecurity, of thinking no one will care about your story? I so need your thoughts on this. Help me, before I never sleep again.
I’m extremely thankful for all of you for being my sounding board and advisors on this scary writing and publishing journey.
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