Failing is not weakness, giving up is!
Most authors have some kind of apprehension when it comes to bad reviews. My advice to any bad review is always the same, listen to constructive criticism and ignore negative opinions because you can’t please everyone.
My worst fears came true in 2015 when I started to market a book that I published as an achievement of overcoming dyslexia in 2012. Mixed reviews rolled in, some FIVE stars reviews some ONE star reviews. As a novice I painfully learnt that putting your first draft on amazon was NOT what other authors did. I knew what I had overcome to write my book, but others did not. And they did not want to see it in such raw detail.
As you can imagine I was devastated, embarrassed. My friends and family had been given or bought copies of the book, and I suddenly realised that they too must be thing my writing was poor. It also did not help that my then editor left typos that my dyslexic self could not see!
So, humiliated I wanted to give up and quit as a writer. I questioned my abilities and wanted to hide away disconnecting all my social media accounts. And still to this day, some of my family and friends have only ever read that version. Cringe!
I did not quit. I dug deep and forgave my mistake, and I learnt from them.
I un-published 'Gut Feeling' immediately.
The support from followers truly touched my heart. I found a lovely new editor who I trust, and who works with me the way any good editor should. She not only edits my work, but critiques, and has taught me so much more. I now publish after many drafts and critiques.
I left school at fifteen barely able to spell my name. At twenty-five I taught myself to spell, and now to write, and write well. I will always have Dyslexia, and that’s fine by me.
I re-wrote 'Gut Feeling' and re-publish an error free book in mid 2017.
‘Gut Feeling’ is currently in production for an audio book in November 2017. Perfect for a dyslexic author.
Mistakes, though embarrassing, will just make you better. "If you learn from them"
Today I am fearless of reviews about typos, and to date I haven't had any.
Some advice to dyslexia and non-dyslexia authors. Do not worry if your first draft is not good, and if you think it is good, don't publish it! get it critique first. Find an editor who wants to be part of your team, and not just do a quick copy edit. You want an editor to critique your work, point out things that you don’t see, either because, like I was, you’re a novice, or because you are too close to your story. See your editor as the silent partner who has your back. A good editor wants your story to be the best it can, so listen to her/him.
How do you find this kind of editor? recommendation, research, or trial and error.
And to all you authors worrying about bad reviews, just think of this story and rest assured it will never be as bad as a dyslexic author working with a bad editor!
Life is what you make it....
Hello, my name is Victoria I am an author. I would like to share with you my opinion & experiences and I would love to hear your thoughts and opinions.