Negative criticism, no matter the source, is going to at least sting, and at worst, send you into a tail spin of regret, depression, and self-doubt. Despite the pain though, negative criticism can be very helpful. I have several beta readers that go over my Sydney Rye novels before publication and they are tough on my manuscripts. But that’s really important. Figuring out what is wrong with your story is awesome, because then you can make it better.
While criticism from trusted sources can be eye opening, low star reviews on amazon by readers I’ve never met and whose taste I don’t know anything about are only useful as a way to justify eating ice cream while sorrowfully watching “The Vampire Diaries”. Now, I’ll admit that I read those reviews and I watch bad television after. I try not to, but I want to read the good reviews, and I don’t have the will power to skip the mean stuff.
Overall though, hearing people’s honest opinion on your work is really priceless. My Sydney Rye Series has over 300 reviews on amazon and it’s great to have such a large picture of how readers feel about my work. Knowing what readers like about my books helps me give them more of it. And if I see a recurring complaint I can fix it. So while negative criticism can hurt (fine, always hurts), maybe it’s still a good thing.
About the Author:
Her "Sydney Rye Series" are dark murder mystery novels which features a strong female protagonist and her rescue dog, Blue. This series is recommended for the 18+ who enjoy some violence, don't mind dirty language, and are up for a dash of sex. Not to mention an awesome, rollicking good mystery!
The first four books in Kimelman's series, UNLEASHED, DEATH IN THE DARK, INSATIABLE and STRINGS OF GLASS are available on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, iTunes, and Kobo.
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The Sydney Rye series of mysteries features a strong female protagonist and her rescue dog, Blue. This series is recommended for the 18+ who enjoy some violence, don't mind dirty language, and are up for a dash of sex. Not to mention an awesome, rollicking good mystery!
This box set includes all three of the Sydney Rye Books.
Buy all Emily's books at Amazon or Barnes and Noble