Jon Gibbs (jongibbs) wrote,
Jon Gibbs

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First Reviews and Worst Reviews

Thank you so much for all the kind words about my first ever story sale. They were much-appreciated.  I’m especially grateful to those who graded my story and left kind comments over at Every Day Fiction. 


I even got a couple of bad reviews, which gave me a taste of what it feels like to be a writer. 


First, best and worst, when it comes to reviews, these are the ones writers tend to remember most. At least, that’s how it is for me. To this day, I can’t see the words 'Illiterate halfwit' without thinking of my old gran, and her critique of my first novel. 


None of the negative comments about ‘Wild West Justice’ were quite as bad.  That said, I think it’s safe to assume the person who wrote ‘Trite. Cliche. Sophomoric. Does this place publish anything of substance?’ didn’t give it a five star rating.


Not that I’m complaining, mind. The occasional bad review comes with the territory, right?  And unless this turns out to be the peak of my literary career, I need learn to live with all manner of feedback, even the bad stuff. At least in this case, the negative comments were very much in the minority. My job in the future is to make sure that ratio of good to bad stays the same.


After yesterday's excitement, it's time to get back to the grindstone, and the short stories I've been working on.  After all, good reviews are nice, but acceptance letters are better. 

How about you? 


What was the worst review you ever got? 


What do you do about the negative stuff?

Tags: fiction, reviews, writing

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