Reviews, as every author knows, can be good, bad or indifferent. Good ones warm our hearts. Indifferent ones make us reassure ourselves that while the reviewer my not have liked the book a whole lot, at least he or she didn’t think it was a waste of time to read. We can deal with that. But no author I know is indifferent to a bad review, including me.
This topic came up when I was considering finding an epub for a gothic saga I wrote some years ago. This saga got a really bad review from Romantic Times, which was a great shock to me. The reviewer felt I’d jerked her out of one generation’s story into the next way too abruptly and gave it a one.
My only “one,” but I never forgot it. I got a real shock when I pulled out scrap-books to look for another review a publisher wanted for a different book and found five really good reviews for this same “one” gothic. How had I forgotten about them? I realized then that any author can focus too much on a bad review.
Which means we’re only human. But then, so are reviewers.
The gothic? I plan to go over it. If I find I’ve written some bad transitions--and I may have--they’ll be smoothed away. I’ll also take care of any other rewriting needed. Why bother? I think because my first published book, Tule Witch, was a gothic and all these years later, I still love the gothic genre. Still, I do intend to change the title.
And, no, crows aren’t common there. They have mostly ravens.