…all of the time. And that is the truth!
Once a book is released and it’s available for sale, reviews start coming in. And sometimes they’re mixed. What one person sees as having little substance, another sees as convoluted. So, which is it?
Actually, it’s neither and it’s both. Authors have to be thick skinned, to accept the bad with the good. To revel in the five-star reviews, to be pleased that readers enjoyed your book. But, also, to think about the occasional two-star review and learn from it.
Sometimes, the criticism is valid. Sometimes it’s reader bias. And sometimes…when your editor suggests you add detail to flesh out the secondary characters and then you get a crummy review because a reader expected the story to be about a main character and found the lesser characters distracting…you just have to remind yourself that you can’t please all of the people all of the time.