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How Good Reads Defeated Me

Two months ago I had a Good Reads meltdown, and since then I check it only once a week. For the last 2 weeks there has been no change in my overall stats. In other words, no one is rating any of my books. As you can see by the above graphic, Good Reads as a whole finds me only slightly above average.

Granted, there was a time when this made me fume with impotent rage. There is a certain innate sense of ego in all writers I think. Like, it takes balls to submit your work to a publisher. I always said I was submitting my first manuscript with the hopes they'd reject it, because then I could prove I tried, but in reality I know I was hoping they'd accept it. I put that acceptance right up there as one of life's grand events.

I was just reading a post about comments made on an L.A. Times article. The article was about the Paula Deen scandal, and the comments posted to the article were truly cringe-worthy. As I read through them I started to think, this is no different than a Good Reads review. Sure, there are some people posting reviews on GR that don't have a hidden agenda, but I tend to think they're in the minority.

What caused this retreat from GR, for me anyway, was a few reviews posted on my latest novella, Red Sunset. Obviously, people are entitled to their opinions, and obviously I'm not one of those writers that everyone flocks to as a goddess. I put a lot of time, effort, and labor into writing my books, and to see them dismissed as drivel is not very pleasant.

In any case, writing is on hold over here while I figure out what my next steps are in my fight with cancer. I still do a double take when I seen my name associated with that word.

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Jun. 23rd, 2013 04:11 pm (UTC)
your health and well-being are what is most important. GoodReads sucks, and I feel that there are several people there, reviewers and the like, with personal agendas who want to make others feel about as important as a grasshopper who's lost the ability of their legs (stupid people)---you're a great author, and a great person!

I'm praying for you, and I hope you'll continue to keep us, those who really do care about you, OL & IRL, updated on YOU :)

I may be just an OL friend, but I hope still a friend. . .


Jun. 23rd, 2013 06:15 pm (UTC)

Thanks! I will definitely keep everyone updated, as soon as I know something new.

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