Reviews and Letting it Go

I’ve been posting a lot on this thing lately. That last post was a little crazy. I was going to delete it but then I saw that a bunch of people had already read it. Oh well, I’m a little crazy at times.

I wanted to talk for a second on the subject of indie authors and reviewing and just letting go. I’m starting to get a few reviews for my stuff here and there. The audiobook and the novel, the short story collections and the essay each have several reviews at this time. Some of these reviews say stuff that I agree with (because it’s positive) and some say stuff that I’m confused about (because it’s negative and conflicting) and some say stuff I’m regretful of (because what’s done is done. I can’t change certain elements of a finished work without throwing the baby out with the bath water).

Growing up Wired just received it’s ninth review on Amazon after a fairly lengthy free campaign I ran several weeks ago. I was very excited and encouraged by much of what was said in this review. It seemed like the reader really understood the story and was able to get into it. Also, like many of the other reviews for that work, it was a fairly lengthy review, perhaps nearing two pages! That’s awesome! Even if some of what is said is criticism, I’m encouraged to see reviewers putting time and energy into critiquing my work. It was a three-star review but you know what? in a world where people are constantly shouting about their fifty, one-paragraph reviews, I’ll take a three-star review like that any day.

Fiction is supposed to arouse discussion and contemplation, not just unchecked praise. So I like it when I read things like “this novel really gave me pause for thought…” That’s good, right. That’s what novels are for. At least, that’s what I think they’re for. 

About davidwallacefleming

David Wallace Fleming is a U.S. writer, living in Austin, Texas. He is the author of the coming-of-age, social media novel GROWING UP WIRED, and the satirical science fiction audiobook, NOT FROM CONCENTRATE.
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2 Responses to Reviews and Letting it Go

  1. Honie Briggs says:

    David, This is so true and when I read your “crazy post” – funny I completely understood what you were saying.
    I too have written about the frustration of reviews that didn’t make sense to me…see http://honiebriggs.com/2012/03/04/the-good-stuff/
    Being told to do a complete rewrote (after publication) because someone thought my wonderfully told story should be more sexy.Sending encouragement your way today. : )

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