As any writer knows, there's nothing worse than a bad review. In fact, the first review I received for A Magical History was only a 2* review - but that's cool, because it was constructive criticism.
Constructive criticism, I can take. Downright rudeness? Most definitely not.
I just checked out Barnes & Noble (I like to keep an eye on my reviews) and nearly had a fit. Truth, Lies & Betrayal received two 1* reviews because of the ending! Yes, I admit it does finish quite suddenly - but isn't that the point of a series? To keep you coming back for more?
It's not the first time I've been told it - and either will it be the last, but it's the first time I've been told so blatantly. Yes, they need work, I'm completely aware that they're not finished but they are my first books - surely they deserve better than a 1*? Maybe not, I guess it depends on the person, although I suppose I am slightly bias.
I still have work to do, even on the first two books. British-isms need to be removed, spell checking needs doing and all around editing. Maybe I need to bulk out the story a bit more? Who knows.. I'll find that out before I publish the last part and put them all in one, great big novel split into four parts.
I won't lie and say I'm not considering pulling my books from Barnes & Noble. Yes, the reviews hurt - I'm only young, I'm 19 at the end of the month and I guess you could say still impressionable. But then I think why should I? Every day I receive good reviews and people telling me to carry on writing because they loved my books. So what do I do? Take the constructive criticism and ignore the rude comments or give in? I have no intention of giving in completely.. I love what I do too much, so I guess it's ignoring the rude comments. In fact, 3 bad reviews out of umm *counts on fingers* umm *gives up* a lot of good reviews should barely register.
My intention was for The Mauve Legacy series to be a full novel anyway, the separate books were more testers before I published a full version to be sure it really was worth it. And yes, it is worth it, because of the loyal readers.
So, here's to you, the people who wait on tender hooks for the final part of Lily's book. I wrote twelve pages today *woohoooo!* thank you to those who've supported me so far. You can't imagine what it means to me.
Love always!! <3