Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Confidence Killer

This morning I was up at 3:30am. After feeding the baby I couldn’t sleep. I decided to attack my wip. I’ve been reading a lot during my pumping sessions. Reading has reminded me why I started writing in the first place and got me excited about my current book.
I was in the middle of a hot sex scene when I took a break. BIG F’ing mistake. I took an email break. My inbox had a review. A review of Hit Me. I’ve been weary of reviews lately because I’ve gotten more not so great ones. Not to sound conceded but the bad ones used to be far and few between. So this upswing of bad reviews has taken a toll on me. I was already suffering from lack of mojo from a high risk pregnancy.
This one really cut deep. There wasn’t anything this reviewer liked about the book. She gave it a 2 out of 5. I know I shouldn’t pay attention to reviews and normally I don’t. Unfortunately my hormones aren’t “normal” right now, so little things sting.
The other thing is I used to be a reviewer. There were a few books that I had to give a 2 to, but believe me I highlighted positives. There’s nothing more gut wrenching then having to hurt an author…and that was before I became one.
Anyway, the sex scene fizzled out for now, but I’ll put on my big girl panties and get back to writing shortly. I had to vent.
If you care to see the horrible review you can read it here:


  1. Egads, bad reviews really CAN be a confidence killer. What I hate most are the ones where the reviewer will say something like, "the dialogue was awful," when dialogue is something everyone always tells me I'm good at. Ugh.

    I guess not everyone hates our stories though because some editor out there liked it enough to give it a chance.


  2. Amber, don't beat yourself up too much and I hope you get your mojo back soon. As Linda said, your editor liked it enough to publish it.

  3. You will get your mojo back soon! I'm sure I'll be crushed when bad reviews come in. Don't let anything take away your confidence. You are a great writer. Hugs!!!

  4. Don't sweat it. I know it hurts, but this will be behind you in a week or so.