I am lucky to have had excellent critical acclaim for Junkie both on Amazon and on various blogs. So imagine my horror when I looked at the reviews on Goodreads.com. Among the 5-star and 4-star reviews was a 2-star review and worse, the opening sentence ran, I was very tempted to give this book a single star.
The reviewer, Guilie Castillo, went on to say that she liked a lot about the book. Her low rating was based on shortcomings in the writing. Of course, as the proud author, I bridled at this and took exception to her comments about needing an editor, because I had used a great editor throughout the development of the book. I ranted a bit but then I calmed down, because I knew…
She was right.
At the last draft of Junkie, I had run out of budget for a line edit, so I did it myself and a couple of friends helped out. Guilie had spotted the flaws that we all missed. Her analysis was fair and constructive. Like her, I am always bugged by errors like these when I read the works of others, indie and trad alike.
My current editing budget is dedicated to Oboe, the sequel to Junkie. After a lot of soul searching, I decided not to do a further draft of Junkie at this time but with care, I went through the manuscript several times and corrected the errors that she had found. I have uploaded the corrected manuscript to Amazon and iTunes.
She was particularly right about my habit of filtering (I think… I feel… I remember…) and I have made a resolution to be on the lookout for it at all times.
Guilie, thank you for taking the time to review Junkie. Authors all like to bask in the 4- and 5-star reviews but what we should be looking for are reviews like yours.
Fellow authors, we all know that a ‘bad’ review is painful but when they are constructive, they are well worth focussing on because, with luck, they will make us better.
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