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. 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. (If you look at the review, it features the old DYI cover.)
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 focusing on because, with luck, they will make us better.
—— o ——
If you would like to get occasional updates from me, you can follow me on Facebook or join my email list. If you haven’t read my books, you can get the first book in the series free. Also please feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. I answer all emails.