As a writer, I read the customer reviews on my books on Amazon regularly. It’s hard not to become obsessed by them and like any writer I am quite sensitive to criticism. Such sensitivity no doubt is from a lack ofconfidence as I’m relatively new to writing fiction. In my real job of course, I’m much more confident as you can’t do that job if you aren’t. Most reviewers are fair and looking at what they write demonstrates that it is a matter of taste and therefore subjective whether one likes a book or not. What one writes in a ‘customer review’ should however be based on knowing what you’re talking about. I get a feeling of irritation with some of the reviews though. One of my books had very good independent reviews but one customer indicates it could have been written by an 11-year-old. Oddly enough that is almost word for word what a critic said about Hemingway, to which he replied that he knew the ten-dollar words but he didn’t use them, because he used simpler older and more meaningful words. Not that I’m even in the same hemisphere as Hemingway in my writing.
Another seems to think ‘The Cyclist’ was only published because my wife is a published author. Well, no she isn’t and no it wasn’t. Of course they are all welcome to their opinion and some of the criticism is genuinely useful. I guess my writing is abit like Marmite – some like it others hate it. Either way, ‘The Cyclist' has sold 15,000 copies and I have three books on the first page of Amazon’s ‘War’ best-seller page, so maybe more people like my stuff than hate it!
It’s all so subjective, isn’t it?