As an author you put your heart out there and hope people will enjoy your work. In the beginning there is a lot of angst associated with each review, each rating. The good ones melt your heart. They encourage you to keep writing, keep publishing. The bad ones devastate you. You want to throw in the towel never to touch the keyboard again.
As time passes by you realize that while you strive to satisfy each and every reader, you just can’t. You’re only a mortal and there is no such thing as being liked by every single soul on this planet. So what you do is grow a tough skin for the critiques and shift your focus toward the full side of the glass.
While I appreciate all reviews and ratings, I rarely read them. They are not for me, but for the next reader interested/or not to read my novels. I have people from all over the world contacting me and telling me how much they enjoyed them. One of them is Javiera from Chile. I’m beyond ecstatic she took the time to write me. Thank you, Javiera! With her permission I copied her message here: