It's All About Balance
My newest novel, The Third Fate, was sent out to beta readers very late the night before last. Clicking that send button filled me with a sense of satisfaction and accomplishment. Then I considered all the ways in which my wonderful betas might help me to sharpen my story, improve on my delivery, and I admit, even more excitement grew. I'm not a patient person - did I mention that? Waiting is a trial for me, but a necessary part of the process. So....I wait.
Her Dark Baron, my historical novella, has done better than I ever imagined! It's a big deal for me! I've had some very encouraging feedback from readers - and some constructive criticism for future books given in a kind way. Fantastic, right? Yes! But then... I read a review that literally ripped me a new ...er, ummm, 'skirt'...yeah, a new skirt. (wink wink). Oh, I'd been told to expect bad reviews. I know that every book won't appeal to every reader. I suppose I couldn't understand until I read that scathing assessment. It felt so personal! But it isn't. It's business. Once you realize that truth, and accept it, you get on much better. It was a learning process for me - an unhappy lesson - but one I needed to learn.
A wise friend gave me the best advice. 'Do what you love. Forget the rest. Live life to the fullest so regret finds no home in your heart.' It's a good motto to live by. I've heard from two camps on this issue - so, I ask....
Do you follow your book(s) reviews or do you try not to get caught up with them?
In ROW80 News...
* The Third Fate is in the hands of beta readers....Yippee!
* I exercised only once this week. But...my friend Sarah invited me to her finished basement where she is hosting a Zumba party later this week! I'm really excited.
* Today, I'm fasting from dawn to dusk in honor of the Purim holiday, which begins at sundown tonight! I've decided to say a blessing every time I think of food...It's eight-a.m. and I'm stunned at how many times already my mind has wandered to food. Maybe G-D was onto something when he called himself the 'bread-of-life' and 'living-water'...heh heh. (Not to be irreverent...just my humor filled observation)
* I'll indulge in some 'reading-for-enjoyment' the rest of this week! I've got The Hunger Games and Pure waiting for me. Ahhh...lovely.
* Fresh and ready to go by next Monday, if all goes well, I plan to begin serious research for the next novella, which will be another historical!
What about you? Do you have a new project in the wings? A WIP nearly complete?
Have a wonderful back-half to your week, everyone! Happy Writing!