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The Perils of Goodreads

It feels so good to get a reader review that is positive.  Last month, someone posted a review of my  YA, The Waiting Booth and the review went like this:

“The Waiting Booth was enjoyable in every sense, very different from any book I have read…Brinda Berry definitely captivated me with this paranormal twist involving synesthesia, a medical condition where senses overlap. Different and awesome, right? See what I mean?…”

This reader rated it 4/5 stars.  Although I’ve not posted her entire review, the rest was just as flattering and made me want to smile, dance, and write until my hands fall off.

Basking in this review is one of the best things about being an author.

WARNING: Don’t let it go to your head.  Inevitably, all authors will experience the flip side of this coin.  Do not think that you are immune.  I’ve had some reviews that didn’t make me want to dance. I’ve even had The Waiting Booth receive the “1” rating that made me do this:

  1. Question what the reader didn’t like since there was no review to accompany the star
  2. Get angry because how bad can my book be to receive a freaking “1”
  3. Calm down because maybe I should be grateful that the reader didn’t exound on what he/she didn’t like
  4. Move on and accept because this is part of being an author
  5. Go eat a cookie

I love this video by Lauren DeStefano (author of Wither) on the perils of Goodreads.

BIO: Brinda lives in the southern US with her family and two spunky cairn terriers. She’s terribly fond of chocolate, coffee, and books that take her away from reality.
Whisper of Memory Book Trailer: http://youtu.be/PbZ_cjGsjA8