Ah broccoli, that leafy green veggie that has as much calcium as a glass of milk, yet can still manage to smell like a gym sock when cooked. There are only two real opinions about broccoli: You either love it (like my daughter does, with ketchup) or you hate it (like myself). Love or hate. That’s it.
Broccoli, I think, is how people react to how I write. They either love the dark twisting edges that engulf it, or they hate the bitter taste it leaves on their tongues.
Now that my books are starting to climb up the charts, more and more broccoli haters are jumping into the mix. And they are being vocal about their hatred of my style and, I’ll admit, it doesn’t feel great. I know it comes with the territory, but I still have feelings. I think reviewers forget sometimes that there is a real human being that you’re attacking when you write bad reviews. Or maybe they do, and they just don’t care.
Personally, if I don’t care for a book, I just don’t leave a review. So their writing didn’t appeal to me? Big deal. It doesn’t mean that others won’t, so why bother to tarnish another persons reading experience with my hateful thoughts on their style?
So, the question becomes, what do you do with the new batch of broccoli haters that have showed up in your garden? You can’t ignore them since their bad reviews affect your ratings. Do you try to smother melted cheese on them hoping to make your style go down better?
I guess what I’m trying to say, is that if you read a book and love it, rate it on Amazon or Goodreads or Nook, or where ever. Give some love to the person that really needs it: the Author! If you pick up a book that starts to taste wrong, don’t finish it. Don’t even bother to review it. Just pick a different book from the garden. There’s a ton out there to choose from!
For now, however, there are more good reviews then bad. Which means I’ll keep writing. If the scales start to tip the other way, it may be time to call it a day. Maybe. Probably not though. Better get used to the taste of broccoli. After all, it’s good for ya!