HONESTLY! I hate pictures of myself, because that double chin always shows up and reminds me that I'm still failing to take off and keep off those extra pounds.
On that note. . .I think I've been in publishing too long, because it now takes a lot to get me excited.
I remember as a green editor meeting some of those authors I grew up reading. I was so thrilled by the experience, but I've come to learn that they are just people like everyone else.
I used to get excited about book awards or good book reviews or wonderful free advertising, until it started to seem like a lot of that was driven by business politics and such. Nothing seems to come for free.
I guess you could say I've become a bit jaded and skeptical. I've lost my green editor innocence.
So, today I was skimming an issue of RT. I noticed a couple books only got 2 stars. (Thankfully not one of ours.) At first I thought, "How sad." But then I was struck by 2 stars being a good thing. I suddenly had the feeling that reviewers were trying their best to be honest about book content as they saw it. (At least the jaded side of me hopes there isn't another agenda.)
I've seen reviews written that were obviously done as favors by friends of the authors, because there was no honest criticism. Absolutely everything was wonderful!
I believe that the best criticism/review an author receives should be served first with a spoonful SUGAR (that which is right about the book), but I also truly believe that authors need to hear fair and honest critiques about what still needs improved. Everyone has an opinion they can share, and every author still has something they can learn. Not everyone opinion, though, is exactly right since it has to be filtered through individual life experiences. But generally, there is something we all can learn from every opinion.
Most all people hate to criticize and risk hurting feelings, but the really successful people have developed thick skins and learned not to take critiques so personally that they can't find something about the review to grow from.
I'm in no way picking on any author here today. It is just a thought that struck me while flipping through an edition of RT.
So here's to honest critiques and the thick skin we all need to learn from them.