Self Doubt

People are buying my first romance novel, The Cowboy and the Executive, and I couldn’t be more delighted. So far, though, there have been no reviews. Yes, I know it’s still early. The book went live just last week, and it typically takes a few days for Amazon to post reviews. Still, I’m getting antsy.

To an author no review is almost worse than a bad one. We begin thinking readers hate it and are just too kind to say so, or they didn’t finish it or are currently using it as a coaster or as kindling. It’s torture.

Okay, back in the day I didn’t always leave a review even on books I really enjoyed. Is this karma? I promise I’ll do better!

May be the theme of my next post…

Author: nananoyz

I'm a semi-retired crazy person with one husband and two cats.

25 thoughts on “Self Doubt”

  1. No it’s not karma. Dinnae be daft. Sometimes people are also wonderful at having time–like to sit down and read. WHile others, like me get ashamed that way. I mean I always leave a review but I can take forever to get through if I’m up to here. Also sometimes, the friends and family rally round for a first book…I can’t say many of mine did—but lol, I know, a lot of authors have that initial support . The the so and so’s then clear off when it comes to reviews for the next one. Seriously chin up, kiddo. They will be on their way I am sure. xxxxxx

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      1. Not at all. this is just a tough, lonely biz is all. ONE of the few advantages of being with a publisher was other authors you met on the authors’ loop and who you could ripe, moan, run things past, etc. xxx

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      2. I can imagine that’s true. I was on a Facebook thread where several authors were trashing self-published books. One woman kept calling me entitled. Entitled? Hell. Nervous. Anxious. Lovely. Yes. But entitled.? Hardly. I soon understood that she’s not found a publisher and can’t bring herself to “stoop” to self-publishing.

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  2. Hey congratulations!! 😀 don’t worry, those reviews will come in soon enough. It’s for sure not karma, reviews were not as common ten years ago as they are today… or are they? Fifteen years ago I read countless books which I did not review except in my own personal diary :O I’ve just ordered the kindle version of your book and look forward to reading it! (Im a sucker for a romance)

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  3. I think waiting to see some of those first reviews trickle in is one of the harder moments of being an author. It’s even worse when Amazon is involved because they can just be weird sometimes. Hope you start seeing some soon!

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