Letting People Down Since Way Before 2021

My first novel, Mayhem at the Happy Valley Motor Inn and Resort, is doing well right now. It’s received 96 ratings and/or reviews on Amazon, and all but four of those are of the four and five star variety. The one star rating threatened to undo me, and the two star didn’t exactly cause me to jump up and down in celebration, but when I put them in perspective they didn’t bother me quite as much.

I love reading the reviews. When I’m feeling low I read through them and bask in the really good ones and when I’m feeling terrific I read through the less positive ones to see what I can learn. It’s my weak attempt at balance.

I love the juxtaposition between these reviews:

Proof that beauty is truly in the eyes of the beholder.

The funniest review I received wasn’t on Amazon, though. I discovered it on my Facebook author’s page and it’s made me giggle more than once. I hope this reader will hold on for the sequel.

I’ve experienced the exact same feeling, and I get it. The heart wants what the heart wants. All I can say is, Dear Reader Whose Name I’ve Scribbled Through, Wedding at the Happy Valley Motor Inn and Resort is being edited and revised right now, so don’t despair. And please don’t throw tomatoes my way.

Peace, people!

http://Mayhem at the Happy Valley Motor Inn and Resort https://www.amazon.com/dp/B08P76RBRD/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_glt_fabc_3B4RG80QB3PBVZXZK2CH

Author: nananoyz

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

20 thoughts on “Letting People Down Since Way Before 2021”

  1. You just have to take those one- and two-star reviews with a grain of salt (sounds like you’re doing just that). It’s impossible to please everybody! Overall, your reviews are great. So is your book! 🙂

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    1. You know how it is though. It’s always the negative that sticks in ones mind. I just read a frightening article about reviewers who hold authors hostage by demanding money for good reviews on GoodReads. If the author doesn’t comply, the reviewers inundate the site with bad reviews. I have zero dollars, so I’d be a terrible target.

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      1. I’ve never come across that. I’ve come across a lot of authors behaving badly, trolling other authors, on one occasion from the same publishing house with one star reviews, and I can name the author in question who was the victim, publishing houses that get their team of readers to 5 star regardless, so frankly none of the 30 glowing reviews that appear day one are worth a dime, and authors whining on twitter about how nasty reviewers are only 3 starring a book…with actually quite constructive criticism. Saw one recently where that was a huge mistake cos reviewers….genuine ones… hunt in packs. And genuine authors know that nothing is perfect.

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  2. Well, Leslie, I can see that according to the Amazon review chart, stars, 8% of the reviewers have no taste. That’s not a reflection on your wonderful 1st novel. Just think, 92% really liked it!!!

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