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If I Can Criticize Others

Posted by Viktoria Michaelis on July 30, 2014 in Publishing |

Time, I think, to do a little self promotion. The thing is, I write reviews. I take the works of other people and criticize them, rip their writing or editing or spelling to pieces. Sometimes the books I receive to review are good, sometimes I am incapable of reading through the whole thing.

As a writer myself, not just a few articles on the Internet or the contents of this blog, I know exactly how much work goes into putting together a book, even a small one. I know how much we, as authors, struggle to get the right words down, to create an image, to draw the reader into a new world away from their own reality. I have done it. I have been published in an anthology as well as bringing out my own, independently published, title.

Viktoria Michaelis: The Temptation of Words, Author, Books

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What I don’t know is how other people feel about what I have written. My small book The Temptation of Words has been reviewed, it has received rankings on Goodreads, it has even sold a few copies both through my Shop and through Amazon. I offered it as a First Read title on Goodreads, but neither one of the two winners wrote about what they felt. Despite the highly positive rankings, I don’t know whether the book really got into their minds or not.

It’s all very well reviewing other works, but we all hope that our own will gain some attention too, that someone will give us, as authors, a hint that we are doing something right, or wrong. That someone will take the time to write about what they experienced turning the pages, devouring the situation, the characters, the plot.

To be honest, I’d like someone to do what I do to others: take my small book to pieces and tell me, and other people out there, what their honest opinion is. I want to know how these other authors, the ones I have reviewed, feel. It may not change the way I write reviews, which I hope will always be honest at the very least, but it would give me an insight into the reactions of those who write and are reviewed by people they do not know.

Love & Kisses, Viki.

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