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Why family shouldn’t review your book…

especially your mum!

I’d only checked my book’s ranking yesterday, but you
never know. I click onto Amazon and type my name into the product line. Up come
my books, and I bring up 
Eden, my sci-fi/romance. It has been doing well lately so I’m keen to
see if there are any reviews as well as to see if its rank has improve.

Not only has it climbed I have a review! My heart does a little
jump of pleasure. And, better, it’s a five-star review! Oh, joy.
I’m imagining the chocolates I can crack open in celebration.

The title of the review reads: Fan!
Tas! Tic!

I begin to read feeling like a
starving woman on the point of finding a feast of chocolate-covered goodies.

I loved, loved, LOVED Eden. I read
it in one sitting and I hope there is Eden 2, and maybe 3 and 4 as well. Steven
Spielberg should produce Eden into a film with Sean Connery playing the lead.

My heart did another funny little
jump, but not in pleasure this time. I think, at the mention of Connery, it curled into a
foetal position with its heart hands covering its heart head.  

You see Sean Connery is my mum’s favourite
actor. In fact, in her eyes, he should play EVERY male lead in EVERY film ever

I continue reading, 

It’s a made for TV book! It deserves to be on the screen! In 3D!
Oh my God! It had to be my mum. I didn’t think she’d read Eden. She’s more a Catherine Cookson/Jane Austen reader, and openly detests contemporary romance.  I look to the name of the


Cracking open the chocolates in my
head changes into pulling the lid off a bottle of vodka, pirate style, and
drinking the lot. Unable to help myself I continue to read:

Once Louise Wise forgets she’s
writing silly science mumbo-jumbo, and concentrates on the romance, the story
becomes a JANE AUSTEN classic.

She’s comparing me to her favourite author, and Jane Austen at that? I’ll
never live this down! My name on the Amazon forums will be mud. It’ll be
sticky, gooey mud with bits of bugs in. Maybe poo, as well.

Eden is a romantic retelling of
Beauty and the Beast, although there are a few saucy scenes
in it which has nothing to do with the fairytale! 

Who says “saucy” any more?

It’s very romantic, and I enjoyed
it very much. If you don’t buy this book (and buy one for your friends too) you’ll
be missing out. Buy, buy, BUY! Bye hehehehexxxx

My head flops onto the keyboard; my heart
finally committing suicide.

Don’t Waste Time Dwelling on Bad Reviews

David Kubicek

It is never pleasant to get a bad review. In
fact, reading a review that savagely eviscerates the novel you’ve spent months
nurturing is one of the most unpleasant experiences a writer can have.

This might help: Getting a bad review often
means that you have missed your audience.
Even if you haven’t thought about writing to
an audience, one exists for your book. If you’re successful at finding your readers—and
assuming your book is well written—most of your reviews should range from 3 to
5 stars, which is where you want to be.

But every author who has collected lots of
reviews has picked up some bad ones—even the most popular books by the most
popular writers.

Try this experiment. Search Amazon for your
favorite books. If they have enough total reviews, I guarantee that some
reviewers will rip them apart. Most of the reviews may be 3, 4 or 5 stars, but
there will be the inevitable handful of readers who rate the books as forgettable,
a waste of time.

The bottom line is: You can’t please
everyone. This also is true of “professional reviewers”, those folks who are
paid to review books and movies.

For example, one criticism of The Hunger Games is that the novel is
not original, that a screwed up future world and a reality TV show where the
contestants kill each other has been done before—the novel to which it usually is
compared is Stephen King’s The Running

Technically, everything has been done before. A fellow named Georges Polti
analyzed lots and lots of literature and concluded that every story that has
ever been written, or will ever be written, can fit into one of 36 dramatic
situations, or plots. What makes each story fresh and different is what the
author brings to the telling. Although The
Hunger Games
and The Running Man
use the same basic plot elements, they are vastly different novels.

Does any of this make you feel better about
getting bad reviews? Maybe the following chart will help. I’ve listed five
popular novels and the reviews they’ have on Amazon (as of 8 p.m. Central Time
on April 10, 2012):
11/22/63 by Stephen King
Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
The Help by Kathryn Stockett
Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain
Remember two things:
Don’t give much weight to ratings
without reviews telling why the readers didn’t like your book.
Don’t give any weight to mean-spirited
reviews in which readers seem more interested in attacking you and your book
than in giving constructive reasons why they didn’t like it.

A review is just someone’s opinion, and as
long as you’re getting mostly positive comments, don’t waste time dwelling on
the bad ones.
David Kubicek received a B.A. in English from the University of Nebraska at Lincoln. He has published several short stories (his story “Ball of Fire” was nominated for a Pushcart Prize: Best of the Small Presses in 1989), hundreds of articles, a Cliffs Notes on Willa Cather’s My Antonia, and a Hollywood producer has optioned one of his screenplays. 

For nine years he wrote for MBJ Publications, publishers of the Midlands Business Journal, the Lincoln Business Journal, and the Mountain Plains Business Journal. As President of Kubicek and Associates, he published five trade paperback books, including two he edited—The Pelican In The Desert: and Other Stories of the Family Farm and October Dreams: A Harvest of Horror (with Jeff Mason).

He lives with his wife, Cheryl, and their son, Sean, in Lincoln, Nebraska.

 A Friend of the Family 
David Kubicek

In a desolate future, long after the nuclear war, practicing medicine is illegal. Health care is provided by Healers who treat patients using primitive methods like chanting and bleeding. 

Hank is a doctor who practices medicine only for himself and his family. His fear of being sent to prison has estranged him from the Underground, the loose network of physicians that tries to help people who have lost faith in the Healers. 

One evening a 16-year-old girl knocks on his door. She has a secret and the power to destroy Hank’s life if he doesn’t make her father well.

But there’s a catch — Gina’s father is the brother of a Healer.

Excerpt from A Friend of the Family

Gina unbolted the door and lifted off the bar, set it with
a bump in the corner, and went out. A cool breeze, touched with the smells of
mildew and rotting wood, whisked into the room. It dried the perspiration on
Hank’s face and rocked the lanterns. The door slapped shut. Maud went to bolt
it. When she came back, she drew her chair closer to the bed, sat down. She
touched her robe near the left shoulder.
got a knife in here.”
understand,” Hank said, feeling cold.
own child doesn’t think I’d use it, but I would.”
Hank looked down at his hands. He tried to still the tremor
within him.
don’t want to cause trouble.”
bein’ here is trouble.”
stop it,” Vic said. Then he was coughing again.
Hank prepared penicillin and vitamin injections. His hands
shook. He had difficulty grasping the syringes, and he couldn’t make his
muscles do what he wanted them to.
Hank put the syringes into his medical case. He didn’t want
to give the injections until Gina got back. He tried to convince himself that
it was common sense to wait until he had checked this man more thoroughly. But
besides the blood pressure, there were no more tests he could do. He was afraid
of what this old woman might do if he frightened her badly enough.