It finally happened. By “it” I mean somebody didn’t like one of my books. Someone named Hannah that I’ve never heard of awarded Discarded Faces one star on Goodreads. That’s the lowest rating I’ve ever gotten on any of my books on Goodreads. Hannah did not attach any comments, so I have no idea why she didn’t like it. But if I were to encounter Hannah in real life or online, these are the things I would tell her.
(1) Thank you for reading my novel and taking the trouble to give feedback.
(2) Since I don’t know you either in real life or online, I assume that my efforts to publicize my fiction on Goodreads are starting to succeed. It’s frustrating to be a published author whose books are read by no one but her friends.
(3) I don’t mind that you gave me only one star, though obviously I would have preferred more. It’s impossible to please everybody. At least you were honest about it. That’s a virtue.
(4) Discarded Faces was my debut novel. If I wrote it over again from scratch, I would probably change some things.
A writer just has to be a good sport about some things.