We know book reviews are important how do you feel when you receiving book reviews - the good and the bad.
The most challenging part of being an author is accepting criticism and learning from the input. When an author writes a story such as mine that is based on such personal experiences, criticism can be a hard pill to swallow. Throw off the blinders. Use negative input to guide your story to become more appealing to the reader. Positive reviews offer validation that you are on the right track to the reader. I am grateful to my first editor. Without her input and guidance little Buckaroo’s story would have been slightly off the mark with readers. She made me see that too much of my personal experiences made my story hard for the reader to relate to. After all, the goal of a writer is to use their words to paint a picture in the minds of the reader that not only connect to the writer’s intent but that connects with the reader. I was guided away from including too many personal experiences and therefore losing the reader. Yes, we write from our own life experiences, but a writer must keep their audience in mind and strive to make their story relatable to many readers. The more the reader connects with your story the easier it will be for them to get the ‘message (s)’ of your story. How do they walk away from your story feeling? How do you want the reader to take away from your story? Is the story relatable to them?
“Success comes from a tiny ‘seed’ within each of us. This tiny seed contains our hopes and dreams and passions in life. When we receive encouragement and nourishment from family, culture, education, and life experiences, the seed will sprout and grow mighty, and rise above the bumps and bullies and setbacks along the way.
Book publishers and other authors often tell aspiring writers to write from what they know and have experienced in their life. This is the foundation for all writers. I witnessed so many young children with low self-esteem because they could not read. Many were bullied. I knew I wanted to write a story of encouragement and not discouragement, for children and their parents. Believe in yourself and follow your dreams. Everyone has this tiny ‘seed’ within them and with determination, perseverance and nurturing, they will succeed. They will have to rise above the bumps and bullies along their journey to self-discovery as there will be many who cross their path! I know, because through the years I have had many who felt I was too shy and too afraid to reach for my dreams.
Discouraging words…discourage dreams,
Encouraging words…sprout dreams,
Parents plant the seeds.”
-Kristin Anderson Cetone