What is the most important achievement in an author’s life?
I can think of many thinks that are equally important, like
Completing a novel
Seeing your book in print
Being published, either traditionally or self
These are all important of course, but the one I’m thinking about is receiving good reviews for your work.
But apparently, according to Tara Sparling, there are better reviews we could get. Reviews that could sell more books than any of those 5-star reviews.
These are the bad reviews.
You may have heard the expression, “there is no such thing as bad publicity” and history has proved this to be true. The minute someone says how much they hated something, people immediately want to see for themselves.
Think of all the books that have been banned. People will break their necks to get a copy. Some of the best-selling books in the world started out by being banned.
Bad reviews actually contain more useful information for prospective readers, like…
“I didn’t like the main character, he didn’t have to be so mean…”
“this book is so depressing. Don’t read it unless you want to end up being miserable…”
“I hated the ending. Can’t understand why the author did that…”
“Too much violence/sex/ swearing in this book for me…”
So, I want someone to give one of our books a bad review, just to prove this theory…
Any takers? (#Free copies available on request)