I posted this on Angelic Knight Press, but it belongs here as well. Stacey wrote a great post on her blog!
Yesterday, Stacey Turner had a post on her blog titled: Are You Really As Good As You Think You Are. It is a very interesting piece and points out some of the good things about Indie publishing and a few that aren't.
Let's cut to the chase: some writers write garbage and expect great reviews from all their friends and peers. As Stacey says, they are sucking up, and people praising crap are sucking up as well in the hopes of getting a mutual admirational society where if I say something good about you, you will say something good about me. This hurts all of us. Honest feedback is what we all need.
Case in point: Blaze. A lot of times people ask me to review or plug their book for them. I always do this gratis, even though they ask if there's anything they can do for me. I don't want anything in return. I will stand on the quality or lack of such with what I write. When I chose the name Blaze McRob, I picked a name that people will remember. If my stories are bad, that name is implanted in their minds. Same thing if it's good. I can't do it alone. I need great editing as we all do, and if someone doesn't care for a story, I'd like to hear about it. Then it's ready to go out.
Stacey talks about no such thing as good enough. She's absolutely right. Honesty, polish, and more polish will lead to sales. Sharing marketing ideas with others and asking for honest feedback from your peers is great. As long as it's honest.
We chose Stacey as our Editor, CEO, and Managing Owner for a number of reasons. Talent, of course, is huge. Another is the fact that even though she respects my work, she will point out what's wrong. I love her editing style, going with story flow and substance first.
The first review we got for "Satan's Toybox: Demonic Dolls" was not stellar. But there were positives: the reviewer loved three of the stories. I take that as a plus. The rest is a huge learning curve for the team here. I posted a positive statement about a seemingly negative statement. This person was honest. How can I not be happy for that?
As the responses to Stacey's post say, all Five Star reviews are a bit suspicious. So writers: accept reviews in the manner they are intended.
Read Stacey's post. You'll be glad you did.