Saturday, November 24, 2012
They Love Me, They Love Me Not
My first e-novella, "Wild for the Girl," was released last month, and in three days my latest novel, "Gold Fire," will be out. That means reviews for both are beginning to pop up on various web sites. Nothing's better than to hear someone say they enjoyed your book, the characters were great, and the plot was fun . . . unless the way they say it is grammatically incorrect. Painfully so, like fingers on a blackboard. Like, my characters are "well wrote." It grates on my useless but fairly earned English degree.
Does that mean their praise for my writing is uninformed and worthless? (We'll ignore any criticism, because obviously that's just crazy talk.) Does it negate all those nice things they said?
Nah. I think it's like the way I appreciate a painting by Monet. My knowledge of artistic technique is limited to staying inside the lines; Monet's way over my head. But I'd still put his pictures on my wall, and reviewers who don't know a verb from a past participal will still buy my books. So their opinions are valid. Even if they're not well wrote.