My short story (Fairies Don’t Flirt) has migrated to Barnes and Noble (Nook) and Diesel. This was not unexpected, but I didn’t put a lot of work into to, because my percentage of free is nothing. So I really wasn’t paying a lot of attention; it happened without my notice.
I was doing a random check of my name, the titles of my stories, etc. which I do every so often for general purposes when I found my story at BnN. “Cool” I thought at first.
Then I scrolled down to the ratings. Average rating: 1. There must be some mistake, I thought. (For reference: On Smashwords the same story was rated 5. It’s still being downloaded, 169 times so far.) But there wasn’t. I read the review. The writer used the word “stupid”—twice. He indicated the story was only good for reading to a three year old. He (I know I’m assuming “he”) indicated it was a waste of his time. It was signed “anonymous”.
I’ve had bad reviews before, so I know to suppress the desire to fight. It can’t be personal; whoever this is doesn’t know me. (I know that’s an assumption too.) It’s interesting how I usually get really good reviews or really bad. (Only once have I had a mediocre rating—and I couldn’t disagree.) I guess you either get me or you don’t.
But, I have to ask; why the anger? Was he really going to use that three minutes of his life for something important? If all my reviews were bad I’d figure I still had a lot to learn and shouldn’t be cluttering the internet with my stuff. If all the reviews were good, I suppose I’d start thinking I’m some kind of expert. I’ll fall back on one of my rules of writing: *Write better. I doubt I’ll win over Mr. Anonymous, he seems to have made up his mind.
On the other hand, I’m going back to read the Smashwords review again.
PS- If anyone reading this blog has actually read “Fairies Don’t Flirt”, and would rate it higher than 1, and has some connection with B&N…
Well, it never hurts to ask.