Working with Critique Groups
How to respond to that one star
Oh, man, can I ever identify! I have received two reviews on my book so far, and both of them were very low. I had some one star categories. Like you, I thought my book was very good before I uploaded it. I have people reading it, waiting for me to write the ending, begging for me to hurry because they like it; so how could someone give it one star? Well.... In my case, the reviewer gave me one star because I was telling the story instead of showing it, and for various other reasons, such as the story was not compelling them to keep reading, etc. I admit, it didn't make me feel so good. At first, I was determined not to change anything. That was stubborn. Then, I thought I MIGHT change some things. After two days though, I realized I needed to fix it. So, I've fixed the first three chapters so far, and I'm working on the fourth. It's much more readable and compelling. I cut about 43% of the first chapter. I guess I was trying to made an explanatory synopsis rather than jumping into the story. I had some things going on that were simply not working. You are absolutely right in your response to Colleen just above this: Book Country is a great place to get advice to help your writing skills. Also, when I get time I'll look at your project.
These are comments to pull me out of the blackest of black funks. Thanks.
--edited by Mimi Speike on 11/26/2013, 4:35 PM--