My editor on the sequel to Crossing Values has spoken — six pages worth. That’s a lot of rewriting for me to do on Ryan’s Crossing, but ultimately, I love her comments and suggestions. As I read through them the first time, I kept reminding myself that her job is to help me make this book better than what it is. I cherish that.
Now I know not all authors take that point of view. It is absolutely a choice, a decision to select a mindset that I’m not perfect but can work toward significantly better. But many authors want to know truth, particularly if it’s said tactfully to help the digestion.
As you read books, I’m asking you to consider going to a website — Amazon, GoodReads, or any other online bookstore — and rate the book. Then, leave a few comments. Leaving an author 3 out of 5 stars is not helpful. Was the book too short for you? Too long? Did the author add a lot of details and you like ones who get straight to the story? Too many characters? Too many plots to follow?
Perhaps this author’s writing style just isn’t what you enjoy. That’s okay! But if an author starts seeing multiple people point out a weakness that can be fixed — that’s helpful! Instead of losing this writer entirely, or watching him churn out book after book of weak story lines, you can help him know on what to work, at what to become better.
And he might turn into a favorite author.
But as you leave your comments, be kind. Pleasant medicine is so much easier to take.