Thursday, July 17, 2008

One day in

Well, the Helm has been out for one day and I've gotten my first scathing review and a couple of really nice emails from folks who read the book and liked it.

Scathing reviews are always interesting. I know you're not supposed to read reviews, or care about what they say if you do, but it's hard not to read them when people go to all the trouble of putting them out there.

So, here are my thoughts on negative reviews.

OUCH!

Good thing I've also gotten a really good review so that I can keep some sense of perspective. I guess I'll just have to wait and see what happens next.

Actually, negative reviews are useful. They either give me a good idea of what I need to work harder on next time, or they solidify my resolve that I did it right despite what the reviewer complained about. Also, I guess, if bad reviews really bother you, you shouldn't be writing for other people to read.

3 comments:

bumperhead said...

I, for one, loved The Helm! I know that there are only four issues, but I can see this concept going places. My only concern is that Matt will become a real hero and leave his slacker traits behind. F-that! Keep that guy a loser for as long as humanly possible.

The Helm said...

Thanks for the comment! I'm hoping to do additional story arcs--audience allowing--and all my plans call for Matt to remain a slacker.

Jim

bumperhead said...

Great! And, regardless of audience reaction, write those additional arcs. Keep this guy in your back pocket. I'm telling you--it'll be a hit in one medium or another.

I can see Jack Black getting fitted for his blond wig now ...