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A "Practice What You Preach" thread. Recently I had a short story featured in an anthology and the first rating it got was two stars. Yes, no review, just a two-star rating by an avatar-less reader on Goodreads. And do you know what I did? #WritingCommunity
And would you like to know why? Of course you do. It's because the person found the anthology, decided to read it, rated it and that is so freakin' cool! The rating wasn't good but does it have to be a good rating in order to be valid?
NO! I was thrilled somebody bought and read the anthology and then took the time to rate it. Now here's the thing. I've seen authors here on Twitter saying that readers shouldn't give negative or middling ratings because it's rude or mean to the author. And to them I say...
A reader's opinion is their opinion and if they didn't like it, they didn't like it. I've also heard other authors say that it is necessary for a reader to explain WHY they didn't like it. So a reader can't just leave a rating but they have to justify it? Again I say...
Sensing a pattern? Readers ratings are for other readers, or sometimes just for themselves. The readers are not your cheerleaders, nor are they your beta readers. They are consumers of a product/your art and if they don't like it, you can't force them to tell you why.
So...that two star rating the anthology got. This isn't just lip service, but I thought it was awesome. Someone went on kindle, read the anthology and rated it. So thank you readers, because without you what would us authors be?
Readers don't owe the authors anything and to think anything else is pure conceit. However if you feel differently, or agree, or just have a long stream of curse words you'd like to share, feel free to comment on the thread. Thank you.
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