Since it's the first IWSG post of 2015, we are supposed to re-introduce ourselves (in 100 words) for all new members. I write Middle Grade Fiction with elements of Fantasy. I have written a few Picture Books, but MG Fiction suits my style more. My writing tends to have lots of humor in it. My blog topics usually capture all aspects of writing. I write features and do book reviews for two Indian newspapers and teach creative writing in college. I started my writing career with short stories. 80 of my short stories have been published. I am planning to concentrate on a YA novel this year. And I just cannot do without chocolates, brownies and ice-creams.
IWSG (Insecure Writers Support Group) an online group of writers gives me a chance to air all my writing worries, fears, doubts and anxieties, with other writers who almost always share similar fears and doubts. IWSG members post on the first Wednesday of every month.
IWSG was started by Ninja Captain Alex J Cavanaugh (the author of the Amazon Bestsellers: CassaStar, CassaStorm and CassaFire and the upcoming Dragon of the Stars). To download a free copy of the IWSG’s book ‘Guide to Publishing and Beyond’ visit the IWSG website for details. To read the IWSG posts click here.
This month my main concern is regarding bad reviews. A book I read and was supposed to review has got three okay reviews. The fourth one is so harsh that the reviewer has trashed the book. Infact, I felt that the reviewer was being nasty and rude by trying to run down the story, writing, plot, characters, editing and even the character names. Except for the book cover, she hardly had anything good to say about the book. The reviewer did mention that the writing was competent and that there were some truly entertaining bits (I thought this addition was to soothe the author’s ruffled feathers).
According to the reviewer, she felt a sense of déjà vu when she read the book as it reminded her of Roald Dahl’s Matilda and Rowling’s Harry Potter. She said the story was hackneyed, the character names concocted, editing was said to be lazy (she has even given examples of the lazy editing), the length of the book was said to be too long, the action begins too late and there was no real resolution and the ending was predictable. The reviewer ended the review saying that the book was a bit of a bore and a derivative one at that.
I am wondering what if someone reading that particular review decides not to read the book. The review would put someone off the book. I felt very bad and sad for the writer.