About two and a half years ago, I was preparing to see The Deathday Letter released into the world. My first book. My baby. And I was terrified of how I’d handle bad reviews. The thought of people hating on my book kept me up late at night. I’d seen authors flame out and kill their reputations because they responded to those types of reviews, and I was terrified that I’d end up doing something like that.
Luckily, I didn’t. I got a point with Deathday where the bad reviews stopped bothering me. I understood that my book wasn’t for everyone, and I learned how to be grateful for those bad reviews, because even if they ended up not liking my book, at least they took the chance on it.
As FML’s release approaches (June 2013, baby!), I thought I’d be much more zen about it. I thought, that since I’d come to terms with people not liking Deathday, that I’d be okay if people didn’t like FML. Not bloody likely!
Everything feels new again. People are going to dislike FML, and that terrifies me. It hurts. I suppose that, like with Deathday, eventually I’ll learn to be okay with that, but right now, it feels like every one star review is a knife in my heart.
But that’s life. It’s wonderful and heartbreaking and painful and glorious. I have no right to whine about possible bad reviews because I have a freaking book coming out. I wrote a great book and I have a great life and people are paying me to do something I love.
So, as that release day approaches, I’d like to thank every reader from the bottom of my heart. Whether you fall in love with Simon Cross and his friends or not, thank you for giving them a chance. Thank you for reading FML.