Melodee’s Rules for Authors — Number Thirty-Five



Number Thirty-Five

Ignore the Critics


As a group, critics are pompous morons.

Sorry, but I call ‘em like I see ‘em.

Anyone remember Phil Collins? How many of his albums did you buy? Want to know what the critics thought of people who bought Phil Collins albums? Try on for size.

And critics today are no different.

If you DARE not to think, act, dress, and eat like them, or if you disagree with them in any way, then you are stupid. See link above.

Personally I don’t even read reviews of my stories. Part of that is I don’t like critics. Part is I just don’t care about the reviews.

I’ve had books get terrible reviews at the same time they sold 40,000 copies in the first weekend of release. I had books called, “…the worst writing since the room full of monkeys tried to write a sonnet…” that made $5,000,000 gross sales in the first six months.

I really don’t care about reviews or critics.

They don’t buy my books.

I care about the readers.

They DO buy my books.

Keep Loving!



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  1. I just had a reporter tell me she thought my stories were pornographic and I told her that was okay: Pornography is in the eye of the beholder and everyone has a different shock threshold. I also told her she had a right to her own opinion, but she just needed to realize that not everyone agreed with her. She wound up talking to me for almost an hour because I didn’t take offense.

    You can’t write to please everyone and I no longer try. I value reader feedback because it helps to provide direction for my short stories. However, I have been writing for more than 30 years, and at this point in my career, I write because I love to tell stories. A negative opinion from anyone is not going to stop me!

  2. Melodee, you are a woman after my own heart!

    I write for myself, and I am my own worst critic. But in a close race for first place are the readers…those who spend their precious dollars and even sometimes take the extra time to leave a heartfelt review.

    To each of you: thanks from the heart of my cockles. 😀

      • Melodee on June 23, 2017 at 19:01

      I’m not sure I ever wrote for myself except to make a living. The legal avenues of work open at the time for a little deaf blonde girl with a severe speech impediment were pretty limited.

      So, I started writing to keep myself fed, clothed, and housed.

      Later, I realized that the readers were more important to me than the actual money.

      Keep Loving!

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