Way back when, in 2006, I self-published an audiobook collection of short stories. It was my first published piece of size and I was a bundle of emotions. One of these emotions was doubt—would anyone really like it? Well, I was relieved to discover that most did.
“Intriguing…delightful…many truths… A lot of great insights…It’s upbeat, enthusiastic.”
—Celia A. Leaman (Writing Creatively)
—Donna Druchunas (Ethnic Knitting Exploration
—The West Coast Knitters Guild
No. No quote. I didn’t keep that review. But I do remember it. The reviewer wrote that she felt that some of the stories were too short.
Too short? Well, I ranted and raved to myself and to my husband. “It is a short story collection.”
“Don’t worry about it,” my husband said. “You can’t please everyone.”
I knew he was right. But I couldn’t shake the negative review. Too short. Too short.
I’ll show her, I told myself, I’ll write something longer. And I did—novellas and then novels.
Would I have made this leap without her negative review?
Maybe. Probably. But that’s not my point. My point is that sometime if you’re able to endure the sting you can learn something from a negative review.
Leanne Dyck is a women’s fiction author. She writes stories about outsiders facing challenges. Within the last five years, Leanne’s writing has been published in Island Writer, Kaleidoscope, Canadian Stories, Icelandic Connection and Island Gal magazines. To follow Leanne’s author journey, please visit her blog: