When you see the Bali Undercover jacket on the internet and you run for cover
I was just cruising across the internet with a beer in my hand when I came across the featured image above this picture and it stopped me in my tracks. My book was on the internet and I had no idea what it was doing there.
“Oh shit,” I said to myself, “not another book review.”
Writing is a very personal endeavor and unless the author gets a rave assessment praising their work. Book reviews are generally cruel and inhuman excuses to publicly tear strips off a person and what they have slaved to produce.
You could think of a book review as a public lashing or a stoning in the street consider the following.
Imagine a brick layer finishes building a wall and then some person who has never built a wall is offered the opportunity to publicly point out why it is a terrible wall.
Book Reviews are awful things and I happen to despise them as much as I hated taking my underachieving high-school report cards home.
Luckily it wasn’t a review however and it would seem that somebody else hates book reviews as much as I do. The author was criticized for the books subject-matter and they wanted to point out that it was similar to Bali Undercover. They also paid for and read one of my books which is a bonus .
I’m not quite sure if the author of this post is telling people to trash my book as much as she feels hers was trashed, but I will reach out and offer this to her.
I remember reading that Stephen King’s books often get criticized but he happens to be the best selling and highest paid author on the planet. Don’t let anyone’s opinion stop you from what you are doing, writing a book isn’t easy, and being honest in a book is harder. If people noticed your book then you are doing something right and you should keep up the good work.
I hope the author doesn’t mind but I have also posted a picture of her book and I recommend that you read it or her blog, honesty is a very rare commodity nowadays.
I should also add that this post wasn’t concocted and despite giving my own book a plug, it’s happened pretty much as I have explained it.
P.S. I think Bule Hunter may be written in Bhasa Indonesian so that may create a problem for some people, but I’m sure it is a great book as I know a little about the subject matter.
Oh and if you would like to read one of my books, you are welcome to check them out on this websites. The navigation link is in the top header and it reads books.
Now that last line was a plug : )