Monday, May 17, 2010
My First Critic
Writers need to have tough skin. After all, why write unless it’s going to spark some discussion. Disagreement is a good thing. Not everyone is going to like my book. Right?
Of course. I fully expect receiving my share of criticism. After all, I’ve put myself out there. I mean really out there. But I’d be lying if I said I was fully prepared. Rejection always hurts.
Last week, I receive the first copy of Chasing Superwoman. No, it’s not for sale until June 1, but it’s customary to send the first copy to the author. So when I got home from work last week and saw the package from Cook, I opened it with much anticipation and finally held the first copy in my hand. As you know, I love firsts.
Nick immediately wanted to be the first to read it. What a great idea, I thought to myself. My son is going to be my first fan. Even though Nick is only 9, he reads 3-4 books a week and keeps our local library in business.
So Nick settled in and started to read, and I went upstairs to change my clothes. I left Nick completely alone with the book, eager for his reaction.
About an hour later, I found Nick reading. Another book. So I asked him, “Nick, what did you think?”
He responded, “I didn’t really like it.”
“Did you make it past the first chapter,” I asked.
“Are you going to trying reading it another time?”
“Mom, I’m 9 years old. The book is for the average working mom. I just don’t like it.”
My first critic happens to be my own son. Gee, I can’t wait to see who reads it next. Yeah, I know he’s only 9, and I shouldn’t take it personally. Plus, he’s just preparing me for the hard core critics. Right?