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Monday, May 17, 2010

My First Critic

Businesswoman at interview, executives holding score cards, jeering

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.

“Nope.”

“Are you going to trying reading it another time?”

“Nope.”

“Why not?”

“Mom, I’m 9 years old.  The book is for the average working mom.  I just don’t like it.”

Silence.

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?

3 comments:

Laura said...

Oh, my...your first critic! Great post.

What was that like -- to open the box and get your first copy of your book? I'm so excited for you, to see you travel this road about two months ahead of me!

I'm working on interview questions for you as we speak!

Susan DiMickele said...

It was pretty amazing holding that first copy in my hands. I'm glad I can go first -- you can learn from my mistakes! Look forward to your questions.

MC said...

My guess is that most literary critics are also first-borns!!!!
MC