After hanging around writers in various states of publish for the last twenty-plus years, you’d think I’d have internalized the “Don’t read your reviews!” advice.
After hanging around me for not too long, you’d see I can be quietly and subversively hardheaded about certain pieces of advice.
I do indeed read my reviews (a simple process these days, since I don’t get that many). And I consider what they mean, individually and collectively, about how I’ve connected with readers.
That phrase—connected with readers—is the foundation of my review-reading mindset. It isn’t about judging “quality;” it is about understanding if what I produced matched the readers’ expectations.