I just got a critique of one of my e-books. Now mind you, this book has a rating of a 4.2 out of 5 stars. This certain reviewer wrote to me personally (thank goodness) about her opinion.
She thought the first copy of my book that I sent her was a rough draft, and that I should send her the finished product. I sent her another copy, and she realized that it was the finished product. This told me that I wasted money on my so-called professional editors. The book was Terror on Arrival, and I was trying something different. My French character had a French accent. I actually went to Youtube to find a clip of a linguist that spoke English with a French accent. It took forever to write the character’s English lingo, but all that work was for naught. People don’t like it. Now I know. Hey, you live and learn.
She spoke of all the military weapon names, and that it was unnecessary. That I don’t agree with. If you were in the military, or a weapon buff, you know the weapons, and what they can do. I don’t think that marred the story. I think it enhanced it… for people who know weapons.
She liked the idea of the story, however, she thought the romance, weapon naming, types of food they ate, and that dastardly French accent was just filler.
Now I agree with her oh that French accent thing, and the grammar mistakes, but all the rest was part of the story. I just realized that you can’t please all the people all the time.
I’ll take some of her critiques into account. Some of those things she was so right on, but the rest was opinion. Sometimes you have to pick out the diamonds from the mud.