I got the very first review on my book ‘April Lyrids’, today. Not only is it an overseas review, it is also a five-star review, and the first thing that came to my mind was the question, ‘How many people have read the book already, and why have they not said anything about it yet?’
Obviously, one of the loudest thoughts in my head was that people might not have actually liked the book as much as I thought they would have, and that’s why nobody bothered to leave me a review anywhere. But reading this review, and having my first review get a full five stars made my day. It gave me tremendous amounts of joy and a new boost in confidence that I didn’t know I needed until I read it.
Of course, I know that this is just the first of many reviews that my book will get. And I have somehow resigned myself to the fact that not all of them would be five-star reviews. But this is a huge milestone in my newly embarked journey as a published writer, and I have no words for how overwhelming it is for me to see a good review on my book. It’s proof that there are people out there who have enjoyed reading my work, and it is confidence that my work really is worthy of being read by many.
I don’t have a lot to say, today, except that every artist knows how excruciating it can be to wait for a review on their work, let alone a really good review. We somehow just assume that our work might not be liked by as many people as we might want. But the truth is that if we work hard enough and if we put enough soul into our work, there is no way it won’t find its way to the right audience.
I hope you find the courage to chase your dreams and stick to them someday, even if that might not be right away. Xx