Dear Author has a post up today called What is Wrong With the C Review? and in lieu of any other blog content, here was my contribution:
I see a C as the low side of meh, and no author shoots for that. There are way too many books in the marketplace for a C to be good enough.
As for surprising author reactions to a C review, I have a (possibly totally whacked) theory:
If a book receives an F review, it usually dings the book as a whole. When a reviewer gives the book an Epic Fail, whether itâ€™s plot elements, worldbuilding, sexual content or writing style, itâ€™s easy for the author to tell herself the reviewer â€œdidnâ€™t get itâ€. Your book clearly wasnâ€™t for that reader, therefore the review has less validity and can be discounted.
The C review, however, is often about the authorâ€™s execution. The reader wanted to like the book and tried to like the book and therefore (based on my own observations) writes a much more focused and constructive review. Much, much harder for the writer to discount andâ€”if sheâ€™s honest with herselfâ€”harder to deny.
Because the C review is going to cut closer to home, itâ€™s probably more likely to trigger an overly defensive hissy fit from an author prone to that sort of thing than an F, which can be tossed aside as â€œshe didnâ€™t get itâ€.
Anyway, I’m off to type in some handwritten pages so I can get a more exact word count on the hopefully not-meh novella I’m working on, and then I’ve got a to-do list that could choke a horse. It involves the scrubbing of multiple bathrooms, even.
So much for being Barbara Cartland when I grew up. :gaah: