Who Likes Bad Reviews???

Heart, home and faith have always been important to Lisa Jordan, so writing stories that feature those comes naturally to her. She has been writing contemporary Christian romance for more than a decade. Her debut novel, Lakeside Reunion, released in November by Love Inspired. Her second novel, Lakeside Family, releases this month. Happily married for over twenty years, Lisa and her husband have two young adult sons. When she isn’t writing or caring for children in her in-home childcare business, Lisa enjoys family time, romantic comedies, good books, crafting with friends and feeding her NCIS addiction. Visit her at www.lisajordanbooks.com to learn more about her writing.

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Bad Reviews Can Help You to Become a Better Writer
One star.
I read the
reviewer’s words that expressed her displeasure after reading Lakeside Family. My breath caught in my
throat as my heart thumped against my ribs. Heat crawled across my cheekbones. How
could she write such things? Didn’t she realize the struggle and tears that
went into this story?
Of course she
didn’t. She read the words on the page and wrote a well thought out review
citing examples from the novel to prove her points. Despite the one star, I
appreciated her feedback.
After I pondered her
words a while, I considered how I could learn from it to create more likeable
characters from the beginning. But, I also had to consider this character’s
journey throughout the story. She carried a heavy load and needed to go through
her own emotional journey to hear truth so she could learn to trust.
Authors risk
public feedback the moment their books are made available to the public. Of
course we want our readers to love our stories and our characters. But you know
what? We won’t be able to please everyone. We simply need to write our novels
to the best of our abilities and know we are offering our finest work. As
authors learn more in the craft, they write better books.  
When we do get
those tough reviews, we need to consider the source. Is the reviewer someone
who reads a lot of books, reads a variety of genres and expresses her opinion
clearly? Reviewers who like a book, but give it a lower score based on genre
frustrate me. Reading the back cover copy gives the reader a general idea if
the novel is Christian or secular.  
After reading the
reviews, ask yourself if there’s some teachable moment threaded in the
reviewer’s words. Is more than one reviewer saying something similar? Talk
these concerns over with your agent and editor. Is this a weak area in your
writing? Should you strive to change that particular component?
Finally, believe
in yourself and your abilities. You can’t allow every review to shake your
confidence. Otherwise you will be too paralyzed to write something new. When
your novels are released, simply remember you did your best, your editor loved
the story to have offered a contract and you won’t able to please everyone.
Married 23 years to her real life hero, Lisa Jordan knows a thing or two
about romance. She and her husband have two college-aged sons and will be
facing an empty nest soon. By day, Lisa is an early childhood educator, and by
night, she is a contemporary romance novelist with Love Inspired. Lakeside
Reunion, her debut novel, is a 2012 Carol Award Finalist. Lakeside Family, her
second novel, releases in August 2012. She is represented by Rachelle Gardner
of Books & Such Agency. In her free time (ha!), Lisa enjoys good books,
chick flicks, crafting with friends and feeding her NCIS addiction. To learn
more about Lisa, visit her website at www.lisajordanbooks.com.
is celebrating the release of Lakeside Family with a month-long
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The one man she never wanted to see again is
the only who can save her daughter’s life.

In the space of a minute, Nick
Brennan learns he has a nine-year-old daughter— and that she desperately needs
his help. All this time, his high school sweetheart, single mother Josie
Peretti, thought he knew about their child. And that he just didn’t care. About
the ill little girl—or Josie, the woman he’s never forgotten. But Nick made a
long-ago promise never to forsake his family the way his father did. A promise
he vows to make good on now… if only Josie will bless him with a second chance.