For those of you who have been kind enough to friend and follow me on Goodreads, I just wanted to give you a heads up that I will be stepping away from Goodreads for a while. Even though I believe GR is a great place for readers to connect and share their love (or hatred) of the books they are reading, I find that as an author, GR has become a place that only feeds the insecurities that are an inherent part of being a writer, especially one such as myself who is still in the early stages of her career.
I am a big believer in people being able to share their thoughts, positive or negative, regarding the books that do or don't move them but I think there are a few people who sometimes forget that there is a real person on the other end of the review - someone who has put a little piece of themselves into each and every character they breathe life into. But the real problem lies with me because I am the one who is allowing these few voices to overpower all the positive ones. So for me, this is the step I need to take to make sure those voices don't take away something that has become very dear to me.
I am sure there will be many who will say that if I can't take criticism, I shouldn't be in this business. Maybe that's true...maybe not. I suppose time will tell. But until then, I want to keep sharing my love of romance with you guys. So while I try to grow that thicker skin that is needed to survive in this business where criticism and vitriol tread a fine line, I need to keep myself in a place where I focus only on the story I want to write and not how it will be received or, worse yet, scored by a rating system that is entirely subjective.
Thank you so much to those friends who have been so supportive in their reviews (even when you didn't care for one of my books) and feedback. I am hoping you will consider following me on other sites like Facebook or Twitter where I will provide information about upcoming books and release dates. You can also subscribe directly to my blog via my website, www.sloanekennedy.com. And as always, you can email me directly at Sloane@sloanekennedy.com.
As always, happy reading!