Okay so just a quick post that had been on my mind for a while but I was in two minds as to whether I should blog about it...and here I am.
A month ago I suffered a severe case of "OMFG my book is absolute rubbish, what the hell have I written? Why did I waste my time on this? I HAVE to start over."
Because I wanted to know if my book would be deemed as Steampunk Fantasy Romance and I sought the opinion of another writer.
Firstly, there's absolutely nothing wrong with seeking opinions or thoughts from fellow writers or readers.
Secondly, I respect the opinions and feedback I'm given (as long as it's constructive).
Where I went wrong was how I reacted to the feedback - which had been a complete vivisection of my world I'd built. On the outside I was calm but on the inside - the minute I was behind closed doors - I was one hyperventilating mess.
I was immediately on call to my editor like a panicking Patricia second guessing everything I'd created and all it took from her to get me to settle was a simple: "I wouldn't class your book as Steampunk, I'd class it as having steampunk elements within a world you've given a nice twist to."
To the point.
It's no secret that I'm absolutely taken with everything Steampunk (the fashion, music, style, art, machines, romance) as also expressed in my blog post a couple years ago, but I have to remind myself that this is NOT a series were steampunk is a predominant figure.
My world just has unique steampunk elements that make it magical and fun.
The reason I'm underlining this in a blog post is for 2 reasons:
1) I want potential readers to understand what to expect if they decide to purchase my book.
2) I will no doubt have readers who won't like this series and will have a lot to say about it and others that will enjoy it and understand it.
I'd like to think I've worked hard to cover any potential causes for confusion but regardless, I have to gear myself up for the not-so-great reviews.
I just needed to get that off my chest.
Oh but definite lesson learnt...I definitely need to woo-sah and remember that I know my world and not to be so affected by the negative critique that may or may not come my way.
Okay done! Rant over!