I have been following her blog for about two years so I know her novel underwent a great deal of polishing. The first chapter alone must have been rewritten about fifteen times.
As you might expect, it got some great 5 star reviews.
“a terrific book”
“nothing short of amazing”
“an awesome read”
“I was addicted from the very beginning”
“a truly talented author”
Then a couple of 1 or 2 star reviews appeared. The author was livid. “People I don’t even know are reviewing it,” she railed on her blog.
They accused her characters of being immature.
The author wrote a lengthy defence of her book (in another 5 star review) in which she proved that she was as immature as her characters.
The reviewers responded:
“a terrible, terrible book”
“the worst I’ve read in years”
This proves that there is no point giving some people advice. You can polish your book endlessly. You can network in all the right places. You can guest blog and solicit reader comments. You can spend years building your author platform and then, when your book is finally published, you can totally destroy yourself.