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You sound so cheerful about that horrible review. I think I wouldn't get out of bed for days after getting a review as unfair as that one. What's your secret?

Jan 24, 2013
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You sound so cheerful about that horrible review. I think I wouldn't get out of bed for days after getting a review as unfair as that one. What's your secret?

This review?

As Omar said, “It’s all in the game, yo. All in the game.” Bad reviews aren’t always as cranky or personal, but they’re all in the game.

I got a baby to feed, man—I can’t be lying around in bed!

I wrote about it in the book:

Not everybody will get it. People will misinterpret you and what you do. They might even call you names. So get comfortable with being misunderstood, disparaged, or ignored—the trick is to be too busy doing your work to care.

All of the following scenarios are ascending levels of amazing to me:

  1. Someone heard of my book
  2. Someone bought my book
  3. Someone read my book
  4. Someone read my book and hated it
  5. Someone read my book and loved it

Seriously.

And, you always remember that a review says just as much about the reader as it does about the book.

All in the game.

98 notes

  1. jaiartz said: Nothing is ever good or bad, those are judgments and subjective values. Minimalism isn’t bad. Realism isn’t good. They just are. No point in letting people who don’t understand rain on your parade :D
  2. lucasito said: That was a hilarious read. Professor PhD wants everyone to know he’s A SERIOUS ACADEMIC unlike the rest of us ungodly mundanes. I bet his shit don’t stink either… as my daddy used to say.
  3. tangledandwilde said: Can’t love this Q&A more.
  4. lucybellwood said: You, sir, are an inspiration. Keep being excellent.
  5. evilrobotgirl said: Make rebloggable please!
  6. smllrspcs said: Got this far: “A real book features text, and lots of it, unless it is an art book”. Yes and real paintings are pictures of things like flowers and they look like the thing they are supposed to be. One mustn’t stray from such definitions.
  7. mrdaviscfhs said: I know your book isn’t a novel, but that review made me think of this: “Any reviewer who expresses rage and loathing for a novel is preposterous. He or she is like a person who has put on full armor and attacked a hot fudge sundae.” ― Kurt Vonnegut
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