Saturday, August 08, 2009

Momrat just called.

She really, really doesn't like one of my forthcoming books. "I don't want to hurt your feelings, but I just think you should know my honest opinion," quote.

Sigh.

This is the thing--Momrat always gives it to me straight. She's the one person I can count on: if she says she likes (or loves) it, I know she means it. Which gives one confidence in a world where most people are too shy to say negative things to your face!!

But yeah... let's hope other people like this one better than she did.

15 comments:

Kim Kasch said...

Love this about Moms and sisters. You can count on them to say "Yeah that dress makes your butt look big."

~Aimee States said...

Ouch. Can't please em all though, or there'd only be one magically dreary book out there, not millions.

Aimee Laine said...

I didn't even give my Mom my first novel because it's a bit fantastical (out of her normal reading genre). It's neat though that your mom would be so honest about it! I think mine would still read it and "love" it. ;) Good luck with "everyone else!" :)

JES said...

Aimee: ...there'd only be one magically dreary book out there, not millions. Oooh, that's nice!

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Kristan said...

You can't win 'em all, you know? At least your mom didn't like this one. For me it's more like, Oh, Mom actually LIKED this ONE?!

Tara said...

You know you're in trouble when mom starts with, "I don't want to hurt your feelings, but..." Or how about "Honey, you know I love you, but..."

Charles Gramlich said...

As I've seen many times, people have very different tastes. There may be others who will love the same book.

Precie said...

1) Ditto Charles. I hope it's a case of personal preference, rather than an assessment of quality.

2) Did your mom say she doesn't like it or it's not good? Big difference.

3) Thank goodness you and your mom have the kind of relationship. :)

Chris Eldin said...

It's be fun to read a guest post written by Momrat...
;-)

Janet said...

Sorry. I'm afraid I'm pretty much like her though.

My own mother never says anything bad to me, which is why I don't let her read my manuscripts. Also why she'll probably get the first dedication.

THE INTERN said...

aw, moonrat, you sound kinda down about the negs from momrat, like you had just eaten cupcakes made of rain. INTERN feels your pain and sends you sun-cupcakes.

Absolute Vanilla (and Atyllah) said...

Momrat sounds wonderfully refreshing - and refreshingly honest!

JenniferWriter said...

This reminds me of the time in high school when I got highlights because I wanted to look like Buffy the Vampire Slayer. When I got home my mom said, "Are you trying to keep the boys away?"

That is why, like Janet, I do not let either of my parents read my manuscripts. She was right about the hair, though. It looked awful.

valleyofthemuse said...

My husband hates most of what I've written. Not because it's bad (others like it or in some cases loved it), but because he just isn't that into my writing style. It's like asking someone who has memorized everything Tolkien has ever written to try to get into Hemingway (not that I'm either).

That being said, I can understand the desire for validation of those important to us. I still make him read everything I write, and I hope that one of these days he'll like something I've written one of these days...