Last night, I added Backstage, the sequel to Boy Band, to GoodReads. And, since I like to add my books to lists and you can technically only do that if you’ve “read” them, I went ahead and gave my book a five-star rating. Of course I’ve read it! I’m the author! Even though it technically may not be all the way written yet. Regardless, of course I’m going to give it five stars.
Then I logged on to Twitter and remembered that I have this nifty little GoodReads feature that shares whenever I rate a book. Usually, I like sharing my ratings. Last night, however, I was thinking, “Oh great. Now everyone is going to know I rate my own books. And that I give all my books five stars!”
That’s a lot of stars.
But the more I thought about it, the more I realized, “You know what? It’s okay to be proud of my books. It’s okay to think my books are worth five stars. In fact, if I thought my books were worth anything less than five stars, I probably shouldn’t be publishing them.”
As an author, you deserve to feel proud of yourself and your work. Do you have any idea how many people want to write a book and how few actually succeed? It takes a lot of time and effort and dedication to get all those words out onto the page. But it’s all worth it. A million times over, it’s worth it.
As an author, you should think the very best of your work. That’s not to say that everyone will. There will more than likely be some negative ratings in there. And that’s okay! Even JK Rowling gets one-star ratings every now and then. Just remember that no one else can offer what you can offer. No one else can write your story the way that you can. You are giving the literary world something brand new, and that’s what I love about books and writing. It’s always changing, always evolving, always new. And we all have something to contribute. We’re not like other artists. We don’t compete for the same roles or fight for the number one spot on the charts. We get to work together. And that’s incredible.
Love your work. Love what you do. And most importantly, love yourself.
And remember… It’s okay to rate your own book. Because you know it’s worth five stars.