I'm about half-way through my blog tour now. I've had a wonderful response to my book so far, by friends and strangers alike and I'm very grateful for that. I appreciate your kind support in buying copies.
But, while the reaction has been positive so far, I know that won't always be the case. So, may I address something that might be a bit sensitive? What if you are my friend, co-worker, my student, relative, or fellow-church member and you buy my book, read it, and don't like it? Awkward, right? Will I ask you how you liked it? Will I be offended if you don't rave? Should you say something insincere? Flat out lie? Just tell me you didn't like it? How will you handle that? What will you say next time you see me?
Answer: nothing at all. At least nothing about the book.
If you read my book and don't like it, you are still my friend, co-worker, student, relative, or fellow-church member. I will still love you.
Don't feel pressure to say anything at all. If you like it--and you want to tell me, then it will mean a great deal. But I know not everyone is going to like my work--and that's fine. I appreciate you giving it a try. I won't put you in the difficult position of asking what you thought. Not everyone will like this book and that's fine!
I am more than my book--and our relationship is more than your response to my book.
It would be nice if you didn't get on Goodreads and tear it down, but you don't have to pretend to like it if you didn't.
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