Nothing is more exciting than a good review; it lifts your spirits and justifies all the hard work you put into your novel. However, there are always bad reviews, and they can be devastating…if you let them.
For the first few months after Doppelganger Experiment was published, I was receiving 4 and 5 star reviews; pure heaven. Then I began to receive some ‘not so good’ reviews, and needless to say, it was pretty disheartening. I’d worked so hard, but not hard enough! I think as human beings, it’s instinctual to lay blame on anyone but ourselves, and after reading the reviews, I wanted to do just that. But I couldn’t; I wrote the book, I made the mistakes. They were mine, I owned them and it was up to me to fix them.
I did the only thing I could think of; I asked my publisher to pull the book and have it re-edited. Then I too went through it with a fine tooth comb and made additional edits and revisions. I also published 2 star reviews on Amazon and Goodreads (2 stars as to not skew the existing review status); I did this so that the readers would know that I heard them, that I respect them and that I wanted to make it right! Is the book better now? I truly hope so.
I think I’ve learned a great deal from this experience, and I hope it’s made me a better writer. The 2nd Edition of Doppelganger Experience (revised and re-edited) will be available on February 4, 2012 and can be purchased via Amazon.com
Margaret Millmore was born and raised in Southern California and moved to San Francisco in 1991. She currently resides there with her husband. She is the grandniece of Irish author Benedict Kiely and the second cousin of Irish author Sharon Owens. She has written two flash fiction stories for Bay Area artist Kenny Mencher (The Welcome Home and Untitled-Luke N. Goode).
After more than four weeks in a coma, Jane woke up to find several things wrong; she didn’t remember the last three years, she was married to a man she didn’t know, and frightening dreams were infiltrating her sleep. But were they dreams or memories? As she struggles to recapture a life she doesn’t remember she discovers clues that lead to flashes of memories and the discovery of horrific experiments that end in murder… and something worse than murder. A psychological thriller based in San Francisco.