Just yesterday I received my first 3-star review for Bloated Goat from The IEMommy Blog. That initially saddened me, until I started thinking more about the words and intent in the review. I won't post the whole thing here as you can read it on the Bloated Goat product page, but here is a partial:
"Hmmmm? Yep, that's pretty much how I am going to sum up this book....because I am not really sure where to go with this review. I have to remind myself that this is a book for tweens and therefore I might be missing some of the humor because I am too well, old! Simply put and matter of fact. While I have read many tween, kids and YA titles this one was quite a bit different. If you enjoy comedy such as Police Academy, Monty Python and the Simpsons...you just may enjoy this book."
So, a day later, I am feeling better. And I realized that the quote "If you enjoy comedy such as Police Academy, Monty Python and the Simpsons...you just may enjoy this book." is a very positive endorsement. Apparently, the reviewer doesn't think those three shows are funny, but obviously millions of other people do.
So, I learned or reaffirmed these thoughts: This reviewer didn't get my humor. That's okay. This reviewer didn't give me a stellar rating. That's okay. This reviewer is entitled to her opinion. That's okay (duh).
My skin just got a little thicker. I'm going to continue to write what I want to read.