“Your books suck!”
“Yes, they do. But not as bad as some others.”
Critics go with the territory – walking out your door means you’re fair game.
Here on Cape Cod, you can’t help bump into artists. I’ve met dozens of people with an excess of talent, a better eye for color, light, texture, detail, who have that gift, that creative lightning, who could make far better stained glass windows than me. But they don’t make windows. I do. So mine are better than theirs. Same thing with writing. (or sculpting, or painting…)
The learning curve requires you write your first book before you write your second, and anything worth doing is worth doing well, worth doing poorly at first.
Oh, and my monthly remittance from Amazon just showed up. Again.