StarMy publisher recently ran a contest to win Advanced Reading Copies (ARCs) of Miracle in a Dry Season. It’s been fun to see the winners popping up on my Facebook page to say thanks.
But do you realize what this means? People I don’t know can now read my book. Eek! And what’s more–readers can express an opinion about it.
So Tuesday I was on Goodreads and noticed my FIRST star rating. And it was . . . three stars. Out of five. Okay, let’s be honest here, who doesn’t want a five-star rating? Especially right out of the box? So maybe I was a teensy bit disappointed. But then I got to thinking about it and decided I’m mostly glad my first rating is middle of the road.
Three stars translates to: “liked it.” Which means someone liked my book. Maybe she didn’t think it was the best thing she’d ever read, but she liked it. That would be a good thing.
Because here’s what happens to me when I get five-star ratings: I’m tempted to get the big head. Or, if it’s an off day, I’m tempted to think readers are exaggerating. Neither of which is attractive or good for me.
I’m an approval junkie. I LOVE getting that pat on the back. But there’s this scripture about how your heart follows your treasure. And I aim to store up my treasure in heaven–not on Goodreads or Amazon.
It’s good to start in the middle. It reminds me of where my priorities lie. And THAT is something worth remembering.
Matthew 6:20-21 – But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moths and vermin do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.