"'Does it have to be a whale?… We recommend an antagonist with a more popular visage among the younger readers. For instance, could not the Captain be struggling with a depravity towards young, perhaps voluptuous, maidens?"
— On Herman Melville’s Moby-Dick
... As Harper Lee says, "I would advise anyone who aspires to a writing career that before developing his talent he would be wise to develop a thick hide."
So take heart and learn from your rejections. But if you’re writing about a whale—I’d keep the whale."
Some people don't like my novel. Others do. So why do I fixate on the negative ones? i don't like watermelon. Is there anyone in the world who will say the same thing? It's almost un-American.
How much influence do you give to a book you liked that drew a negative review? Could it be that the reviewer sat in unmoving traffic for an hour? And, with a headache, saw my book as he sat, an hour late and a desk covered with books?
Maybe our reviewers need a little grace. What do you think?