One of my major weaknesses is taking criticism. In my journey with Unbroken I had to learn to accept criticism - and grow from it. When I first began to publish my book, I knew there were flaws. How could there not be? I was a first-time author and publishing novice.
Going in to the process, I had to steel myself against criticism, constructive or otherwise. I wanted this book published. I wanted my poems out there for people to read and enjoy. And in order for that to happen, I had to learn to accept criticism. I had been preparing myself for this every since I decided to publish Unbroken. Now I just had to put it into action.
But a wonderful surprise awaited me when I got an overwhelming number of positive reviews. I got mostly 4 or 5 stars for each review and some lovely comments as well. This is a brand new lesson for me - sometimes it's okay to expect the positive as well as the negative.