Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Jeanette Talks About Reader Response - Virtual Luncheon - Final

"Wrap up this interview, Jen, and leave us with some parting words of wisdom."

Jen gulps down a bite of Raspberry Cheesecake. "I'd love to eat more, but I'm taking home a large doggie bag - make that husband bag. Why do you think I ordered two desserts? So, I can take home a writers' husband perk to Kev. Besides, who has time to eat when the company is so fascinating?

"As far as trial/error lessons are concerned, how many hours do we have? I've learned people don't always like what you write or understand that writing is a valid calling, like preaching or missionary work. They may even send a letter to the editor, telling him they didn't like my column.

"I've also learned that many people listen and are helped by my meager offerings, and that is so gratifying and humbling.  People want to grow and know God better, and I feel so privileged to be a small part of His family, helping Him cover the earth with His word.

"And lastly, I learned that you don't know unless you ask. If I'd been shy about asking to do this column, te Lord could not have opened the door. I stepped out in faith and He said, "Yes - go for it!" He's so sweet like that."

I put down my pen, and give Jen a quick hug. If I could reach Rhonda from where I'm sitting, I would hug her too. "I appreciate both of you for the laughter, the encouragement, and the sneaky zings that get me thinking. Thank you for allowing me to pepper you with questions throughout the meal."

Jen and Rhonda exchange a conspiratorial look. Jen angles herself toward me and says in the sweetest voice, "Don't worry. We've got plans for you, Susie. If you think you're off the hook, you've got another guess coming."

Oh no, what have I done???

Questions for the Reader: How do you handle criticism and praise? Now, it's my turn for your evaluation. How did you like this virtual luncheon interview? Did it hold your attention? Was it too long? Don't hold back. I really want to know what you thought and if you have any suggestions. :)

22 comments:

Jessica Nelson said...

I thought it was really cute! :-)

Karen Lange said...

Wonderful series! Thanks to all of you; it's been informative and fun!
Loved it.
Blessings,
Karen

Susan J. Reinhardt said...

Hi Jess -

Thanks, I'm glad you enjoyed it.

Blessings,
Susan :)

Susan J. Reinhardt said...

Hi Karen -

You're welcome. A lot of emails flew back and forth between me, Jen, and Rhonda. Both Jen and Rhonda worked hard to make this happen.

Blessings,
Susan :)

Marja said...

I liked it Susan, it wasn't too long, it makes the reader come back :)
In the beginning of my writing I was often hurt by the criticism and then my husband told me to learn from the negative critique and to cherish (and print!) the positive critique. I had people tell me my books were poorly written (well, how would you enjoy writing a book in a language that is not your mother tongue?), my theology was way off (sorry, I write from my heart), they were too introspective (If they didn't trigger your thoughts and pre-conceived ideas I missed my goal)and yes, many said they were definitely lifechanging! Ouch! Take your pick:)

Jeanette Levellie said...

I don't like criticism; only praise, chocolate, and money. However...

I need it to grow and improve. And we get it anyway, whether we like it or not, right? So we may as well use it to our good.

I enjoyed the luncheon, but I wish it was real.

Susan J. Reinhardt said...

Hi Marja -

As writers, a thick skin comes in handy. I appreciate constructive feedback. Unfortunately, everyone doesn't know how to give it.

Your husband gave you wise advice. I always enjoy your blog posts and think you raise some good questions.

Blessings,
Susan :)

Susan J. Reinhardt said...

Hi Jen -

Oh, that would have been the best! You and Rhonda were so entertaining at the virtual lunch.

Thanks for being such a good sport and participating.

Blessings,
Susan :)

Nancy said...

Very nice having luncheon with ladies I'm very fond of. Do it again.

Rhonda Schrock said...

You did a great job, Susan. You're such a gracious hostess, for sure. It was fun getting to know your readers a bit better. Someday, somewhere, at a conference...maybe?

Jill Kemerer said...

I loved the virtual luncheon! And I read a long time ago, in a Carolyn See book, that it's none of our business what other people think about us. Isn't that a great way to look at it? I try to live by it!

Terri Tiffany said...

You all did great!!
I cringe with criticism but if done in love, it's okay:)

Susan J. Reinhardt said...

Hi Nancy -

Maybe I'll do something similar down the road. Meanwhile, I have lots of book recommendations coming up. :)

Blessings,
Susan

Susan J. Reinhardt said...

Hi Rhonda -

Thank you for participating! I think it was good practice for working together as a writing team. It may come in handy someday.

Blessings,
Susan :)

Susan J. Reinhardt said...

Hi Jill -

Thanks! I like the way Carolyn See thinks. :)

Blessings,
Susan

Susan J. Reinhardt said...

Hi Terri -

Yes, the learning curve is tough. At least we're making progress. :)

Blessings,
Susan

Lynn said...

Very creative interview, Susan! I liked it. Right now, I'm still seeing criticsm as a chance to grow better. When I'm better, I may see it differently!

Susan J. Reinhardt said...

Hi Lynn -

Thanks for your evaluation.

I can take criticism as long as it's not mean spirited. If it becomes a personal attack, I shut down and reject it.

Blessings,
Susan :)

Rosslyn Elliott said...

I like the interview!

And I thought I should tell you that I'm considering naming my next protagonist Reinhardt. I needed a German name. :-)

Susan J. Reinhardt said...

Hi Rosslyn -

Thank you.

My last name is like Smith in this area. I'm always running into Reinhardt's. There are a number of spellings: Rhinehart, Rinehart, Reinhart, etc.

Blessings,
Susan :)

Janna Qualman said...

Awesomely fun! What a wonderful time for you guys. Great gals, all of you.

Susan J. Reinhardt said...

Hi Janna -

We loved doing this interview. Maybe someday we'll actually meet and do a live interview instead of a virtual one.

Blessings,
Susan :)