Originally Posted by Kelpie
And no doubt few of the people who review her books do know how much work goes into writing a novel. I'm not sure how that is relevant, however. It would be pretty boring reading reviews on Amazon if every one of them had to begin with some such disclaimer, "Of course Ms. Rice deserves all due credit for writing a book at all, when many of us here will never write a single one." Because can't we take that pretty much as given?
Precisely. How much effort somebody has taken to make something does not mean anything if the end product disappoints the people who are putting out their hard-eared money for it.
If you're writing only for yourself, keep it to yourself.