Now getting other people to give you some honest feed back, having beta-readers, and sounding boards, and even if need be editors, well great...but critics to me are worthless because they have nothing real to offer other than their own opinions which carry very little if any weight in real life. Also and I truly mean no offense by this...I have a lot of friends who are "book reviewers" and I have even done some reviews myself. I however have never read or not read a book based on someone else's review or opinion. Reviews have their place and it is to put the readers thoughts out into the world and that is fine. If you base your reading decisions though on other people's opinions...well that just makes you silly and a little pathetic to me personally. I have read reviews and done some as I said. I did it really as a study to help myself analyze my own thoughts about a particular work or what have you and I shared those thoughts or read someone's thoughts. Never did I ever base my decision on someone else's opinions.
So to everyone...stop listening to all the negative nellies and all the voices of nay-sayers and start listening to your own voice and to Spirit! Listen to your own creative impulses and go live life to the fullest.