Ah, to be young again. I remember when I was a twenty-something aspiring writer, corresponding with Lincoln Child about RELIQUARY, the sequel to RELIC. I didn't like the book, and let Lincoln know my thoughts. I look back on that now with chagrin -- I was so full of myself even though I had yet to have anything published. I was going to light up the world with mah awesome words!
Thankfully, we didn't have Amazon reviews back then. You know, things that would stay around for decades, and always be associated with my name? Now that I do writing for a living, and face serious m-fing deadlines, I understand far better the demans on Lincoln and other pro authors.