Thursday Tips are geared toward the newly published/contracted writer
Here’s the deal.
You will get them. They are a fact of life. It is impossible to please everybody and if you expect to never get a bad review, in effect, what you are expecting is to please everybody.
Now I realize this is probably a little easier for me to say than some—I’m one of those people who have gone through life fully aware of the fact that I can rub a lot of people the wrong way and while I’m sorry about that, I’ve never changed how I am to suit anybody else and I have no intention of changing that now…and that includes all aspects of my writing.
Bad reviews can suck and there’s no denying that. I do have that knee jerk reaction and yes, it can sting. But I’m not going to let it pull me down and letting it piss you off, pull you down, pull you off your rhythm is the worst thing you can do.
Perhaps it will help to look at it like this: a review, in the end, reflects one person’s opinion. Unless every single review out there says the same thing (ie: this person’s book sucks rotten eggs), why worry about it? Do they really affect sales? In my opinion? No.
Negative reviews have actually led me to purchase books. Especially when I find a reviewer who just happens to have taste in books that run opposite to mine. A negative review, after all, doesn’t have to mean that your book sucks—what it can mean is that it just didn’t work for that reviewer. What didn’t work for that reviewer could be exactly what will work for me, and hundreds, thousands of other readers.
So don’t get worked up if you don’t get a positive review.
And for the love of all books…
Don’t attack or question the reviewer!
This isn’t just pointless, it’s downright foolish. When you do this, basically, what you are doing is telling that reviewer that they don’t have a right to an opinion. They didn’t like your book…and guess what…they are allowed to not your book. Have you loved every last book you’ve ever read? If not…then you can’t expect everybody to love your book. Just let it go—move on. Your life as a professional writer will be a lot easier for it, and you won’t end up trotted out as one of the authors behaving badly on some blog, nor will you run the risk of alienating a slew of readers.