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Hey guys. I'd like to talk about how to handle a bad or negative review because, well, I've seen authors not handling it well. This will be a thread so feel free to comment, argue, or share your own experiences. #WritingCommunity
I've seen authors on Twitter and Goodreads complaining that they got a bad review. Sometimes they say it's jealousy, sometimes they say it's a troll. Most of the time, I believe it's not either. Maybe...it was just their opinion?
You see readers are allowed to have opinions. And sometimes people don't like your work. By whining about it, you're saying a reader's view is not as important as yours. THAT'S NOT TRUE.
Worst of all, I saw an author say that because she received a negative review, her family and friends were going to give her 5 star reviews on GoodReads because obviously the one star review she received couldn't be valid.
Guess what? It probably was.
If someone who diapered your bottom, or tells you daily that you don't look fat in those jeans rates your book 5 stars, they're not doing it because they like your book. It's because they like you. But....here's another "guess what".
THEY ARE NOT YOUR READERS! They are your friends. Do you know who you're not getting feedback from? Actual readers. People who maybe liked or maybe hated your book but they read your stuff. THEY READ YOUR BOOK!
As an author isn't that what you want? After all your Grandmama may rate it 5 stars, but is that going to sell your book? Probably not. Here's why. I love small and self-published authors, but I would never trust anybody that received only 5 star reviews ever.
Why is that? Because it seems disingenuous. Not everybody likes the same thing. Some of my favorite books have one-star ratings, or two-star ratings, or three-star ratings. Because either readers didn't like it or just thought it was okay. AND THAT WAS A VALID RESPONSE!
Another bad thing, don't hunt down a reader, or dox them, or respond with snarky comments to them, or call them out on Twitter, or report them to Amazon/Goodreads etc. simply because they don't like your book.
Just be happy that someone took the time to read your stuff. Because frankly, word gets around and an author who has been known to attack readers, won't get read.
READERS ARE AN AUTHOR'S LIFE BLOOD. You're frankly just destroying your career and ruining any hope of selling future novels. So just take the negative review and move on.
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