Publishing a book is possibly one of the scariest things a writer can do. So, to start off, I’d first like to give a big congratulations to all the published authors out there. Thank-you for having the courage to share your words with the world! Sharing your work letting with the world can be an unnerving experience. I know as I get closer to my publishing date thoughts in my head start to stir up, like – What if no one likes it?
Now, the chances of every single person who reads my book not liking it is slim, I hope… But, that still doesn’t quench my fears of the inevitable (cue drum role) BAD BOOK REVIEW! So, how does one deal with poor reviews? No one likes to hear their work sucks… I shutter as this thought brings back a memory of my sixth grade science fair. huuuh… But hey, let’s keep on track.
Here are a few pointers I’ve come up with on how to deal with the inevitable bad book review.
- Any review is publicity for your book. The more reviews the better! I know I’d be more likely to buy a book if it had lots of reviews, even if some of them were poor. Hey, everyone’s entitled to their opinion. And with the miracle of social media, every person with WiFi and a keyboard has one!
- I’ve heard authors say, don’t even read the 1 and 2 star reviews. The bad reviews will put too much self-doubt in your head. Yet, others say, take the criticism and learn from them. What I think is, know the difference between constructive criticism and what’s irrelevant. So, learn from some, and forget the rest.
- Concentrate on the comments and reviews that make your heart soar! I can go for days on a witty, well-written comment. Know that you have fans out there. People, who have taken time out of their day to write about the work you do, because you are worth their time.
- Remind yourself again that you had the courage to put yourself out there, by publishing something you probably consider to be part of you. That’s something not many people can say, and that in itself is awesome!
- Don’t react harshly to bad reviews. Act like the review doesn’t exist. Step away from it. For God’s sake, don’t memorize it! Sometimes people writing reviews forget that there’s a real person on the other end reading them. People get brave in what they say when to them, it’s only a line of typed text.
- And the best advice of all, when dealing with bad book reviews. Don’t believe everything you read!
Wishing you all positive reviews!