Imagine you wrote a book. That book hit the Amazon shelves and quickly climbed the charts, successfully soliciting reviews, and not all good ones. What would you do? Me? I may cry to my husband, and maybe even drink a little rum while listening to Toby Keith’s “The Critic”, but once my alcohol-induced fog is over; I sit down and read it again to see if there is anything of merit in the critique that I can use. Sadly, however, not every author maintains this level of professionalism.
Recently I watched a (fairly new) indie author fall all over the Amazon boards chastising and
In the literary world, critiques and reviews are an essential component to the success of a book. Many times and author has to deal with harsh words and blunt opinions. Sometimes the review/critique can even be completely wrong or off base. The most important thing for an author to do is to maintain a constant air of professionalism when dealing with critics. I’ve asked a few friends of mine, and fellow authors, how they deal with bad reviews, and this is what they said:
Bad reviews are a fact of life. You have to accept that they happen and move on with life. Of course they hurt when you have poured your heart and soul into writing the best story you can. Tell yourself that criticism is sometimes justified and be willing to learn from it. As a reader, there are books I start but don't finish, and books which irritate me. Therefore, as an author, I accept that not everyone will enjoy my work.
Not everyone will love them. That’s just a fact of life. You can write the most perfect, beautiful, soul rendering piece of art and I guarantee you someone will not like it. Someone will even hate it. And you have to deal with it. Here’s how.
GET OVER IT
When I come across a bad review, I’ll read it to see if there’s any nugget of constructive criticism that I can apply to my writing in the future. Sometimes, there is. Oftentimes, not. Then, I mark it as unhelpful, and move along.
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When I get them, I don't do anything. If it's something I HAVE to respond to for whatever reason, I just say I'm sorry the reviewer didn't like the book. I believe if I had a really scathing one, I'd quote it and use it as a tool. (As in "If I read this review, I'd HAVE to read the book to see if any romance writer is that stupid--none of the ones I know are!")
I've heard authors say how they don't read reviews, and I'm not sure how
they can stand it. If there's a new review, I have to read it. What's
important is remembering a review is one person's opinion, good or bad.
As authors we hope for more good than bad!
One reader didn't like MY KIND OF CRAZY because there was (gasp) sex in
a romance novel. I belong to a group of authors on Facebook where we
share the good and the bad, and help each other deal with the
frustrations that come with being in a subjective field.
Dealing with bad reviews can be soul crushing, but in the end the only way to do it is to simply get over it and realize that it’s an important part of the publishing process. If you as an author just can’t bring yourself to accept other’s negative opinions of your work then you are setting yourself up for failure in your career.
I’d like to thank those authors who participated, and encourage other authors to leave a comment with how they deal with bad reviews/critiques. For my readers: feel free to leave reviews for my books (whether good or bad), and maybe even a comment on the blog.
A country girl born and bred, Dawn Luedecke has spent most of her life surrounded by horses, country folk, and the wild terrain of Nevada, Idaho and Montana. As a child she would spend many afternoons reading books, watching western classics, and Rogers and Hammerstein movies. When she grew up she decided to leave the quiet country life for a chance to find adventure by serving a successful tour in the United States Coast Guard. During that time she found her soul mate (and alpha male) and started a family and writing career. She enjoys writing historical and paranormal romance and spends as much time as she can working on her current manuscript. For more information visit www.dawnluedecke.com.
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