FYI, I have added a section on social media on the Learn More About… page. I meant to do that on the last post but I didn’t have time.
I got my first bad review this week published on Amazon.com for all to see. (Go ahead, it’s here.) Where can I find a rock to crawl under was my initial thought. I could have probably found that rock but I don’t have time to search for rocks. I’m writing another novel! I could have gotten angry but that’s pretty pointless too. Every reader is entitled to his opinion. So what’s next? How about facing the fact that bad reviews are part of the business.
Amongst the reasons I stopped writing a few years ago was the potential bad reviews of a yet non-existent novel. When I decided to publish Masks, I knew bad reviews would come eventually because you can’t please everybody. Making my dream come true was more important than the inevitable criticism. As writers, we can either empower ourselves by doing what we love or we can let fear and critics overpower us and destroy our passion.
I’m going to let Cage The Elephant give you a clue about the right attitude to adopt.
If I focus on the bad review, then I’m not seeing all the good stuff that’s happened this year.
- Masks was a National Indie Excellence Awards young adult category finalist.
- After reviewing a donated copy, the Mississauga Central Library purchased three copies of my book because the senior librarian felt it would appeal to teen readers.
- One of my co-workers bought Masks for his niece about a month ago and, without any prompting from him, told him she loved the story and was looking forward to reading my next book.
- Masks: A Novella is selling beyond my expectations.
What more could I want?
How do you deal with bad reviews? I love to hear from you. Leave a comment.