Well it’s official, I received my first bad review. Sniff Sniff. Ugh. The reader gave a whopping 1 star out of 4. Yay! Go me! Oh well, though. At least I invoked an emotion from her. Granted, it wasn’t a good emotion, but I still invoked an emotion in someone, nonetheless.
In all honesty, when I saw she gave me only 1 star, I should have closed my computer screen and ignored it. Curiosity, got the better of me, though, and I soon found myself reading her harsh and confusing words. Of course, they weren’t all bad, at least she did throw me a bone in a few places.
While I’d like to say the whole review was BS, I can’t, except for one particular part which is bothering me to no end. The reviewer bashed my book claiming a historical inaccuracy when they themselves were wrong. Seriously?? I about fell out of my chair. Contacting the reviewer is definitely a no-no, but at the same time, if they are going to say you were wrong with a piece of history they should at least get their facts straight.
I’m not going to let it bother me, though. I know I’m not going to please every one with my novel. To each their own, and if you didn’t like it, well then you didn’t like it. Even the great authors of both the past and present have received harsh and rude reviews. It’s just a part of life when writing a novel. If you don’t want to get a bad review then do publish your work.
And, I have to admit, aside from the annoying claim I ignored historical fact when I most certainly didn’t, I can see some of the points she made, and will keep them in mind when editing In the Land of Gold with my editor. Am I going to make sure all my edits are geared for this particular person? No. But on a few points I can see her point of view and I do believe others could agree with her.
Bad reviews are hard to swallow and can certainly humble, but they can also be a good thing. At least that’s the stance I’m taking.