Just like every other author out there, I’ve always known the drill when it comes to dealing with bad reviews: just don’t read them and ignore them completely.
Still, though, even with all that wonderful advice, sometimes we cave. We read them. And they hurt.
They hurt a lot.
Certainly, every bad review can sting, but what about those ones that are overly harsh? The ones that just seem to get worse with every word you read because the people are just nasty, mean-spirited individuals who have a life mission to cut down everyone and everything they can?
Well, those are on a whole other level. And in my opinion, there is a different way to handle those. First, laugh them off. Second, laugh them off, again, all while telling yourself they have no merit whatsoever.
And why is that? Why do those mean nothing?
Because of the way the people went about the way of posting their review,
hiding behind sitting in front of their computer, probably laughing as they type and feeling as though they are, not only better than the person they believed they’ve just crushed, but they’ve done some type of service to the community.
Ah, yes, bravo to you. Because of you no one will ever buy, read, or enjoy this book again.
Thank goodness you came along when you did because if you hadn’t then someone else would have bought the book and the world would have fallen apart.
I, especially, love the “I can’t believe this book has gotten any good reviews because it shouldn’t have.” Ah, yes, because your opinion is the end all, be all, and no one could ever love something you didn’t love.
I completely understand that there are people who aren’t going to like my stories and it’s totally fine. We all have likes and dislikes and I know my books aren’t going to be for everyone.
All books, even ones that are best sellers and have sold millions of copies, have one star reviews just as all books have five star reviews.
That’s the beauty of having an opinion, of having a voice, of having a variety of novels on the market.
If you don’t like my work and you want to say something about it, then by all means, go ahead. It’s America, we are all allowed to have opinions.
But don’t think that being absolutely cruel is going to validate your opinion more or that you’re doing everyone a favor. And don’t think that I’m all of a sudden going to say, “You know what, you’re right. I suck and my books suck and I’m just going to quit right now and never write again.”
This world is so full of anger and hate, why must we resort to such meanness on something as simple as a book review?
If you don’t like it then stop reading and walk away, and if you must leave a review, try doing so in a constructive manner. Because being a jerk and being mean is utterly pointless.