What’s that you say? Another questionable review left by a reader who absolutely insults and berates you for ever attempting to write a book… Every author gets hit with good and bad criticism. Ms. Jefferson has a humorous way of dealing with it…
So, you had a bad review. Get used to it. Not everyone is going to like your book. I know, it’s the romantic equivalent to Catcher in the Rye. You’ve poured your heart and soul into it. Countless hours of slaving away in front of the laptop have resulted in this literary masterpiece. I get it.
But it’s time you get over it. Someone isn’t going to like your book. It’s statistically impossible for everyone to love it as much as you. Some of these one star yielding individuals would vote against oxygen if given the choice, but they’ve chosen to wield their omnipotent reviewing powers against your novel. You can do two things – drink more wine or drink more wine.
You could drink more wine, crying into your glass. You could dismiss the reviewer as being crazy or some kind of ‘has been’ or ‘never was’ looking for retribution. You could ignore everything the reviewer said, and only focus on the positive reviews. You know, all those five stars your mom and immediate family gave you. You could fixate on the review, drink to numb the pain, and annoy your closest friends by rehashing the review every day – word after excruciating word.
But there are other options. You could – drink more wine. Celebrate the reader that gave you a negative review, but none the less purchased your book. You could try and mine the gems within the negative rant. Sometimes, there are lessons to be learned. You could also accept what the disgruntled reader had to say, and forget about it completely.
Drink another glass of wine, and move on.
You are going to receive negative reviews. Consider the advice, and the source, take what you will from it, then move on. I’m not saying it’s easy. It’s like calling your newborn baby homely – it hurts. But what’s done is done.
Thanks Jessica, don’t drink and read, its dangerous.
Ms. Jefferson’s debut Regency, Compromising Miss Tisdale, has hit several Amazon bestsellers lists. Here’s the sweet cover…
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