Reviews. They help sell books. Unfortunately, there’s no guarantees that all reviews will be good. So, how to deal with bad ones?
Actually, bad reviews don’t necessarily have to be crushing. There are two things to take from a so-called ‘bad’ review.
1. Bad reviews can sell books. Just because someone else writes in a review what they don’t like, doesn’t mean other readers won’t like your book. A bad review can help sell your book.
2. What can you learn from the review? If there was something someone didn’t like, can you change that in your writing for your next book? Each successive book should be better than the last. What did you do right? Don’t forget to do that again! Make sure you purpose to do everything in your book. Each word, each scene should be there for a reason.
Recently, I’ve been reading a book called Rivet Your Readers With Deep Point of View, by Jill Elizabeth Nelson. Basically, the whole point of her book is helping the author get into her character’s heads and tell the story from their point of view. It’s like the ultimate in showing versus telling. Anyway, my point in mentioning this book is that as a writer, I am continually working to improve my craft of writing for the sake of my readers. They’re worth it!
So, don’t be afraid of reviews, good or bad, they can still be helpful. Just keep moving forward and doing what you are called to do. If you aim for the stars, at the very least, you’ll probably hit the moon!