Hello my Freaky Darlings,
Reviews are a part of a writer’s life. We get them whether we want them or not. We spend time getting members of the media and book bloggers to review our books. Random strangers who have read it leave reviews on places like Amazon and Goodreads. Some of them leave wonderful reviews that put a smile on our faces, while others leave really nasty ones that make us think we’re hacks and should give up the writing lark.
I recently got a one star review for Shadows. It was the first one star review I’d received. Fortunately, up till now I’ve been pretty lucky on the review front. I’ve received some fantastic ones in the media as well as on some blogs. It does sting a little when someone says that something I spent years working on is steaming pile of shit. Ah! The joys of a writer’s life. There’ll always be someone who hates what we’ve written. There’s no way we can please everybody. Reviews and opinions are very much subjective and depend on personal taste.
I’m the first to admit that Shadows is not perfect. It’s not going to win any awards. It’s a first novel, after all. To be honest, I think if it were the perfect novel I’d be in trouble. I’m only at the beginning of my writing career; I’ve still got a lot to learn. I’d be seriously screwed if this was the best I could do. If I’d already written the perfect novel what would I still have to aim for? Can you imagine the pressure if your first novel is an award winning best seller?
So my writerly friends how do you handle a bad review? Do you lash out at the reviewer like some now infamous authors have done? Do you enter into a civil discussion with them? Or do you simply ignore it?