Bloggers are often asked to review books. Sometimes I do, if the author has been published before, but if the author is new, I stay well away.
Years ago, somewhere around 1998, I joined a writing group (the details have mercifully faded into the mists), where the deal was that we reviewed each other’s work.
All went well, initially. Then I wrote a review, and the author took it badly. Here’s the thing: the review was a good review. considering. I was kind, but I did point out a couple of flaws. My mistake.
I had a similar experience to this reviewer, One (Bad) Way To Get Yourself Noticed As A Kindle Author | Amazon Kindle 3 and Kindle DX Review and News Blog:
“When the reviewer piped up that he had gotten the new version, she got a bit irate.Â Then she got a LOT irate.”
I’ve forgotten the details, but the lady told me exactly what she thought of me, and my ancestry, in very imaginative terms, and said she’d ensure that I never published another word online…
If you can’t handle reviews, don’t read them
If you’re writing a book, think about how you’ll handle reviews NOW, before you get them.
Yes, now. 🙂
Some authors can’t handle reviews. If you know you’ll have steam coming out of your ears and will turn purple with rage, commit to NEVER reading any reviews.
Remember: you wrote the book. You did it. You deserve kudos for it. Pat yourself on the back, and tell yourself you did great, because you did.
You also need to remember that everyone is entitled to their own opinion. Reviewers too. Once your baby’s out there, focus on your next book, the one you’re writing now, and let people have their opinions.
A bad review won’t kill your book — indeed, it may make your book much more successful. There’s a reason for the saying that all publicity is good publicity, as long as they spell your name right.
Once your book is selling, it stands alone. If you do read reviews, and find that reviewers have picked up on a real problem, fix it. That’s easy with digital publication. On the other hand, if you think their opinion is wrong, keep quiet.
Focus on what matters: the book you’re writing now.
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