We've all been there. You've poured countless hours, sweat, and perhaps a smattering of tears into creating your magnum opus, only to have it trashed by some lunatic/weirdo/douchebag/professional reviewe on the internet. Ouch. Let's talk about how to handle that negative feedback, both when the critics are right and when they're a tad off base.
Ah, book reviews. The double-edged sword of the authoring world. While a glowing review can rocket your book sales into the stratosphere (or at least make you feel Super Kewl), a scathing one can feel like a kick in the crotch of your brain.
Remember: You Can't Please Everyone
I mean, let's be honest, not even chocolate pleases everyone, so how could your book? So what DO you do?
Professional reviewers, ah, the gatekeepers of the literary world. They can either throw open the gates to the city of fame or keep them firmly shut. But regardless of their feedback, how you respond can truly set you apart:
There’s a special breed of netizens out there. They seem to have built a career around being perennially offended. If you think you can turn them around with a well-worded apology or explanation, well, I’ve got a bridge to sell you.
Alright, let's face it. Critics, both professional and armchair ones, can sometimes get it wrong. Heck, even I've been known to get things mixed up (Okay, not often, but humor me). How should you handle these critiques?
Negative feedback, while not pleasant, is a part of the author's journey. Whether you're a seasoned writer with multiple titles under your belt or a newbie who's just put out their first work, criticism is inevitable. The real magic lies in how you respond to it.
And remember, every review, good or bad, means someone engaged with your work. That in itself is an accomplishment. Wear your reviews, yes, even the not-so-glowing ones, as badges of honor. After all, even the most celebrated authors have faced their fair share of criticism. It's just part of the job, so it's better to make peace with it than hope it never happens to you (or never happens again).
I'm Michaelbrent Collings, an international bestseller and produced screenwriter, as well as a multiple Bram Stoker Award and Dragon Award finalist, and maker of a fair-to-middling chocolate chip waffle.
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