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Here’s an interesting article written by Jo Robinson on Lit World Interviews about the pain we feel as authors when we get a bad review on our books and how to handle them.



You will get bad reviews. It’s inevitable, I promise you. Take comfort in the fact that it’s a rite of passage all writers go through. Every – single – one of them, and after the first one has you on the floor, bawling your eyes out, and inexplicably trying to chew your own foot off for a while, they’re not so hard to deal with. Some are pretty funny, and some are just to be ignored.


There are people out there who delight in trashing books, and sometimes the authors of books too, for reasons unknown to most decent humans. Sometimes it’s jealousy, and sometimes it’s just because they’re mean. Sometimes also these one star stabs to the soul are perfectly legitimate in their author’s hearts and minds, because they really didn’t enjoy what you wrote for reasons that do or don’t make sense to you. Whatever the reasons are for your one star clanger, you must never, ever, never, never, and I repeat, never respond to them. . . Continue Reading 


Source: Rotten Reviews and Terrible Trolls | Lit World Interviews

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  • Judith Barrow

    I once watched an author friend , her mother, her sister, have an hour long tirade with a reviewer. Most unpleasant. I did text her to say ‘don’t, not worth it’, but it continued. Everyone upset. Certainly taught me a good lesson. Only had one really bad review – when I went to look at their profile I saw i was in the company of brilliant writers with as bad reviews from this person. Food for thought here.Thanks. Jx

    • dgkaye

      Thanks for sharing that Judith. So true, as hard as it can be, we’re better off zipping our lips. I once read an article where Hemingway was slammed terribly. Seriously? Who’s writing these reviews? Also, when I look at reviews and a book has mostly 4 and 5 stars with one or two bad reviews, something doesn’t jive. 🙂 xo

  • Teagan Geneviene

    Good choice for a share Debby. Jo makes some particularly good points — especially about not responding to them. I had a reader who sent what amounted to a death threat — because I write fantasy in general. The person said I shouldn’t be “suffered to live.” I could have said a lot of things. But saying anything at all just fuels them, whether it’s fanatics, bullies, or bad reviewers. I didn’t respond, and will not.
    Huge hugs my friend.

    • dgkaye

      Wow, that’s awful Teag. But I have heard some terrible horror stories about trolls, so like you, I choose to keep my lips zipped. I suppose the best defense is no defense when it comes to trolls. 🙁 Hugs back! xo

  • Claire

    Oh I can relate! I had a single one star review once, and I read and reread it at least 20 times more than any of the positive ones. That said, I think that the middling reviews can be the ones that sting the most – I’d almost rather someone hated my story with the passion of a thousand suns that were left feeling ‘meh’.

    • dgkaye

      You make a good point Claire. Not all books appeal to everybody. But I’m still from the old school, ‘if you can’t say something nice, don’t say anything at all. ‘ 🙂

  • marianbeaman

    I see what I have to look forward to – ha!

    Fortunately I’ve developed a thick skin over the years, but still – WRITING IS SO VERY PERSONAL – and that’s probably why bad reviews (whether deserved or not) hurt so much.

    • dgkaye

      You’ve got that right Marian. It’s very disheartening to get a bad review, because it feels personal after slaving over a book for months or years. Nobody said it was going to be all roses, lol. But sure, not every book appeals to every person, and that’s understandable. Some critiques may be justified, but there are many trolls out there who derive pleasure from being mean. Often the bad review doesn’t even pertain to the book, more an attack on the author or the genre, which equally doesn’t even make sense but it happens. 🙂

  • writingandalcohol

    That is probably the reason why we have to separate ourselves from our writing. I cannot deny feeling elated when I get positive reviews and feeling down when I got a negative one but I have to remind myself over and over again to just keep writing and keep improving my craft. Then be reminded that I am more than what I write, writing is just a part and a gift but it is not everything about me. Thank you for sharing this great post Debby.
    Yours always,

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