I definitely agree with #4. Please, if you’re going to read the reviews, listen to what the reviewer is trying to tell you and think about it seriously. Don’t just say, ‘Heh, what do they know?’ They might know more than you.
I think we, writers, need to keep focused on the clear fact that reviews are the reviewers opinions on what they liked and what they didn’t like in a book. It doesn’t matter if the author doesn’t agree, it’s an opinion and everyone has a right to their own opinions.
Since some asshat authors who have been attacking some friends of mine for leaving less than glowing 5-star book reviews on their work, here’s this helpful list on How to Deal with Bad Reviews on Your Book:
1. Take a deep breath.
2. Read the review.
4. If there is valid criticism, take heed of it. Think about it and perhaps use it to better your style of writing.
5. If the review is a rant by an apparent lunatic (or loonie, for short), spam for another book, or an attack by a detractor, identify it as such and confine said review to where it belongs: Oblivion. Forget it exists. Insanity breeds insanity, and being a writer, you don’t need more madness than what you’ve already got between your ears.
6. If point #4 is in effect: In certain instances, when a review is touching or right…
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