As a writer, it is inevitable at some point in your writing career. You will receive a bad review.
What you do with the knowledge of that review can be detrimental to your writing career.
You can choose to ignore the review. Or you can take it with a grain of salt to learn from what the person disagreed. Are they right in their assumption?
I got a bad review. It hit me hard, for it was the same weekend we buried my Mother-in-Law. I didn’t do anything for a whole month. Then I reread the review. I realized it wasn’t as bad as I took it.
Yes, I checked out what she told me that was the biggest problem. I looked into my book, and sure enough, she was correct. Right away, I got to work to correct the problem.
Now, I have grown as a writer. The next book I edit will be with the knowledge I have learned from that bad review. A personal thank you to Amy for being truthful with your review.
It is essential to look at such reviews. Not all reviews will be justified because of it being their personal opinion. Those you still might even want to read to see what the reader is looking for to read. You might be able to incorporate a little into your storyline, which could give you another fan. Then again, it might be a lost cause.
Until you have several books under your belt, it could be in your favor to read your reviews. It might make all the difference in your career. However, it is not the easiest thing to do. So you will have to get yourself in the right mindset, so you don’t get too down that you throw in the towel—something you don’t want to do.
May you succeed in all you write.
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