REVIEWS: The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly
What occupation has the highest suicide rate?
Lawyers? Dentists? Forget it...it's gotta be Writers!
How do you handle bad reviews?
Do you curl into a ball for the rest of the day?
Have a pity party with Ben and Jerry?
Revel in fantasies of torturing said reviewer?
Brush it off--you're amazing and the review is a f#c*ing crock of $hit?
On a more serious note, reviews are SOOOO subjective. I stopped obsessing over them long ago. If I didn't, I'd probably have stopped writing. Where one person raves, another will rant. You CAN'T please everyone. Even books you've disliked or loved are perceived differently by others. People will even buy a sextreme book and complain about the amount of sex...really? You have to expect a lot dirty sex in a sextreme novel, or it wouldn't be rated as such.
A good review can validate your hard work. Honest, constructive reviewers are priceless gems. When they 'get' your work it feels brilliant and all you want to do is pump out your next book.
Isn't it great when a reviewer posts a 1 or 2 star with no reason what-so-ever, or even before the book is released? *sarcasm* I've seen it happen. The worst part is, as an author, you have to keep your mouth shut or you'll get slammed. It's best to just KEEP WRITING what you enjoy and turn a blind eye to the ratings.
Some of my best sellers are my lowest rated, and vice versa. It's just WEIRD and you'd be crazy to try and understand the nature of the beast. I do whine to some of my close author friends when I need a boost, and they're always there for me. Sometimes reviewers bash, not realizing their review is taken personally by authors--real people are writing the books, not machines. Constructive reviewers can help an author grow and become better.
How do you handle the bad and the ugly?
How do you celebrate the good?