Develop A Thick Skin…

It has to be said. You will get that 1 star review, with a commentary that the reviewer wished they could give you zero stars. It will happen, sooner or later, and you will feel the terrifically strong urge to blast the reviewer about how wrong they are.

First of all, there is no need for you to break down weeping. Don’t dive into that gallon carton of chocolate ice cream either. A review is one person’s opinion about your book. Instead of having a panic attack, read their review and compare it to other reviews. Are they on the point about your sentence structure not being varied? Did you not proofread prior to publication as thoroughly as you should have? Could you have taken a little more time developing your characters? Or are you using too many clichés?

Those are the things you need  to worry about. If the reviewer marked you down because they don’t like the formatting, let it go. Don’t panic because they mentioned that you use too many commas. Ignore the commentary that your paragraphs are too long or short. There are people who have a set template for a book they’re reading, and if you deviate, they will take off “points” in a review.

The things you do need to worry about in reviews are: Do you have misspelled words? Improper punctuation? Have you completely blown of finishing an important plot point? The rest is personal choice and no reason to start a flame war on Amazon or Goodreads.

In fact, you shouldn’t address the reviewer at all. All you can do is shake your head and walk away. Don’t put this person down in an open post on Twitter or Facebook. Don’t rant on and on about how they did you wrong. Don’t stalk them on their blog or fan page, leaving nasty notes about how you’re waiting for them to publish a book, so you can return the favor. Most importantly, don’t call the reviewer names.

In other words, you have to be a professional. You must hold your head high and act as if the review didn’t bother you. You can rant privately with your friends, but make sure you trust them enough so that they don’t pass your words around the cyberworld.