As writers, we’re all eventually going to deal with the dreaded negative book review. The key to dealing with negative book reviews successfully is learning how to discern what information to take to heart and what to ignore. This video shares how to deal with negative book reviews and answers whether or not you should respond to your critics.
Are you a writer and looking for positive ways to deal with negative book reviews? If yes, you have come to the right place because this article will help you to do so effectively. As a writer getting negative reviews can be very heart breaking and if you fail to handle the criticism, this can have a negative effect on your self-esteem and ultimately your writing. Here are some of the best ways to deal with negative book reviews.
Always remember that any book review is publicity
Those who write book reviews spend time and energy reading and thinking about your book. Remember even if a reader writes a negative book review, everyone will not agree with the negative comment made. Readers tend to form different opinions and a negative book review may attract a lot of opinions or debate that may possibly make your book gain a lot of publicity.
List your fears
It can be scary to launch your book because you are putting all your efforts out there for people to see and critique. To deal with negative book reviews, it is advisable to write down the comments that you fear most and make identification of the elements of a bad review, think about them and get over them.
Determine what is irrelevant
You need to acknowledge the reviews that do not have any value or matter to you. For instance, if a reader thinks that your book is wordy, this may be what other readers want because most readers may be looking for lots of information or words. So, ignore such comments and move on.
So, why worry about the negative reviews? They are part of your writing career and growth as a writer. If everyone loved everything you wrote, you’d lack stimulation to grow outside of your current writing strengths.
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