You’ve spend countless hours, days, weeks, months, maybe even years working on your novel. Whether you self publish or traditional publish, you are finally looking at your book live and up for sale on Amazon. To say this moment is thrilling is an understatement. Can anything burst your excited bubble?
The answer unfortunately is yes, and that ‘anything’ is a bad review. Those pesky paragraphs of black and white printed text on a computer screen that can make you want to throw something across the room and crawl in the corner and cry all at the same time.
So what do you do to handle such heart break? Most authors will tell you to simply not read them. While this is the soundest advice, not a lot of people are capable of that much self control. We want to know what people think and we want to know what they’ve put out there for all-the-world to read.
First and foremost, have a chocolate bar, drink a glass of wine, or a mug of hot coco. Do whatever you can to comfort yourself, even if it’s just for an hour or two. Make yourself as happy as you can be even though you have a dark cloud looming over your head.
Preferably it would be best to throw something that can’t break or do any damage to your walls such as a pillow or a bunched up article of clothing.
Whether you want to travel to another room or even go outside, screaming out your frustration at the top of your lungs is a big stress reliever. Just make sure that you warn the other people in your house so they don’t think something is happening to you. If you go outside, you might want to warn the neighbors as well, otherwise you could have the cops showing up at your door.
TAKE THEIR WORDS TO HEART
Perhaps, the reader has a point, thought it will take you a few days to admit it. If you even want to, that is. Bottom line if they share views with other people, or if you think what they’ve said makes sense perhaps, they could have valid arguments, or at least helpful tips on things that can be applied to your next novel.
READ YOUR GOOD REVIEWS
Not everyone is going to like your novel, but more than likely there will be more people that do like it than don’t like it. Reading your good reviews a few times might help the sting and put a smile back on your face. Always remember mentally and emotionally dealing with a bad review is hard, but keep your chin up, keep writing, and don’t let them get you too down and sad.