- Nothing. Accept that this person felt free enough to express their feelings on the matter.
- Act like a professional. Do not contact them no matter how strongly you feel and ask WHY?! Or tell them they are stupid.
- That one-star makes you look legit. A lot of friends and family will leave you initial excellent reviews–granted you have nice family and friends. But it will look better for you in the long-run to garner reviews from people you don’t even know, even if these are not so glowing.
- Learn from your mistakes, and write better.
- Relish all your good reviews. Be grateful for all the wonderful five and four-star reviews you already have.
- Obsessing over it won’t help. Even if your writing is solid, someone out there just won’t like it. I often think of this advice: “You can please some of the people all of the time, you can please all of the people some of the time, but you can’t please all of the people all of the time.” – John Lydgate
The strangest thing could happen. The reviewer might change their mind and change the rating or written review. One of the biggest fans of THE ALTERED I–and no, it isn’t my mother–confided that the first time she read the book she didn’t really like it. But it lingered with her and she had to read it again. Since then she has gone on to buy multiple copies, given them out as gifts to friends and family and even suggested the book for her book club. The book club agreed to read it as part of their line-up for the year and they purchased multiple copies. How’s that for a surprise ending?
Please remember that the reviewer who gives a low rating doesn’t know that there is a flesh and blood person on the receiving end of that review. Try not to judge them too harshly. They wanted to share their opinion in a forum that allows them the freedom to do just that.
As writers it’s our job to develop a thick skin and keep writing. A bad review is heart breaking and confidence crushing, but it is part of the business of writing.
Born in southern California, April Kempler currently resides in her adopted city of Reno, Nevada. April’s first book, THE ALTERED I, is a first-person narrative about the her father-in-law’s experience as a Holocaust survivor. April is an avid reader, and has more books than she will ever read in this lifetime.