Did you just receive a bad book review?
Of course we all love receiving great book reviews – but books are very personal and mean different things to different people. Effect people in different ways.
Some People “LOVE” my paranormal book Paradox – The Angels Are Here, while others don’t – not at all. For some, it makes them cry – and that tells me that I have achieved what I set out to do, to touch people’s emotions. People will ‘feel’ your book, or they won’t.
And I for one think that is a good thing – that different things affect people in different ways – it is what makes us unique. The world would be a very boring place if we all liked the same things and all felt the same way.
What do I do if I get a bad review...? Easy, I pick a really popular Author on Amazon and go read their bad reviews. This reinforces in me that even the greats get bad reviews from time to time and they are still doing GREAT! They kept on writing and became even more successful Authors.
Offer your book to bloggers and book reviewers that are happy to give you an honest book review. Trust me, you want the truth. Anything less is worthless. You can learn far more from a bad honest review than you can a great dishonest one.
You need a tough skin, but at the end of the day it is worth it 🙂 A bad review doesn’t mean your book is bad, it just means that the wrong person read it! You serve a person that prefers vanilla icecream strawberry and the chances are, they aren’t going to like it very much. No matter how good it is.
John Locke says something like – Write for the people who love your book, not for the ones that don’t. I for one think that is great advice! And the last I heard, John is going GREAT with his 99c ebooks on Amazon. He is one of Amazon’s all time best sellers, week after week.
Go check out John’s reviews for his books! And you will see what I mean. The man, no matter how popular and successful he is still gets some really BAD reviews.
Yep, I’m a huge John Locke fan yet I have never read any of his Donovan Creed novels. And probably never will – but John wont care because he has a host of loyal fans that will continue to buy every book he publishes.
However, I do swear by his $2.99 ebook – How I Sold 1 Million eBooks in 5 Months! When John talks – I listen! Read his book, it will be the best $2.99 you ever spent on a book.
If you have a friend who is an indie author or who is thinking about becoming one – buy it for them. They will thank you for it!
So a bad review to me just means, OK, we have different tastes in books. No big deal. Some prefer chocolate or strawberry icecream, while I prefer vanilla!
My advice is, chin up and keep writing! Because there are people out there who are going to LOVE your book.
Mark Twain wrote –
“Sing like no one’s listening, love like you’ve never been hurt, dance like nobody’s watching, and live like its heaven on earth.”
Perhaps he should have also added – “write like ………..” what would you type there?
If you have enjoyed reading this post, chances are one of your friends will too – please forward, twitter or facebook – it just might make someone’s day!
Patti Roberts – Author of the book Paradox – The Angels Are Here.