I got my first one star review for my book The Killer Contract Agency, and besides the fact that it stung a second in the end it really didn’t bother me. Now I’m over it, and the reason why I’m writing a blog post is to tell you that your book will get bad reviews. It’s inevitable to get a bad review, and not everyone is going to like your book. Which is okay, and I’m not expecting everyone to like it. Reviews are mainly for the reader, and it’s more for other readers to decide to read it or not. It’s nothing personal, and it just wasn’t their cup of tea. Sometimes they don’t even read the genre, and sometimes they pick it up because someone else recommended it to them or it was part of a group. I’ll never be an author that bashes a reviewer, and I’ll never comment on bad reviews. To me they are learning experiences, and something everyone faces especially when they put themselves out there. I wrote the story years ago, and every time I finish a novel I gain more experience. I’ve dealt with bad feedback before, and I wound up blocking the person who kept having issues with my work. Hell, she even posted a work in progress I gave her over Facebook and made fun of it online. I trusted her too, and then after a while when my novel came out she said the same thing, and nitpicked and nitpicked. Why does the main guy look like this? Because I like it like that, and she even went as far as to tell me how the book should go. I had to block her in order to not let her comments ruin my day. Every time I talked to her it was draining, and it went too far when she told me about how horribly edited it was and that I needed to read it over. I took the good things to heart, but I was sick of how her crap was ruining my day. There is a difference though, and her feedback was not helpful since she didn’t tell me why. It will suck taking all the crap from people, but that is why you take a book to beta readers. They are more helpful than anything else. They actually tell you what works and what doesn’t.
I’m not going to post the review on this blog at all. It will happen and all books receive bad reviews. But know the difference between a troll and a constructive review. I’ve also worked retail, and I let every customer bother me to the point where it ruined my day, and in turn I had to stop myself from it and I moved on. I’m so much better at handling negative criticism now then I was.
How did you handle a bad review?
Until next time,
I used to let things get to me easily thanks to being bullied in elementary, high school, and middle school. I used to spend days filled with hate, anger, and wanting revenge towards those who bullied me. The day I found writing is the day it all stopped being bad, and my perspective on life changed. I wasted my life some thinking about the bullies instead of finding ways to help people like me. Writing allows me to reach out to people like me, and show them that they should not waste time with childish people. Writing is a refuge I use to make things better, and it made me have the power to take things into my own hands. It allows me to create worlds where extraordinary things happen, and where fantastical creatures exist. It helped me get over the negativity of my past by allowing me to use writing as a therapy. I wrote down the negative situations, and changed them to a better outcome. I follow authors on twitter, and it amazes me how they cope with negativity. I hope to be like them someday.
Another situation this time dealing with fear is I used to let the fear of people judging my work get in the way as well when I first started. I was afraid they would not like it, and that they would say mean things about it. I dealt with that by getting together emails of those close to me, and sending it to them. It worked so much that the fear is gone some. I know that people there will not like my work totally, but I think in order to be a writer you have to get over it. You have to not let it get in the way of writing.
The root of fear and negativity sometimes is success. The negative people who throw negativity at your work are probably jealous that they cannot make works of art like that. The reason why we fear something might be because we focus on that to have a reason to stop taking risks. I hope you liked reading this as much as I loved writing it. Go after your dreams and try not to let fear and negativity get in the way. Believe me if I can do it so can you.
Until Next time,
I know that once my writing gets going that I’ll have to deal with criticism and negative comments, but I wont let it get to me. The more you get exposed to it the easier it is to let go especially from people who have no right to comment on it since it was not for them. I write for my fans and readers. That’s it, but there will be people trying to put their opinions down your throat about it. None of it matters like a guy commented on one of my Youtube videos that it was horrible, and another person laughed at one of my articles on my blog that said I have no clue. Another said my article is poorly written, whiny, and that there is no point. You know what? Who cares. I don’t write for them. It really should not ruin your day, or stop you from writing and filming because it’s not worth the effort to let it effect you. I’m getting better at letting go of the idiot customers at work get to me because I got so used to it I was just like okay. Whatever. Move on. I can’t control the fact that the guy was mad we don’t sell individual watch pins, and all we sold was the bands. It’s not my fault since I don’t have control of it. Just like I can only try my best, and if people don’t like it. So what. It’s not going to matter, and the last straw was when an hour of my time was wasted trying to please idiots by editing my work and changing the timeline. Working retail is not for everyone, and if you don’t understand the struggle then don’t comment at all. I’m getting to the point where I don’t have time to worry about trolls and people with no lives. I work and go to school. When I write full time I will enjoy it because it allows me to do the things I love to do. If people don’t like it then too bad because I’m not going to stop for anyone. I have to let the negativity go since it’s not good to hold onto it. Never let it get to you because life is worth living, and letting negative things get to you is not living…
I can’t wait till The Killer Contract Agency comes out at the end of the month!
Until next time,