On Dealing with a Bad Review

Wanderlust got its first 1-star review today on Goodreads, and … I don’t really care. Seriously, a year ago, even just a few months ago, I would have had to curl up in bed for the rest of the day, drinking my husband’s whiskey, beating myself up for writing the world’s worst book and wondering how a total stranger could be so cruel. Today, I thought, “Oh, well,” and wrote another chapter of my next book.

Secrets (so far) to withstanding sucky reviews:

1. Write a good book. If you have real faith in your book, the opinions of random strangers won’t mean all that much.

2. Find the right audience. Before it launched, I sent review copies to dozens of bloggers who *like* sappy contemporary romances. I got about 20 reviews, most of them very positive. This gave me the confidence that there’s an audience out there who will love it.

3. Think about the things you don’t like that other people do. I don’t like steak, sushi, or pepperoni pizza, but plenty of people do. That’s cool. There’s no moral value here, just different tastes. We can still be friends.

4. View the review as a rite of passage. Any worthwhile author gets crappy reviews from time to time. The Great Gatsby has 239 one-star reviews on Amazon. Watch out, F. Scott. I’m right behind you.

How about you? Any tips on getting past bad reviews, rejection, or criticism?

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