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Dealing with Rejection and Negative Feedback as an Author

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One of the toughest things about being an author is dealing with negative feedback. Mostly, these come in the form of the dreaded one-star reviews, but however they end up in your life, it’s crucial you learn how to deal with them.

And it’s tough. You’ve just bared your soul to the public, and now some anonymous stranger can rip you to shreds in thirty seconds.

The good news is, everyone gets bad reviews. Everyone will get the occasional damning email (I was once accused of being a sociopath by someone I’ve never met – that was a fun day).

So, you’re not alone. Dealing with rejection, negative comments, and bad reviews is an essential skill. At first, you’ll take everything personally. One bad review will negate dozens of great ones. It’ll make you doubt yourself. It might even make you want to give up.

But, like any other skill, dealing with bad reviews, criticism, and negative feedback can be taught and it can be learned. And, eventually, you’ll see how it can actually help you become a better writer.

Today, we’re hearing from Thomas Behr with three actionable tips you can use to arm yourself against that unavoidable downside of being an author.

Enjoy…

Dealing with Rejection and Negative Feedback as a Writer

By Thomas Behr, Ph.D.

Author of The Tao of Sales: The Easy Way to Sell in Tough Tones, Blood Brothers: Courage and Treachery on the Shores of Tripoli, The Life and Times of Miller Bugliari (America’s Most Successful H.S. Soccer Coach), and The Most Bold and Daring Act of the Age.

Here’s the good news:

The continuously expanding, evolving market of self-publishing, combined with the emergence of easily-accessible expert resources like “Your First 10,000 Readers,” has dramatically and irrevocably changed the book business.

A world of people who only dreamed of becoming authors can now get published.

What’s the bad news? If you want to become a published author, you’re going to have to learn to live with rejection and negative feedback. And that’s especially true if your goal is to use your writing to launch a profitable, growing, and sustainable business. If you’re selling, rejection comes with the territory.

In this article I’ll share 3 critical skills about how to deal with inevitable rejection and negative feedback.

 

 

Let’s Face It:

Negative feedback and rejection hurts. It’s not “just business.” Criticism is personal. Deeply personal. It’s like someone looks at your kid and says, “Wow! What an ugly, badly-behaved child! It must be terribly embarrassing to take him out in public!”

I ran my own very successful sales, marketing, and leadership consulting practice for 35 years. Our clients included Fortune 500 global corporations and small entrepreneurial companies at all stages of the business enterprise life cycle. That’s decades of pitches and sales calls.

I can’t imagine trying to count up the number of times potential clients said “No thanks” – if they bothered to respond at all.

I’ve published four well-reviewed books to date – two conventionally published, two self-published –am finishing my fifth and planning my sixth. My first book, published in 1997, The Tao of Sales, was rejected by over 30 literary agents before it finally got picked up and sold to Penguin Books. One of the first Amazon reader reviewers gave the book a single star and wrote: “Another variation on the same old theme. Has this man ever spoken to a customer?”

“The rejection slip is very hard to take on an empty stomach and there are times when I would sit at that old wooden table and read one of those cold slips that had been attached to a story I had loved and worked on very hard and believed in, and I couldn’t help crying.” Ernest Hemingway

So how do you build the inner strength to need as a published author/entrepreneur?

 

 

1. Don’t run from rejection or pretend you don’t care. Embrace it.

It’s counterintuitive — or just plain weird — to embrace what you fear. It’s also essential. “Fear” is the subconscious mind’s underhanded trick to keep us from exposing ourselves to emotional hurt. It shows up in our conscious minds as “reasonable” excuses to procrastinate, to spend time on safer, non-essential “busy work” (“I’m really busy today; I’ll get back to writing tomorrow”), to defer tough decisions (“I need to think more about this”), and especially, to give up (“Maybe I’m just not cut out to be a writer”).

The best alternative to fear is disciplined work. “OK. I’m feeling a little frustrated and unloved right now. But my job today is to write another 1,000 words.”

When it comes to discipline, there’s no need to re-invent the wheel. There are lots of good strategies available on lIne–for example, right here on this blog.

Sometimes, subconscious fear works really hard to keep us from stepping outside our comfort zone. If this is an issue for you, Daniel Goleman’s Emotional Intelligence still provides the best complex answer for mastering irrational fear. For simpler, easier, and very helpful insights, Cody Smith has a new book coming out shortly, Getting COMFY: Your Morning Guide to Daily Happiness. Look for it when it comes out. For a deeper dive, try The Principle of Onness, by Russell Gibbs.

Bottom line: Writing is like running a marathon. You know before you start that you will run into pain. You will hit the wall. But you keep running anyway.

 

 

2. Never stop working to become a better writer.

The antidote to rejection is approval. But real approval has to be earned. If your writing is amateurishly sloppy, disorganized, self-indulgent, or just plain trivial, people aren’t going to like it. If they comment at all on your writing–if they even read your book — they’ll let you know they don’t like it.

There’s a huge payoff to developing the skills of a good writer: more readers, more sales, accelerated business growth, and increased self-confidence. The self-confidence that comes from becoming a competent writer is your best defense against the fear of rejection.

Becoming the best writer you can be is a lifelong commitment towards a goal you’ll never reach. Writing is both a craft and an art. My favorite resource on writing tips is Donald Maass: http://maassagency.com/books-on-writing/ and also the free tips over at the blog of NY Book Editors.

Also, if you’re writing genre fiction, like Nick does, his approach and guidelines are as good as you’ll ever need. Follow their recommendations. Here are mine:

Learn how to write concise declarative sentences. Write what you know about ( and keep learning so you always have more to write about). Write what you care passionately about. Keep it conversational and simple. Keep it honest: a writer’s job is to communicate his or her truth. Write with a flowing pen; edit with a scalpel.

No matter what kind of book you write, plan it out before you start writing. The sources I’ve listed above lay out ways to do that.

Start with yourself. Before you write each day, edit what you’ve done previously–at least the past two to three day’s work. Every week, I run each manuscript I’m working on through the free version of Grammerly.com. Every two weeks I go back to the beginning with fresh eyes, read word by word, and tighten, tighten, tighten.

Invest money in a good editor. The longer you work on a book, the more blind you will become to its flaws.

Assemble a small team of beta readers. They should be people you trust. Empower them to be explicitly, relentlessly truthful. But wait to engage beta readers until you have written something worth the effort and love you expect from them.

Join and contribute to networks of writers. Your network can include experts in related fields. If you go that route, remember that being a valued member of a community is all about sharing. Give more to the people whose support you seek — that has value to them — than you ask for in return. Always.

 

 

3. Treat feedback as feedback, not personal criticism

Some of us are born and grow up with a strong sense of self-confidence; others with more destructive self-doubt and subconscious fear. Wherever you are is where you start. But confidence is a learnable skill. How do you know you need to get tough with your own lack of self-confidence? When you get angry — or discouraged — about negative feedback. “How can they say that about me?” That’s the wrong question.

Do you have a little voice inside you that whispers, “I want people to like me?” That thought, by itself, is poison to a writer.

Replace it with “I want to create as much value for readers as possible.” Shift the focus from yourself to your readers.

Feedback is a statement by one person about your writing; it’s not a character assessment of you unless you make it that. Use the feedback you think helpful; discard the feedback that isn’t helpful. Key question: not “What did he or she say about my writing?” but “How can I use this insight to make myself a better writer?”

And notice the really cool paradox. The more skill you develop and the better writer you become, the easier it is to ask “What can I change to make this even better writing?”

Some people just won’t respond to what you write. Some people are just “haters.” That’s OK. That’s who they are; not who you are. Remember the wisdom of Dr. Seuss: “The people who mind (who you are and what you do) don’t matter. The people who matter don’t mind.”

Tom Behr is the Author of The Tao of Sales: The Easy Way to Sell in Tough Tones, Blood Brothers: Courage and Treachery on the Shores of Tripoli, The Life and Times of Miller Bugliari (America’s Most Successful H.S. Soccer Coach), and The Most Bold and Daring Act of the Age. Find out more here.

 

 

 

And now we want to hear from you: Have you ever had to deal with rejection? Do you have any tips for getting past it? Leave a comment!

 

 

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Christine Brooks

Great post. In fact, the one I’ve enjoyed most so far. I’m away from my laptop right now, but I’ll be following up on those recommend resources

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Christine Brooks

Great post. In fact, the one I’ve enjoyed most so far. I’m away from my laptop right now, but I’ll be following up on those recommend resources

Walt Socha
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Walt Socha

I got my first “one star” a couple months ago.

I decided to think that this person did me a great favor. In this one star reveiw, the reader said my book was good, but that she didn’t like the language my ex-military secondary character uses.

I couldn’t buy this kind of advertising!

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Walt Socha

I got my first “one star” a couple months ago.

I decided to think that this person did me a great favor. In this one star reveiw, the reader said my book was good, but that she didn’t like the language my ex-military secondary character uses.

I couldn’t buy this kind of advertising!

Kate Findley
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Kate Findley

Totally! Many 1-star reviews can actually be reframed as positive reviews.

Venessa Knizley
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Venessa Knizley

I usually only check amazon for reviews, but the other day, I went over to goodreads and found that I had a one star review. It was because I used a swear word in the prologue…or rather, my character did, lol. I understand though. I write Christian fiction and this took her off guard. She said she’d been looking forward to the book but she read books to escape the garbage of the world not to get into it. I completely get that. So, I took a deep breath, and reminded myself that my book was a coming of age… Read more »

Chad V. Holtkamp
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Chad V. Holtkamp

I don’t reply to reviews, so I just let them go, good or bad. I’ve had some head-scratchers over the years when it comes to one-star reviews. Most were from people who didn’t bother to read the book and only skimmed it. One was so out-there, though, that I wasn’t sure if the review was even about my book. It didn’t make any sense. One was particularly cruel, but it was a two-star review. “Continuing to eat like he does will lead to a death at an age similar to his mothers.” Really, you had the gall to go there?… Read more »

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Chad V. Holtkamp

I don’t reply to reviews, so I just let them go, good or bad. I’ve had some head-scratchers over the years when it comes to one-star reviews. Most were from people who didn’t bother to read the book and only skimmed it. One was so out-there, though, that I wasn’t sure if the review was even about my book. It didn’t make any sense. One was particularly cruel, but it was a two-star review. “Continuing to eat like he does will lead to a death at an age similar to his mothers.” Really, you had the gall to go there?… Read more »

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Philippe M

I had my first one star review a month ago. It is saying everything I do, story, style, dialogues, characters is crap. I had a real hard time dealing with this. I managed to get over it, but only because four and five stars reviews are the majority of what I get (so far)… I still hurts when I think of it. 🙁

Charlsie Russell
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Charlsie Russell

Now that sounds like what I call a “boiler-plate” review where some review “troll” trashes each writing skill: plot, characterization, pacing, editing, etc. without any explanation to support his/her negative feedback. I’ve had those and it’s so obvious what the individual has done, just by the tactics used in the attack. Why this being does that? Who knows, but I imagine he/she makes a habit of it. Ignore it.

Philippe M
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Philippe M

Thanks. You are right, ignore it is the only thing to do. I cannot even make something of it anyway: I wrote action/adventure sci fi and that reader also complained because my main character (a woman) is capable of piloting a spaceship on her own…

Philippe M
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Philippe M

I had my first one star review a month ago. It is saying everything I do, story, style, dialogues, characters is crap. I had a real hard time dealing with this. I managed to get over it, but only because four and five stars reviews are the majority of what I get (so far)… I still hurts when I think of it. 🙁

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Most people liked the free Christmas Quiz Book I wrote under a pen name. After all, it was – well – free. And Christmasy. And not meant to be taken seriously. One person took it very seriously, and didn’t like it. My first ever one star review. It hurt.

Louise
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Louise

Most people liked the free Christmas Quiz Book I wrote under a pen name. After all, it was – well – free. And Christmasy. And not meant to be taken seriously. One person took it very seriously, and didn’t like it. My first ever one star review. It hurt.

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Sophie

I write steamy sci-fi (not the short, quick kind, but the long, fully-developed world kind). I was accused of writing bad “alien porn”. Once I got over the shock, I actually used that phrase, along with a wink, in my advertising, and people loved it!

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Sophie

I write steamy sci-fi (not the short, quick kind, but the long, fully-developed world kind). I was accused of writing bad “alien porn”. Once I got over the shock, I actually used that phrase, along with a wink, in my advertising, and people loved it!

Ken Haedrich
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Ken Haedrich

Nice job, Tom, and thanks Nick for posting this. Rejection can come from several directions, from both readers and editors. From within, too. Of course you need solid writing skills; that’s a given. Beyond that, a good editor can often save you from yourself. No matter the source, I always take it personally, for about half a day, then I put on my big boy boxers and try to process the criticism/rejection with an open mind. It’s worked pretty well for the last 30 years, 15 books and hundreds of magazine articles.

Ken Haedrich
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Ken Haedrich

Nice job, Tom, and thanks Nick for posting this. Rejection can come from several directions, from both readers and editors. From within, too. Of course you need solid writing skills; that’s a given. Beyond that, a good editor can often save you from yourself. No matter the source, I always take it personally, for about half a day, then I put on my big boy boxers and try to process the criticism/rejection with an open mind. It’s worked pretty well for the last 30 years, 15 books and hundreds of magazine articles.

Douglas D Kelly
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Douglas D Kelly

‘At least some of you have had a review, and that’s better than not having one at all. I’ve had my book on Amazon for more than a year with not one sale and not one review. It’s as if my book was invisible or not there. Wierd. I wonder if I need a new title and cover design. Other than that, I cannot imagine why I’ve had no activity. My book is non-fiction, about marketing. I’ve been deeply involved in marketing for more than 35 years, had my own successful AAAA advertising agency. I know so much about marketing… Read more »

Nick Stephenson
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Nick Stephenson

Douglas – email me, I’ll see what I can do to help. If nothing else, I’ll lend an objective ear.

PS – your quest is to find my actual email address. Twitter, FB, and blog comments don’t count. Put the subject line as “nick said this should go to him” just in case you end up in my support queue.

(PPS – this is what we have to go through to avoid spam, come find me).

Venessa Knizley
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Venessa Knizley

That was super kind of you 🙂
I know it’s part of what you do…but it’s still great to see. God bless you and your business.

Douglas D Kelly
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Douglas D Kelly

‘At least some of you have had a review, and that’s better than not having one at all. I’ve had my book on Amazon for more than a year with not one sale and not one review. It’s as if my book was invisible or not there. Wierd. I wonder if I need a new title and cover design. Other than that, I cannot imagine why I’ve had no activity. My book is non-fiction, about marketing. I’ve been deeply involved in marketing for more than 35 years, had my own successful AAAA advertising agency. I know so much about marketing… Read more »

Dana Lyons
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Dana Lyons

I’m Dana Lyons, my first romance book did fairly well but there was this one savaging review. It broke my heart. I ended up contacting the reader and actually paid her back for the book. I know. Newbie mistake. She never took down the review, and tried to tell me how to write even though she was unpublished. I learned. I learned you turn your back on those reviews, and you walk away and you write your next book.

Nick Stephenson
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Nick Stephenson

Dana – I actually LOVE that response. Generally, I stick to the rule “don’t reply to reviews”. But there’s a difference between “replying” and “making a difference”. Circumstances play a huge role here, but I love what you did. Good on you.

Dana Lyons
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Dana Lyons

I’m Dana Lyons, my first romance book did fairly well but there was this one savaging review. It broke my heart. I ended up contacting the reader and actually paid her back for the book. I know. Newbie mistake. She never took down the review, and tried to tell me how to write even though she was unpublished. I learned. I learned you turn your back on those reviews, and you walk away and you write your next book.

Barbara
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Barbara

As has been said, rejection is part of being a writer. Not everyone will like what you have written. I was rejected by upwards of ten publishers for various works I had written. They all said the same thing. I love your characters, they are vibrant and interesting but the story isn’t the type we are looking for at this time. Okay. I got it. I’m not a clone of the biker gang stories, or the typical romance novel. My bikers were ordinary people who happened to ride a motorcycle. My romance books actually had a plot other than the… Read more »

Barbara
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Barbara

As has been said, rejection is part of being a writer. Not everyone will like what you have written. I was rejected by upwards of ten publishers for various works I had written. They all said the same thing. I love your characters, they are vibrant and interesting but the story isn’t the type we are looking for at this time. Okay. I got it. I’m not a clone of the biker gang stories, or the typical romance novel. My bikers were ordinary people who happened to ride a motorcycle. My romance books actually had a plot other than the… Read more »

Angelina
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Angelina

Thank you for a great article. I’ve had the honour of receiving two one star reviews for my first novel. The first was left by a gentleman who changed his review nearly daily for several months though the one star remained. His words were vicious and it was a thoroughly horrible experience. I became genuinely afraid, wondering who could possibly hate me that much. But when he wrote: “if you liked fifty shades of grey, you’ll love this,” I could have kissed him. Sadly, he continued to change his review, so unfortunately, I lost that gem. The other one star… Read more »

Angelina
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Angelina

Thank you for a great article. I’ve had the honour of receiving two one star reviews for my first novel. The first was left by a gentleman who changed his review nearly daily for several months though the one star remained. His words were vicious and it was a thoroughly horrible experience. I became genuinely afraid, wondering who could possibly hate me that much. But when he wrote: “if you liked fifty shades of grey, you’ll love this,” I could have kissed him. Sadly, he continued to change his review, so unfortunately, I lost that gem. The other one star… Read more »

Julie
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Julie

Angelina. That is very bizarre from your one star reviewer. I wonder what made him stop?

Nick Stephenson
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Nick Stephenson

Oh man… here’s just a soupcon of my bad reviews: https://www.amazon.com/Wanted-Private-Investigator-Suspense-Thrillers-ebook/product-reviews/B00FYW9VHC/ref=cm_cr_dp_d_hist_1?ie=UTF8&filterByStar=one_star&reviewerType=all_reviews#reviews-filter-bar

Featured: In edits, I was told I should refer to an “oyster card” as a “prepaid tube card” (it’s a card that lets you travel the underground in London). Actual reviews = “why doesn’t he just call it an Oyster Card?”

Can’t Win.

Don’t Try.

Write from your heart 😀

IreAnne
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IreAnne

This article is perfect timing for me. I’m getting ready to publish my first book and I have to say I’m a little terrified at what the reviews might show, but at the same time I realize that every author starts somewhere and first book writing improves over time with each new release. Here’s hoping there aren’t too many 1 star reviews. I think I’ve decided I won’t look to intensely on them and I will try REALLY hard not to respond because I know my gut reaction will be to respond.

Venessa Knizley
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Venessa Knizley

I thought for a second about responding to my one star review on Goodreads, but there was this little message bubble at the bottom that said, we really, really (really!) advice against responding to these reviews. Then it gave me advice how to handle it. It made me laugh and helped me to rethink that one second urge to respond and apologize for offending that one person. I guess, it’s a no-no! I hope your book rocks!

IreAnne
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IreAnne

This article is perfect timing for me. I’m getting ready to publish my first book and I have to say I’m a little terrified at what the reviews might show, but at the same time I realize that every author starts somewhere and first book writing improves over time with each new release. Here’s hoping there aren’t too many 1 star reviews. I think I’ve decided I won’t look to intensely on them and I will try REALLY hard not to respond because I know my gut reaction will be to respond.

Douglas Phillips
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Douglas Phillips

1-star. Dumbest article I’ve ever read. This guy knows nothing about writing.
(just kidding!!)
In reality, you provide exactly the pep talk I need. Thanks. I’m about to self-publish my second book. The first was happily successful, and 20K readers later I feel like I have an audience. But the second book terrifies me. Those readers now have expectations – gads! How does anyone meet them? I’m doomed.

Douglas Phillips
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Douglas Phillips

1-star. Dumbest article I’ve ever read. This guy knows nothing about writing.
(just kidding!!)
In reality, you provide exactly the pep talk I need. Thanks. I’m about to self-publish my second book. The first was happily successful, and 20K readers later I feel like I have an audience. But the second book terrifies me. Those readers now have expectations – gads! How does anyone meet them? I’m doomed.

Kate Findley
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Kate Findley

I’d be lying if I said bad reviews didn’t sting, but one 1-star review said essentially the same thing that a 5-star review said, describing my book as “very strange”–which was my intention all along! It just goes to show, different strokes for different folks. I do tailor the book description to fans of “unconventional horror,” but I should probably take it a step farther and say “NOT for fans of conventional horror.” In the end, I’d rather polarize people than have a bunch of lukewarm reviews.

Kate Findley
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Kate Findley

I’d be lying if I said bad reviews didn’t sting, but one 1-star review said essentially the same thing that a 5-star review said, describing my book as “very strange”–which was my intention all along! It just goes to show, different strokes for different folks. I do tailor the book description to fans of “unconventional horror,” but I should probably take it a step farther and say “NOT for fans of conventional horror.” In the end, I’d rather polarize people than have a bunch of lukewarm reviews.

W. M. Raebeck
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W. M. Raebeck

Thanks for this. I really like blogs that address any type of writer hurdle. I’ve got 4 books out now, with 43 x 5-star reviews and 2 x 4-star reviews. That’s all, and sounds okay I guess, though not many reviews for 4 books…. But I think back to when I was starting out and how elated I would’ve been to get good ratings. However, I’ve also heard that Amazon is suspicious of only high-star reviews (did you pay someone?), and also that when strangers review your books, you’re generally going to get lower marks. In other words, your friends… Read more »

W. M. Raebeck
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W. M. Raebeck

Thanks for this. I really like blogs that address any type of writer hurdle. I’ve got 4 books out now, with 43 x 5-star reviews and 2 x 4-star reviews. That’s all, and sounds okay I guess, though not many reviews for 4 books…. But I think back to when I was starting out and how elated I would’ve been to get good ratings. However, I’ve also heard that Amazon is suspicious of only high-star reviews (did you pay someone?), and also that when strangers review your books, you’re generally going to get lower marks. In other words, your friends… Read more »

Laura
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Laura

Thanks for the advice, Tom. This article was exactly what I needed right now. I was almost like Douglas: book available for almost five months and only 5 copies sold, but when I changed the book price to free I saw some results. Anyway, before that I gave away some samples of my book and yesterday one of the readers who got my book from this giveaway sent me an email saying that my book was full of typos and that she will give it a bad review. That would be my first review and a bad one! I ran… Read more »

Laura
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Laura

Thanks for the advice, Tom. This article was exactly what I needed right now. I was almost like Douglas: book available for almost five months and only 5 copies sold, but when I changed the book price to free I saw some results. Anyway, before that I gave away some samples of my book and yesterday one of the readers who got my book from this giveaway sent me an email saying that my book was full of typos and that she will give it a bad review. That would be my first review and a bad one! I ran… Read more »

Linda
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Linda

I’m about to self-publish. I’ve held back for a specific reason, partly to do with ‘friendly reviews’ – the ones where you invite people to comment, because you’re a total newbie and are worrying your writing isn’t ‘good enough’…. I have a series of 3 books about a gentleman in Uganda and the ‘work’ he does for children. His comment – ‘it’s as if you’ve known me for years and been at my side’. Review – your character isn’t believable; no-one could do what you say he’s done. Review – the story line isn’t realistic. Someone would stand in and… Read more »

Linda
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Linda

I’m about to self-publish. I’ve held back for a specific reason, partly to do with ‘friendly reviews’ – the ones where you invite people to comment, because you’re a total newbie and are worrying your writing isn’t ‘good enough’…. I have a series of 3 books about a gentleman in Uganda and the ‘work’ he does for children. His comment – ‘it’s as if you’ve known me for years and been at my side’. Review – your character isn’t believable; no-one could do what you say he’s done. Review – the story line isn’t realistic. Someone would stand in and… Read more »

Helen Wilkie
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Helen Wilkie

Here’s a comment from the other side of the picture. I recently read a novel in a well-loved series by an author who died a couple of years ago. This one was finished by a well established author who writes great books under her own name. But this one was terrible. I hated it, hated the way she treated the characters I loved, hated that she got the voice wrong, didn’t even like the story. I was so tempted to write a scathing one-star review, but then I put on my author’s hat and thought about how I would feel… Read more »

Helen Wilkie
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Helen Wilkie

Here’s a comment from the other side of the picture. I recently read a novel in a well-loved series by an author who died a couple of years ago. This one was finished by a well established author who writes great books under her own name. But this one was terrible. I hated it, hated the way she treated the characters I loved, hated that she got the voice wrong, didn’t even like the story. I was so tempted to write a scathing one-star review, but then I put on my author’s hat and thought about how I would feel… Read more »

Kate Findley
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Kate Findley

Helen–Yes, I’ve done the same thing! Scathing reviews can be fun to write, but then I ask myself, who do they benefit besides me? Sure, I guess these reviews save readers time and money by telling them to stay away from that book, but there’s no need to be mean-spirited about it.

Keith D Guernsey
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Keith D Guernsey

Would love your opinion on this;

Thanks, Keith

Keith D Guernsey
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Keith D Guernsey

Would love your opinion on this;

Thanks, Keith

Corinne Asch
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Corinne Asch

I write non-fiction occupational books. One of my books is on microblading the eyebrows, which is a form of permanent makeup.
One reviewer told me I was disgusting for writing a book where a hands-on class was necessary. She told me I was irresponsible and disgusting.
I responded by saying that according to her logic, we should eliminate all medical books.

Corinne Asch
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Corinne Asch

I write non-fiction occupational books. One of my books is on microblading the eyebrows, which is a form of permanent makeup.
One reviewer told me I was disgusting for writing a book where a hands-on class was necessary. She told me I was irresponsible and disgusting.
I responded by saying that according to her logic, we should eliminate all medical books.

Buddy Thornton
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Buddy Thornton

A very successful sales friend of mine once told me, “No is the beginning of every successful sales call. You are selling to those who say ‘No’ and delivering to the low-lying fruit that bought instantly.” His advice was to enjoy the low-lying easy targets but not think of them as work.
Writing is the same thing. You write to accomplish the target task and to give value where there was none before. Some people won’t embrace your vision, so absorb the reason why and adapt or move on. Either way, you keep moving.

Buddy Thornton
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Buddy Thornton

A very successful sales friend of mine once told me, “No is the beginning of every successful sales call. You are selling to those who say ‘No’ and delivering to the low-lying fruit that bought instantly.” His advice was to enjoy the low-lying easy targets but not think of them as work.
Writing is the same thing. You write to accomplish the target task and to give value where there was none before. Some people won’t embrace your vision, so absorb the reason why and adapt or move on. Either way, you keep moving.

Nichelle Rae
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Nichelle Rae

I got a 2 star review from a woman who went on a rant about my cliffhanger ending of the 2nd book in my series. That was literally her issue. I got a whole paragraph about it. At first it stung, until a thought occurred to me, which was, “Well…I must have done SOMETHING right to get her to read to the end of my SECOND book.” 🙂 So that helped a lot in getting over it. And the first book in that series is a fat one. 🙂

Nichelle Rae
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Nichelle Rae

I got a 2 star review from a woman who went on a rant about my cliffhanger ending of the 2nd book in my series. That was literally her issue. I got a whole paragraph about it. At first it stung, until a thought occurred to me, which was, “Well…I must have done SOMETHING right to get her to read to the end of my SECOND book.” 🙂 So that helped a lot in getting over it. And the first book in that series is a fat one. 🙂

David P Perlmutter
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David P Perlmutter

I received a fantastic 1* for my book to movie BESTSELLER #WrongPlaceWrongTime about my nightmare trip to #Marbella, it read…
“I was expecting a Hemingway travel log and what I got was Austin Powers on holiday.”

David P Perlmutter
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David P Perlmutter

I received a fantastic 1* for my book to movie BESTSELLER #WrongPlaceWrongTime about my nightmare trip to #Marbella, it read…
“I was expecting a Hemingway travel log and what I got was Austin Powers on holiday.”

Keith D Guernsey
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Keith D Guernsey

I feel very fortunate to have never had less than a 4 star review.
Keith
https://amzn.com/153338763X

Keith D Guernsey
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Keith D Guernsey

I feel very fortunate to have never had less than a 4 star review.
Keith
https://amzn.com/153338763X

Tracy Krauss
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Tracy Krauss

I got a couple of one star reviews for a novella that said they liked the book but it was too short. DUH! It said right in the product description it was a novella!

Tracy Krauss
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Tracy Krauss

I got a couple of one star reviews for a novella that said they liked the book but it was too short. DUH! It said right in the product description it was a novella!

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