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As an author, how do you deal with negative reviews?

Updated on July 16, 2012

Whose Opinion Counts

 To present a book to the world open for public scrutiny one has to be brave.  I am sure that most authors would love it if everyone who read their book loved their book and bought a copy, I know I would.  Now it is time for reality.  The facts are not everyone is going to like you book, for whatever reason they may present. 

Negative feedback may be taken in different way.  First, if the person given the feed back is successful in the art there response my be sincere constructive criticism.  They may find some deficiencies in the work, that may need rethinking.  If it is of that nature, then the feed back should be appreciated and the suggestions should be utilized if the author agrees with the analysis of their work. 

I am obligated to mention that it also depends on the type of literature being presented.  If the written preparation is supposed to have facts and figures and come to some conclusion then, that information needs to be there and accurate, end of story.  The negative feedback should not have much sentimental feed back, it should be clear and direct.

The second type of negative feed back is of the personal nature.  That means that some one has read the document and they do not like it because it does not touch their heart.  Well, the way I deal with that is hey, that is too bad.  I write because I love to write and I love to share information with people.  I truly want to enrich the lives of others.  Therefore if some one does not find my writing a pleasure to read, that is too bad.  I cannot do anything about how other people feel about my writing.  They may not like the topics I choose, they may find other reasons for negative feed back.  Once I say their reason is not valid, that is it and I move on with the next thing that I plan on doing.

The author must know what they want out of their writing career.  The author must not let negative feed back deter them from the pursuit of their dream of writing.  The author must love their work for the whole world so if the whole world rejects it, that is fine, that written piece was produced by some one who took the time and the thought to do their best.  The author should have no regrets.  The best at any given time is all a person can do, and they should be proud of the effort. 

Let the negative review be the fuel that will make the fire burn brighter and focre the author to look deeper inside and find the strength to pull out the real master piece that live in every one.  The negative review must not shake the author, nor should too good a review lead the author to believe that they cannot do better. 

When I think about a negative review, it is like some one telling me they do not like the close I wear.  I usually just laugh because I know that it is not my clothing that is going to be there to help you, it is the person inside the clothing. 

The conclusion is that the author has the courage to put a portion of themselves in the general public.  The author should know that not everyone will respect their work for what ever reason.  It is the duty of the author to present their work as the greatest thing on Earth.

Thank you for your time.Δ


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      Rodric Johnson 5 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      This really is an encouraging article because I have been feeling down about my self-published books not doing well at all. At first I was giddy that I actually had a published book. Now that I have two and not one is buying I needed to read this hub. Thanks. I have several projects to finish!

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      kimgoff1 8 years ago from Spring Grove, PA

      I appreciated your article, thanks for the inspiration

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      Kelly W. Patterson 8 years ago from Las Vegas, NV.

      That was horrible.


      Very sound advice. You have to have thick skin and a strong belief in yourself to make your living in the arts. Good luck with your writing.