Everyone Is Not Going to Like Your Story
There's a discussion over on the Dear Author blog about yet another romance epublisher having problems (Highland Press). At the end of that particular post, Jane says:
As a reader, I am far more disturbed about the last item which appears that MacGillivray is using her position to game the Amazon review system. I’m sure that there are dozens of authors who would like negative reviews to be removed. Other fans and authors find this practice disturbing as well.Amen!
When you or I write a book, it's expected that not everyone is going to fall in love with it (at least, not as much as the writer has). This follows through from agent to publisher. It's just something an author has to live with: Some people are going to love your book, some are going to be lukewarm about it, others are going to hate it.
To do this writing thing, you have to have a thick skin, or you'll end up in therapy for quite some time.
Bad Reviews Removed
So a romance author/illustrator has her groupies (or whatever you wish to call them) go around on Amazon "reporting abuse" on all the negative reviews on her books.
Shame on her.
Look, I understand wanting to get paid. I understand you have bills to pay, mortgages and whatnot. Believe me, I've got oodles of friggin' credit card debt.
But negative reviews = not getting paid? Didja ever consider that maybe your published book might - just might - be a craptacular book to a certain portion of the reading public?
I'm sorry, but having minions abuse the system is just low.
Live with the bad reviews. LIVE WITH THE DAMNED BAD REVIEWS!
Bestselling authors have to deal with it, so why can't you?
- Gain a thick skin.
- Write another book.
- Stop having other people - and stop yourself! - from removing bad reviews.
- Write another book