I’m sure most of you aware there were two spectacular meltdowns in response to one star reviews on Amazon—one by the author herself and another by an author’s friends. There’s no sense in linking to them as 1) so much unattractiveness on a Sunday afternoon and 2) the author in the first case has already deleted her comments from what I hear.
It sucks getting a one star review. Some of them make you roll your eyes or they’re annoying or disappointing and sometimes they really, really hurt—like an ache in the gut and hard to breathe hurt. So what’s an author to do?
(Well, first of all, don’t read your Amazon reviews. But sometimes it’s just too hard to resist.)
Think of your favorite romance, the keeper that you’re on your third, tattered copy of and the one that springs instantly to your mind if you hear Greatest Romance EVAH. Then go read that book’s one star reviews.
Don’t read them with a sense of spite—Haha! Favorite Writer X got one star, too, so nyah nyah!—but rather to regain your sense of perspective.
Somebody out there hated a book you loved. And remember those times when all of the internet is raving about a book you couldn’t bring yourself to finish?
There are going to be people who feel the same way about your books and it doesn’t mean your books suck. It means it didn’t work for those readers, just as some books don’t work for you. Take any useful feedback you can use to grow your writing and lock the rest away.
Do NOT comment.
And stop reading Amazon reviews of your books. You should be writing the next one.