Writer’s life: How to deal with a bad, biased review.
The short and real answer is, you don’t.
If you put out books on a fairly regular basis and you have a decent number of people reading your books, a bad review will happen.
Take, let’s say, 100 people and give them your book-your diamond, the one you’re most proud of because of how much sweat, blood, time, and money (hello, editing and ads) you gave for it. Well, there will be at least one person who’d say that book is crap. Boring. Predictable. Flat characters. Overused setting. You get the gist.
Which is fine.
You as an author must understand that any form of art is subjected to personal taste and experience. Hence someone might hate your book.
Again, is fine. Part of the game and all that.
What is, by any means, NOT fine is when a bad, maybe offensive review is left for no other reason than pushing the reviewer’s agenda.
Many, too many shades of wrong in this palette: there’s the one who writes how horrible the grammar is and then promptly leaves an email to contact her/him because she/he is an editor and can help–1-star review. The one saying the Author is rude because she didn’t reply to a FB comment–1 star. The one who writes she/he didn’t bother to read the book–1 star. I could go on and on, but you get the idea. And btw, all of the above happened to me or some other Author friend.
It doesn’t even stop at books! Once I was reading the reviews for a pair of boots, trying to understand if they were a big or tight fit, and I swear I read: “Boots are fine, but I bought the wrong size–1star”.
Yes. Honest truth, I read that.
Which of course, in a way, it makes you feel better because when it’s your time to get one of those reviews you know it has nothing to do with your book, realy.
I’d rather have someone say I’m a b@#ch–1 star than someone saying my characters felt flat and my story didn’t make sense.
But the truth is, that stupid 1 star (left out of scorn, trying to advertise a business, or for plain stupidity) stays, and it hurts.
Not only our soft, blessed hearts–there’s a cure for that and it’s called Margaritas in a Mexican restaurant with your friends.
It hurts because some good advertisers only accept books with an average of 4stars. Because many potential readers will not take the time to investigate the low review. They see a lower average and move on to another book.
It’s like waterfall effect, only use c#@p instead of water.
Not that there’s much to do for it. Mighty Amazon will cut reviews you had from Book Tours because they are not a Verified Purchase, but try ask them to take down a stupid, maybe even abusive review. Nope, not happening.
I still do it anyway, because it’s really the only weapon we have.
So what I do, and I ask you to do the same, is: whenever you spot such review, being for a book, a bra, or a brand of cheese, mark it as not useful and report it as abuse
And I thank you from the bottom of my heart if you, even just once, try to right these wrongs.
Those keyboard-lions (AKA as#ho##es) need to be fought.
A bit of promo!
His Midnight Sun
by Viviana MacKade
Tormented, fierce, and broken, sculptor Aidan Murphy has judged himself guilty. He yearns for love but pushes everyone away. He longs for acceptance but has lost the key to open his heart. Until he meets Summer Williams. Beautiful and smart, Dr. Williams promises haven for a man who believes he deserves none. All he has to do is let her in and risk his heart and soul.
Summer’s managed to keep her inner light alive, even through tragedy. She’s created a new life for herself and her daughter in Crescent Creek with loving, caring and fun friends–well, except brooding, breathtaking Aidan. She’s used to keeping away from his type, though. All she has to do is ignore the pull of a man who’s turning up to be much more than snarls and storms. Will her compassion and medical instincts let her?
Love can heal a broken soul and shake up a timid heart. Or it can unleash devastation and revenge.
Will Aidan and Summer survive the hurricane?
Release September 15, available for pre-sale
$ 0.99 FREE with KU
Beach bum and country music addicted, Viviana lives in a small Floridian town with her husband and her son, her die-hard fans and personal cheer squad. She spends her days between typing on her beloved keyboard, playing in the pool with her boy, and eating whatever her husband puts on her plate (the guy is that good, and she really loves eating). Besides beaching, she enjoys long walks, horse-riding, hiking, and pretty much whatever she can do outside with her family.
On my website http://www.viviana-mackade.blog/