- Created on Tuesday, 24 March 2015 14:30
Bad reviews are a part of the business. What do you do with a bad review? To start with, don’t take it personal or get offended. There is no use talking to the reviewer; she/he gave their opinion; that’s what you asked for. You can edit out the bad, but I generally publish the good and the bad.
I never ask a reviewer to remove or edit an unfavorable comment; I strongly suspect they would refuse anyway. However, one person who reviewed Dead Angles put in several spoilers. When I first published it, I edited out the spoilers. Ultimately, I approached the reviewer about them and she cleaned them up. The full review is now linked on the Dead Angles section of this website under the SPR banner.
I sometimes edit a review for space, but what I edit out are parts where the reviewer gives a summary of the plot, which is not needed on my website.
I got a bad review for Spirit Fire. I realized the review was right. I pulled it off the market and did a complete rewrite.
I got a bad review for Dead Angels. Absolutely everything about it was the worst he had ever read. I occasionally think about publishing it so people can see what’s out there, but really, it’s a waste of space.
I have a review for my new book, Robyn, which is mostly bad, but I will publish it as soon as the book is released. The reviewer decided that, as a man and a person who hasn’t suffered the same trauma, I am not qualified to write this story. I am a fiction writer. I write about Neandertals and serial killers; and, oh by the way, Stephen King wrote a great book about the emotions and physical pain of a woman victim of spousal abuse, Rose Madder. After spending most of his review explaining why I’m not qualified, the reviewer says I did a good job and gives me four stars. He also says the book is not “overly graphic” and then complains that it’s graphic. When you put yourself out there, not everyone is going to like it.
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