What I learned from my worst review
(this post is based on the Marketing for Romance Writers 52 Week Challenge)
Dudes. I have one published novel. You didn't think I was actually going to call out a particular review, did you? That way lies madness and possibly career suicide.
Here's what I know that I didn't know five months ago.
Don't. Read. Reviews.
Especially don't read early reviews. Good or bad, they will do nothing for your mental health. Nada.
Also don't respond to reviews, even those that totally missed the boat on what you were trying to convey. You don't know that reviewer. By putting a book out there, you are inviting people to read your book, but also you are inviting criticism. That's how it works.
So yeah. Stay away. No good can come, really, from reading reviews. If you must, get a trusted friend to vet them and send you the good ones. And recognize that you can't please everyone. What you think is earnest and heartfelt, may be silly or bitchy to someone else. Write your book truth, then go write another one.
Step away from the reviews.