Having my work published means that I am, at any given time, susceptible to bad reviews. Whether someone thinks my writing it just plain awful, or maybe it is just bad. Either way, it can happen to anyone at any time. It even happens to the “great” authors.
Whilst taking a break from editing Project Oliver (Which is still nameless!), I was scrolling through my Facebook news feed and happened upon a post from Anne Rice, who actively contributes to her fan page (I wish she would post more writing-related things, but that’s beside the point). Now, when I think of Anne Rice, I think of Vampires, Lestat, and how much I enjoyed her book “Interview with the Vampire.” Hopefully I’ll get around to finishing that entire series someday. But of course not everyone feels the same way I do. In fact, Ms. Rice posted this on her fan page today:
Ms. Rice openly posted a 1-star-review of “Interview with the Vampire.” Of course she has already made her career as an author and I’m sure this won’t harm her sales in any way, like it might for a newly-published author. However, I still think this is a bold move for her. She has accepted that everyone gets bad reviews, and she isn’t so arrogant as to think she has to pretend she doesn’t get them and only highlight the good reviews.
I’ve never received a truly “hateful” review, but I know I will receive one at some point. And, yes, I’m more than certain I will be upset about it for a short while. But it’s post like these from Anne that help me to remember that bad reviews are going to happen to everyone, and that I–and all serious writers–need to get past them and get back to writing!
Have you received any bad reviews? How did you deal with them? If you haven’t received any, how do you think you will handle them?