I haven’t had too many yet, but as an indie author they are inevitable. Actually, I’m pretty sure there isn’t a bestselling author out there who has escaped scathing reviews now and then. So I decided to compose a short letter to let my true feelings known.
To all the negative reviewers out there (you know who you are), I’d just like to say. . .
Bet you weren’t expecting that, were you? But I assure you, it is truly heartfelt.
What I love most about humanity is that fact that we are all unique individuals. We all come from different backgrounds, regions, education, and therefore we all have different likes and dislikes. We don’t all enjoy the same genres of books, movies, and music. You and I might both like The Big Bang Theory, but you my loathe Queen, my favorite band. We may even have several dislikes within genres. You may prefer space operas , but hate post-apocalyptic science fiction. That’s okay.
The world is better for having such differences in opinion. If we all enjoyed the same things the world would be a monotonous dystopian nightmare. And I would not wish that for anybody, regardless of how many good or bad reviews might come my way.
Sure, negative reviews hurt. They seem to have this bone-crushing effect on our egos and quickly diminish any high we might feel from our last five-star review. For some reason one poor review can negate dozens of good ones in the blink of an eye. For authors such as myself, we have to just swallow it whole, pushing it to the deepest recesses of our minds where it will quietly bury itself under piles of useless information. Then, we move on.
So, I really mean it. Thank you for reading my book, even if you hated it. Thank you for the constructive criticism. Even if your criticism was less than constructive, the fact that you took the time to read my book means a lot to me and deserves my gratitude.