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How NOT To Respond to Bad Reviews


Authors get bad reviews all the time. I've gotten my fair share as well. In hindsight, some I deserved. For some, the reviewer simply misunderstood the work.

And though I may disagree with a review don't ever, ever, ever do this.

I cannot tell you how self destructive this is. As the author rants and raves for what is not actually a bad review (the guy liked the story, but the grammar errors turned him off), not only is she endangering her reputation, but her future as a writer.

I admit. No author likes to have their baby called ugly, but whenever you share your best with the world, there are some people that are going to call your baby ugly.

And sometimes they might even be right.

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stokerbramwell
Mar. 29th, 2011 09:11 am (UTC)
I am in awe.
lexixanatos487
Mar. 29th, 2011 09:35 am (UTC)
Eesh! O.o
rev_marcus
Mar. 29th, 2011 01:29 pm (UTC)
The comments were funny, but after reading the author's comments & her reaction, I seriously doubt that I'ld like her writing style in the book. Plus if I ever read the book, I'ld keep thinking about her telling everyone to "F...Off".
judetherat
Mar. 29th, 2011 03:15 pm (UTC)
Oh my word... wow
eric_hinkle
Mar. 29th, 2011 04:22 pm (UTC)
Yikes. I've been burned by comments on my writing from some folks in the past but I like to think I have more self-control then to rant and rage like that about it.
coruca
Mar. 29th, 2011 10:43 pm (UTC)
This was probably not her goal, but she certainly did cause a lot of people to not want to read her writing. Moral of this story: be nice and others will want to play (and read your stories).
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