At first I'm a little sad (okay a lot sad) because I want everyone to love my book. My second reaction is always more personal. I find some reason to be annoyed with the reviewer (and we're talking professional reviewers here). They didn't email me before they posted the review. They mispelled something or used bad grammar or their review didn't make sense. It doesn't really matter what it is because, let's face it, none of those things would annoy me if they'd written a glowing review. My third reaction is to question myself. Maybe the critics are right. Maybe the book should be burned and banned and (even worse) ignored. How could I have ever had enough hubris to agree to put my work out into the public domain?
It usually takes me a few days to recover from a bad review. Maybe, with practice, by next year I'll have the whole thing whittled down to a day or even a couple of hours! The funny thing is that, as with everything in life, I'm not able to hold on to the glowing reviews. I mull over the bad things but the great, amazing, I loved your book so much it made me ache please stop whatever you're doing and write more kind of reviews don't ever keep me up at night.
|Glass half full!|