Let it go...
Photo by Cat Clayton
According to Merriam Webster, a book review is defined as, "a descriptive and critical or evaluative account of a book."
If we Indie authors fell down every time someone said something negative about our writing, book(s), cover(s), characters, plots, etc. we'd be face down, in the dirt, possibly giving up on writing, and wind up miserable. My mama used to tell my siblings and I when we were feeling sorry for ourselves, we were "eating worms." I don't know about you, but worms are slimy, and icky, probably salty?, and I don't like dirt in my mouth.
So, before you eat worms, and throw in the proverbial towel, ask yourself, what exactly is in a bad review?
How can you turn around a bad review and use it for good?
What about those bad reviews where the reviewer claims they only read a few pages or couldn't get through the first chapter?
And finally, some authors refuse to read their own reviews. Me? I'm a curious cat, and thankfully, I have nine lives. :-) Whatever you choose to do, please don't engage with a negative reviewer. It's a terrible idea on all counts. Punch a pillow if you have to, rant and rave to your writer buddies, go outside and scream into the wind, cry to your furbabies--they're amazing listeners, but stay away from the comment button. It's a big no-no. I promise, nothing good will come from confronting a bad reviewer.
In the end, let it go, and get back to what you're meant to do. Write.
Peace, love, & purrs ~ Cat