Today we have an awesome author with us. Sydney Logan talks about Reader Reviews. Sometimes they are good, sometimes bad and how she handles them. I am very excited about this post. I hope you all enjoy!!! I also want to thank Sydney for being on the blog today. I love featuring authors and any from the Writers Coffee Shop are my favs.
The Good, The Bad, and How to Handle It All
Guest post by Sydney Logan
author of Lessons Learned
When I signed my publishing contract for my debut novel, Lessons Learned, one of the first questions I was asked on my marketing form was about unfavorable reviews and how I would react to them. Of course, I had heard horror stories about one-star reviews that could rip an author’s dreams to shreds. I’d also heard about “bad author behavior” where the author would engage with a reviewer in a negative way. But I had never really considered how I would react to it.
Lessons Learned was definitely my baby. My blood, sweat, and many, many tears went into the book. It is a sweet love story with undertones of religious and social issues. The subject is timely and somewhat controversial, so I expected some reactions. For the most part, I’ve received nothing but wonderfully supportive reviews. Sure, there have been reviews I’ve disagreed with, or wished I could talk to the reviewer and explain something that perhaps wasn’t clear to them, but I never have.
The honest truth is that the very best reaction to a negative review is no reaction at all.
At least not publicly.