When being in the writing process you may not think a lot about it, but when the time to get published is going to be here, one question can occupy your mind:

What if people leave bad reviews on my book?

We all have books we love and books we don`t, maybe we also read books we hate. But with the era of Internet spreading the word about something is easier, and giving reviews too.


Bad / or / Constructive  ?

Let`s take the five Amazon stars as a scale, five being the excellent review.

Amazon range is:
starstarstarstarstarI love it
starstarstarstarI like it
starstarstarIt`s okay
starstarI don`t like it
starI hate it

Even if we value the reviews, let`s take a look at this scale and think about it.
What do you see?
If someone hates your book, because of the story (and it happens), they may hate your work, but it doesn`t mean you are not a great writer.

And here is the most important…

People forgot they are leaving reviews that`ll be read by the author (a real person then) or the author family, it hurts, and it can hurt a lot. You spent a lot of time working, and the book is like your book.

You spent a lot of time writing, and the book is like your book.
No one wants to hear something bad about their baby, why would you?

What is a bad review?

For a writer, any kind of review under 4 stars can be seen as a bad review for the book.

I hate the book

Some people just “hate the book” – for those reviews, let it go… Nothing to learn here. They hate it, take a deep breath, and tell to yourself someone will Love it. It`s similar to like a colour or a song.

The writer should…and need to…

You will also face valuable reviews. Some readers can be human too (laugh). Don`t be angry at them! It can be harder than just reading “I hate the book” but you`ll learn a lot about the possible expectations of your audience. Having a long & constructive review doesn`t mean they hate the book. Some readers do take a lot of time to write those reviews because they want to help the writer.

Keep in mind: getting bad reviews shouldn`t keep you away from writing. 


Do I answer?

This is the big question.
Do you want to answer bad reviews? We all have a different point of view.

  • Some authors will take the time to answer every single review, from bad to awesome. Trying to understand and to speak with the reader.
  • Some will only answer to constructive reviews trying to start a conversation with the reader and to highlight where it goes wrong in the story.


Get reviews from people you can trust.

Try to get the first reviews from people you can trust, and people who will be honest with your writing and your story content, it could help you to avoid some bad reviews.

For the rest, we can`t be always loved by everyone, so ignore the bad and keep the constructive and positive.

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