Since I started getting reviews ,I have had to learn ways to deal with those negative reviews that make me think twice about my abilities as a writer. Normally, what happens is I sulk for a little bit after reading a bad review. Sometimes it even kills my ability to write anything else that day. Then I look at the good reviews I have gotten from other readers. Finally, and this may sound terrible, I look up authors I enjoy that have made the NY Times and USA Bestseller lists multiple times and read their 1 and 2 Star reviews. They way I see it, if fabulous authors that I love receive negative reviews from time to time, anyone can. Once I have gone through these 3 steps, I feel better and I am able to get back to work.
One thing I NEVER do is confront the reader who left the negative review. Sometimes the idea of doing so is really tempting. For example, I received a negative review by someone because they said it was not a Christian Romance and should not be in that category. I wanted to write back and tell them that it is NOT in the Christian Romance category so I don't know where the reader ever got the idea it was. However, as tempting as it was to reply I did not. I ignored the remark and carried on.
What about the rest of you? How do you handle negative reviews? I'd love to hear your strategies.
Soon to come Part 2: When/Why I leave a review and Part 3 How important are reviews to you when it comes to buying a book.