Ooh look, a new review!! Scroll down the Amazon page to the most recent reviews... and, oh no, it's one of those nasty little ones with hardly any yellow stars....
Yes, bad reviews are horrible, but they don't really matter all that much, unless you're getting more than about 7% bad ones - unless they ALL say that there are grammatical and punctuation errors, in which case you might have some work on your hands, but that's a different subject.
Here are some of the things people say when they get them:
- "Huh! Obviously someone with an axe to grind!"
- "Well, why read it if it's not their usual type of book?"
- "They just didn't understand it."
- "Some people just want to knock something that everyone else says is good."
- "I looked at their other reviews and they give bad reviews to everyone."
- "I don't think they'd actually read it, or they wouldn't have said that!"
- "Probably downloaded it when it was free, forgot it was a freebie, found it wasn't their usual genre, so felt annoyed that they'd paid money for it."
- "I bet it's one of so-and-so's mates; she must have asked them all to write me bad reviews."
- "Must be a troll!"
Whatever. I've said a couple of those myself, in the past; I bet you have, too. I don't do so anymore, though. I've faced up to reality.
Mostly, if someone gives your book a bad review, it's because they didn't like it. End of. Furthermore, they are entitled to express that opinion. I've written another post about whether or not people should write bad reviews; that, too, is another subject - I'm just trying to help you deal with the ones you do get!
The odd bad review doesn't actually matter that much. Forget about it. Who says everyone has to love everything you do? Are you really that insecure? No, of course you're not!
Consider this: you know how those 'Best Films of All Time' lists always feature Star Wars, somewhere near the top? I went to see it when it was first released, and fell asleep within the first half hour. I've tried watching the sequels a couple of times, and the same thing has happened.
If it had been a book, I'd have given it a one star review - because it bored me witless and I didn't enjoy it at all. Okay, I may have given it 2 stars because it was well executed, but that's about it.
Most would disagree with me. I was one of the 10%, or maybe 5% who didn't like it - and I'm sure whoever produced/directed/wrote the damn thing hasn't lost a moment's sleep over me, or all the people like me.
Remember that one man's meat is another man's poison, then vow never to use cliches like that in your next book! My most widely read novel, You Wish, has been described as 'absolutely brilliant, clever and insightful', and also 'a complete load of rubbish' - and practically every variation in between!
Oh, just one more thing.... when you're being very reasonable and mature about it all, try to really not mind, unlike the chap in the cartoon below.....!!