I saw a question on the Support Indie Authors board that asked if you can recover from a bad review. I’m here to tell you that you can if you don’t let that one-star review stop you. Remember, perseverance is the key.
We authors often focus on our reviews. We crave for input from readers, the more the better. However, when those views are negative and highlight areas the person reading the book didn’t like, we as authors don’t always approach the situation with the clearest perspective.
I’m here to tell you, don’t sweat it. Every single one of the grand classics has a one-star review. From Pride And Prejudice to Of Mice And Men to Hamlet, every single one of them has a review from someone who hated it.
Maybe you just got unlucky with the person. Sometimes what they expect isn’t what you wrote, and a reviewer will knock you for that.
I say, just write. If I had followed the advice of one of my first reviewers, I would have quit writing. I wouldn’t have met the awesome people in this community, and I wouldn’t have written 2 more novels, 5 novellas, and have more in the works.
Write because you want to. If someone doesn’t appreciate what you wrote, that doesn’t mean someone else won’t. Write to tell your story, and forget everyone else. It is after all your story.
One of the great thing about being a writer is not having to compromise unless you want to. Don’t surrender to other’s opinions, don’t settle and compromise. Stay true to you.