I’ve been asked quite a few times how I feel about negative reviews. Do I read them? Do they upset me? Do they make me want to give it all up and throw myself off a cliff? The answer: it depends what day it is. I tell new authors all the time that you HAVE to have a thick skin in this business. Not everyone will like what you write and not everyone will be nice about it when they tell you just how much they don’t like it. For the most part, I stopped reading negative reviews a long time ago. Sometimes I scroll through and one catches my eye and I have to read it, but I don’t let it bother me anymore. Most of them just make me laugh.
So, I decided to have a little fun at my expense and share some of my negative reviews with you. With videos. Of my family and friends. You’re welcome.
Everyone is familiar with the little boy, Gavin, in my Chocolate Lovers series, correct? If you are, I’m sure you’ve heard me say that Gavin was based on my son. I might have stretched the truth a little. Really, they’re nothing alike:
Moving right along. In Chocolate Lovers, the main character, Claire, has a best friend named Liz. I also have a best friend named Liz. Coincidence? I think not. Some people think that it’s absurd how Claire and Liz behave and the language they use. Do the people I hang out with talk like that? My BFF would like to read the next review for you and give her take on it:
Next, we’ve got everyone’s favorite hero of Chocolate Lovers – Carter. Even in a negative review, people can’t help but love Carter. I’ve told people many times that Carter is based loosely on my husband. In the next video, my husband will be reading the review so you can see just how loosely we’re talking:
Last, but certainly not least, I give you my niece. I think this one speaks for itself:
In case you can’t see it, her sign says “Will work for reviews”