Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Authors: Dealing with negative reviews

Way back when (2006), I self-published an audiobook collection of short stories. It was my first published piece of size and I was a bundle of emotions. One of these emotions was doubt—would any one really like it? Well, I was relieved to discover that most did—one didn’t. Her comment:  the stories are too short. Well, I ranted and raved to myself and to my husband. “It is a short story collection.”

“Don’t worry about it,” my husband said, “You can’t please everyone.”

I knew he was right. But I couldn’t shake the negative review. Write something longer, echoed in my mind. It drove me on to write novellas and novels.

Would I have made this leap without her negative review—maybe, probably? But that’s not my point. My point is that sometimes if you’re able to endure the sting you can learn something from a negative review.


Laurie Buchanan said...

Making lemonade out of lemons - Yes!

Leanne Dyck said...

Thank you for your comment, Laurie.
I'm a firm believer in taking the energy that can be found in the 'negative' and using it to grow, change, create the positive.

Leanne Dyck said...

Okay, so, thanks to computers communication is suppose to be easier. At least that's the theory. S. Houser left me a nice mention on Google + about this post. The message was left on Google + because it couldn't leave it here. I was able to read it on Google +. But strangely I couldn't leave a message. So...
S. Houser if you're out there, I just wanted to say thank you and say I'm still learning to react positively to negative reviews/comments/ratings. It's a process. But once I am able to reframe it, it is very helpful.