How I Handled My First Bad Book Review

How I Handled My First Bad Book Review

So the thing I feared wasn’t that bad at all.

Being a new author and just now starting out with writing books, it was no surprise to me that anxiety and fear of what others would think about my work would no doubt try to stop me.

I’ve spoken with several well-known authors and they pretty much started out the same way, so I must be on the right track.

I knew writing a book would no doubt put my work out into the public and it would be subject to a plethora of different opinions. I knew people would say good things and I also knew people would say some bad things.

Well it finally happened. My worst fear came to pass and it wasn’t that bad at all. I saw that I received a very negative Amazon Review about my book #Next.

Here is the bad review:


Here’s a link to the book on Amazon to read more reviews: #Next Book Reviews

Seriously, I read it once and that was it. I was sooooo tempted to keep reading it and try to figure out who this person was and if they even read the book. I can honestly say that it only bothered me for about 10 minutes and then I let it go (Just like Frozen taught us to do). Then I had to remind myself of what I learned before my book was published. I read a blog post by a well-known author and it simply said:

“When it comes to your life’s work, you will always have some people say some really great things about it and you will always have some people say some very bad things about it. The only thing you need to worry about is making sure your name is spelled correctly.”

I love that. It really helped me get over my fear of negative criticism in the world of book writing.

You can also apply it to everyday life when pursuing your dreams and goals. Don’t let criticism stop you from being all that you are supposed to be and reaching the goal that is before you.

Don’t ever forget what God said, because of what someone else said.

1. Keep moving forward…

2. Stay focused on finishing the goal….

3. And by all means don’t quit until you’re done…

4. And then start a new goal and repeat steps 1 through 3.

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