How many of you have roamed Goodreads or Amazon reviews before you buy a book? If you're anything like me, you always read a few reviews before you make that purchase. Have you ever seen a horrible, awful, plain nasty review? I have. Have I ever written one? No. Have I given a book one star before? Yes. If I ever sell a book, I know for a fact I'll get some bad reviews. And that's okay. Authors have to get thick skin. It's just like getting a rejection from an agent. Not everyone will love your book.
This post is inspired by something I heard that happened on Goodreads a few weeks ago. I'm sure some of you have heard of this. An author got a bad review. One star I think, but I'm not totally sure. A friend of said author defended the author of the book and slammed the reviewer and her review. Then another author got involved and slammed the reviewer as well. Book bloggers and authors got into it. A whole reviewer/author battle broke out and I'm sure feelings were hurt, reputations were damaged and it turned out to be a huge mess.
Now I'm not a confrontational person. Like, at all. I avoid it at all costs. If someone ever gives me a bad review, I'll take it. It may hurt, but I would never ever attack that reviewer personally. It was their opinion. That's all. Not everyone likes the same books I do. I see bad reviews for books I love and great reviews for books I hate. It's part of the business. One book will not be for everyone. You know what I mean? Take it for what it is. An opinion. Don't freak out at the reviewer and go read some happy awesome reviews to make yourself feel better. :)
How would you handle a bad review? Or if you're already published, how have you handled a bad review if you've gotten one?