Wildfell just launched on Friday, and the reviews have been rolling in.
Reviews are an interesting thing. Most of them have been good, and I’m so excited to get those words of encouragement and praise. But you know what has been just as helpful? The unfavorable reviews.
Of course, negative reviews may sting a little, but at the end of the day, they tell me where I missed the mark. These reviewers are sort of like post-production beta readers, except they don’t know me. And that’s cool because they’re not afraid to tell me exactly what they think.
How does this help me? Well, I have another book in the pipeline, and based on reviewers suggestions, I know to include a little less of this, a little more of that. Oh, so this is what readers are looking for … this is what they don’t want. I can roll with that. At the end of the day, the readers are the most important factor in this process. I want to give them what they want … or something they didn’t even realize they wanted.
How do you handle negative feedback?