Today's post is about authors. Especially new authors and aspiring authors. This came about as a result of something I saw recently. I won't go into too many details because this is a general post, not attacking or accusing anyone specifically.
No matter how tempting it is to respond to a low rating or a bad review...don't. Don't send the reader who rated your book low a note telling them they are a fool. You will be the fool. Don't accuse them of not having paid for the book simply because they did not like it.
Even if a reader buys book after book of yours and rates them all low...don't. Even if someone implies that anyone who does like your work must be drinking the koolaid...do not engage.
Because as has been said, no story will appeal to everyone. No writer will appeal to everyone. There will be readers who like all but one of your books, there will be readers who like half of your books, and there will be readers who like none of your books.
Bad reviews and low ratings hurt. I'm not going to lie. But you have to get over it. If you can't, then don't go to review sites and reader groups. Don't google your name. Don't.
Don't even encourage your fans to defend you from a bad review. Not a good idea. Sure, you can't help it if they do it anyway, but when they do, it reflects on YOU.
I also think, as an author, it's not a good idea to dogpile on another author who makes the error in judgment and makes a fool of him or herself. Really, just let it go. You aren't adding anything. You're just trying to get readers to see YOU would never do that.
So, not to beat a dead horse here, but really, if you must, draft a private response and email it to yourself and no one else so you can have vented. But never ever send it to the reader. Don't.
Off my soap box now. Have a good week.