Top Ten Things Not to Do If Your Book Gets a Negative Review

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I added my own advice as a reader who pays close attention to ALL reviews, and is a member of several Street Teams.  Do not send your Street Team to harass ANY reviewer, “dislike” or “vote down,” and/or leave “helpful comments” for the reviewer. Do not post an angry rant on your Facebook page or blog, decrying negative reviews. Say nothing. Do nothing. It all reflects back on the author and her/his good/poor judgment.

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Here is the 36th installment of Ten Top Lists of What Not to Do by Marie Ann Bailey of 1WriteWay at and John W. Howell of Fiction Favorites at These lists are simu-published on our blogs each Monday. We hope you enjoy.
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10.  If your book gets a negative review, do not read the review, especially if the rating is one star.  At best, the reviewer will admit the review is based on having read only a couple of pages of your book and you can chide yourself for even bothering to read one word of the review.  At worst, you will read the review so many times  you can quote it by heart, begin to believe it, and eventually get one star tattooed on your back to atone for imagined errors in your career choice.

9.  If your book gets a negative review, do not respond…

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3 thoughts on “Top Ten Things Not to Do If Your Book Gets a Negative Review

    anna@herding cats & burning soup said:
    March 10, 2014 at 4:23 pm

    Isn’t that the truth? It’s amazing how badly things can go. I had one do this to me earlier this year and was just stunned. It wasn’t even a bad review (a four star) and she had her street team and fan club all over me. Was ridiculous.

      Michelle responded:
      March 10, 2014 at 5:28 pm

      I think people forget that bad publicity, is actually BAD PUBLICITY, once the hype dies down. It’s better to do and say NOTHING, than to have a bunch of fights about a review posted for all the world to see.

      Thanks for stopping by, Herd Momma!

    1WriteWay said:
    March 13, 2014 at 8:06 am

    Michelle, thank you for the reblog and the additional comments! While most of our lists are written in jest (for the simple sake of humor), we knew this list would resonate with a lot of writers and readers. You are so right: it is best to do nothing if your book gets a bad review.

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