You know, I wish we didnâ€™t need to have this conversation, but yeah, we do.
Everyone has their own way of dealing with reviews, and letâ€™s be frankâ€”not everyone will like what you do. Reviews, good or bad, are part of the territory. Reviews are a rite of passage for authors, the objective points-of-view that sit down with the final product and say, â€œHoly crapbuckets, this is the best book Iâ€™ve ever read!â€ or â€œMany trees died to make this book. Avenge them.â€ Whenever a new work hits the shelves, virtual or literal, I am always on edge. You have been working closely with editors and peer readers who all invest a part of themselves in your title because they believe in what you do; and if you are fortunate, these voices because they believe in you are going to be blunt, honest, and sometimes cruel to be kind. â€œMy job as an editor is not to change a book,â€ I heard Ellen Datlow say on a podcast. â€œMy job is to take a good story and make it great.â€ [Read more…] about What You Do When Your Book Gets a Bad Review