Self-Published Authors: How to Deal with Bad Book Reviews – 6 Tips

I’ve written and self-published over 75 ebooks – fiction (mostly romance) and non-fiction (on/about freelance writing and a few complementary niches). Since 2010, over half my annual income has come from these books; these days, much more than half.

It’s a great way to pad freelance writing dry spells – and build a second stream of income that could possibly surpass what you earn writing for clients. It took me years, but this is exactly where I am now.

Self-Publishing: A Natural Income Stream for Freelance Writers

Self-publishing allows me to pick and choose my freelance writing clientele – because I don’t feel pressure to take on every writing job that comes my way.

With that being said, it’s not easy (and don’t believe anyone who tells you different). And one part of being a self-published author you’re going to have to deal with is bad reviews. They’re part of the writing game.

You can’t let praise or criticism get to you. It’s a weakness to get caught up in either one.~John WoodenHow to Make Money Writing Romance

It doesn’t matter if you’re actually turning out crap, or if you’re an award-winning writer, you’re going to get bad reviews from time to time. They can hurt your feelings and if you’re not careful, paralyze the writing process – especially if you’re not accustomed to how cruel people can be online and/or you’re new to being a self-published author.

I’ve been self-publishing ebooks since 2002 and have received quite a few bad book reviews in my day – some justified; some not. This post details how I deal with them. And by the way, this advice is applicable to fiction as well as non-fiction works.

Hope the insight helps, and have a great weekend! 🙂

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