Should Authors Take Bad Reviews Seriously?

Around the World in 80 Books

In which 80 Books Blog discusses and debates hot topics in publishing. This week, we talk bloggers, reviews, and the strained relationship with authors.

“Really, Hagrid, if you are holding out for universal popularity, I’m afraid you will be in this cabin for a very long time.” –Albus Dumbledore, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

Heather: Maybe this question could be better phrased as “Should authors expect bad reviews?” Well, yeah, they should. Your book will not be universally liked. And the less time you spend on your manuscript, the more time people will spend tearing it apart. In our introduction, we briefly mentioned that if we give a bad review, an author shouldn’t take it personally. 80 Books Blog will keep our reviews strictly about the work itself.

You say: The book is an extension of me, and that means you’re criticizing me. A part of being a writer…

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