My book got its first two star rating on Amazon a few weeks ago. Good and bad reviews are part of the deal, but I must admit, it stung a little.
Other than the initial sting though, I was pretty okay with it. It shook my confidence momentarily, but I remembered the advice of a few of my favorite writers.
Jody Hedlund shared her thoughts on the topic, "My book won't be everyone's cup of tea, and that's okay." (My paraphrase.)
Ann Gabhart lent further insight when she said, "Rejection is not fatal."
Jody and Ann are right. Bad reviews and rejection - they aren't the end of the world. You can't please all the people all the time. It's all about perspective.
It's been a good reality check, this less than stellar review, for it offered an opportunity to review priorities and what motivates me. Here is my short list. See how it compares to yours.
Faith - I believe that God is in control no matter what. Nothing takes Him by surprise.
Family and Friends - It's good to know your loved ones are on your team.
I. Must. Write. - The need to express myself no matter what anyone else thinks.
The Importance of Sharing - I feel led to share various experiences and bits of info with others.
The Take Away - There's often something to learn from a negative review, constructive criticism, or a rejection letter. Challenges sharpen our skills and help us grow.
Balance - Knowing there will be ups and downs helps maintain a better outlook.
Blessings - Remember and count them daily.
How do you handle rejection or bad reviews? What helps you keep a good perspective? What's on your short list?
It's been crazy busy around here, with a manuscript submission, the start of my teen writing classes, and a wedding on our property over the weekend. So I am taking a break until September 22 when Sarah Sundin stops by to talk about her new book. Hope you can join us. :)
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