Quick Tips: Ignore The Haters

Posted by on Sep 23, 2014 in Quick Tips | 0 comments

Quick Tips: Ignore The Haters

Quick Tips: Ignore The Haters


I have seen and heard it time and time again: Authors fretting over one bad review. As an editor, seeing one of my authors pull their hair out because of one negative review or comment makes me want to pull my hair out along with them. It’s tough, the world of writing and publishing. An author’s work is out there for the world to see which also means it’s out there for the world to criticize. And believe me, there are readers out there that make it their sole purpose to rip a book to shreds. Unfortunately, it’s all part of the publishing game.

Being a writer means having a thick skin and realizing that not every reader is going to be your reader. There is always going to be someone along the way who will find this and that wrong with your book, and that’s okay. Why? Simply put, you can’t grow as an author is you don’t have someone driving you to be better. Think of negative reviews or comments as fuel for your engine. The more fuel, the more you work to make your writing something that no one can complain about.

What happens if you received some hate for one of your books? Nothing. Absolutely nothing. It doesn’t mean your sales will dwindle or that your book is a pile of crap. It just means it’s another person’s opinion. The best thing to do when this does—and it will—happen to you is to move on, learn from it, and don’t look back. If you don’t, you will remain stagnant as a writer. You also have to weigh the positive and negative reviews you received.  If you have a higher ratio of positive and supportive feedback of your books and only a small percentage of the opposite, then relax and don’t over analyze it when a stray bad apple comes along. Like I said, not every reader is your reader.

So when I get frantic texts, emails, and calls from my authors ready to call it quits, I tell them to ignore the haters. It’s not worth their writing time to sulk over negative reviews or jump at the chance to re-write their book because a reader didn’t like a character or plot line.  Writers need to be comfortable in their work to move on and to let go, or risk stifling their creativity.

The next time you get a bad review, just click the little X at the top of your browser screen and walk away for a while. Breathe, have a cup of coffee, smoke if you got ’em, but don’t feed the hate, ignore it. Grow from it, and don’t stop writing.


Lauren Schmelz (127 Posts)

Lauren Schmelz has been in the publishing and broadcasting field for over twelve years. She got her start editing and producing traffic news for local news affiliates in St. Louis, Missouri (NBC, CBS, and FOX). For the last four years, Lauren has worked as a freelance editor/manuscript advisor. Lauren was Managing Editor of Manuscript Development for the last year and a half at a small independent publisher. Currently, Lauren is a founding Diva with Write Divas and specializes in manuscript development, content editing, copy editing, marketing, and publicity. As COO of Write Divas LLC, Lauren oversees the daily operations of staff and client projects to optimize efficiency and serve authors with the highest quality of work whether it is the edit of their manuscript or the promotion of their marketing campaign and blog tour. She is married and has two young daughters. When Lauren isn’t editing or reading manuscripts, she is busy playing with her kids and exploring her hometown of St. Louis with her family. She is an avid reader, writer, movie enthusiast, and generally a smartass. Lauren hopes to publish her first book within the year. Lauren has worked with such authors as: M.A. Stacie, C.L Parker, Brian Sweany, Suzy Duffy, Jennifer Schmidt, Alexandra Richland, Alexandra Allred, Michele Richard, Liv Morris, and Joey Mills.

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