A Folder Called ‘Bollocks’ – Why Authors Should NEVER Respond to Reviews

A great post for authors new and old. What happens when you get that bad review? I couldn’t agree more with Heather, don’t reply. It sucks, but keep in mind there are trolls out there trying to instigate a retaliation. And absolutely loved her hotel reference – you can’t really explain away the things a bad reviewer hated about your book, in essence it’s just bad business. Check it out!

Heather Hill, Author & Comedy Writer

Regular readers of my blog may recall I celebrated the much anticipated landing of my first one star review as an author, with a light-hearted blog post and a nod to fellow authors to try not to take them too seriously.

In the last month I have seen a few knee-jerk reactions to scathing reviews and am almost always saddened, especially when I find one very talented author I greatly respect saying, ‘I just feel like giving up’. But today I began to read this response to a book review from an author on Goodreads, and found I couldn’t read on. To say it felt like watching car crash TV was an understatement.

The first and most obvious thing that occurs to me here is how the author has succeeded in spending what must have been hours alienating a community of book lovers he will have spent hundreds more writer hours trying to…

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One Response to A Folder Called ‘Bollocks’ – Why Authors Should NEVER Respond to Reviews

  1. Cecilia says:

    I agree, don’t reply.

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