I recently started offering my book Second Chances for free on Amazon. The main reason was to build up some interest in my writing before I released my next book. I was also hoping that some of the readers might leave a review to let me know what they thought of my first book.
Well, since listing my book for free about 2 weeks ago, close to 2,500 people have downloaded my book on Amazon … AND I got my first negative review. 2 stars 😦
I knew it would come. So many writers have warned me that to be an author you need to have thick skin because you can’t please everyone, but I have to admit that it has shaken my confidence somewhat.
Since I began my writing journey, I’ve always said that even if I bring joy to just one person through my books, it will mean that it’s been worth it. I know of at least a handful of women who have been encouraged by characters in my books, so I just have to keep reminding myself of this and not let the negative comments eat at me.
I’m interested in hearing from some of you other writers out there who have also received negative reviews – how did it make you feel, and what kept you going?