Saturday, April 02, 2011

Writers, Never Do This

This went viral earlier in the week. It's a review of a book, where the author engaged the reviewer heatedly when she disagreed with his assessment of her work. It's spilled over now onto Amazon. There have been instances of this in the past, and time and time again, it's always been proven that doing so is never a good thing for the writer. Do not engage the reviewer in anger. Do not ask for the review to be taken down. Do not fight the reviewer. Do not insult the reviewer's taste/aesthetics/choice of books/parents/spouse/best friend/place of residence/body type/fashion sense. If a piece gets a negative review, the best thing to do is suffer in silence, take what positives you can from the criticism, then do your best to come up with something better. This is a more constructive way to channel the angry energy than fighting someone.

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