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Episode Info: not find anything helpful in your low reviews. (Just scroll back up to the Jane Eyre ones!) Sometimes people just won't jive with your style or your characters.  BUT. If all the low reviews say the same thing, you should really take some time to think about the validity of what they're saying. You might have missed a genre expectation or you might have some editing issues that need attention or you may need to work on giving your characters more depth.  As an example, when I first started writing as Emma St. Clair, I wrote a Christmas short without having read in my genre. (Don't do that!) I then wrote a second short that was to connect with a full-length novel to release in the spring. I learned from my reviews that I made a few BIG mistakes. I might not have realized as quickly or been able to examine what I could do better if I hadn't read those reviews.  I'm not saying you should take every review and change your writing or book. But if the reviews have merit, you can change things going forward OR edit your current work to be a better and stronger work.  WHAT YOU SHOULD NEVER DO WITH YOUR ONE-STAR REVIEWS I rarely say never. I usually say that you should do what works for you. But in this case, there are a few important things that you should never do. I mean it! Do not engage. I repeat: do not engage.  As an author, you cannot spend your time going around responding to bad reviews, explaining yourself, or arguing with reviewers. You will not win. You will just look like a jerk and turn off readers. Resist that urge! Also, do not get your followers to engage with bad reviews.  We are living in a time where the mob mentality online is strong. Too often I've seen authors or influencers online enlist their followers to take an action that quickly gets out of hand. You do not want to ask all your followers to try to get bad reviews taken down or to otherwise attack or engage with people who don't like your writing.  Again, it makes you look bad. It also is like bullying. I don't like the mob mentality in general. It's damaging and can be dangerous. Be careful that you aren't abusing your influence.  PARTING THOUGHTS ON BAD REVIEWS I want to circle back and remind you that we will all have bad reviews. You might be able to learn something from them or you might need to ignore them. But you definitely shouldn't spend time getting emotionally invested in them or getting your readers to join in the ganging-up mob culture that happens sometimes online. If you can learn something, learn it. Then move on and keep writing.  What do YOU do with bad reviews? Read? Ignore? Something else? ...
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