Why Even A Bad Review Can Help Sell A Book. From NPR. Take heart dear author, why even bad reviews can help you!
Speaking personally, and in particular with new or self-published authors, I am suspicious of all positive reviews. A few negative or average reviews gives credibility. Are only the author’s friends writing reviews? Are only people who got a free copy writing reviews? Are friends and freebies the only people reading it? An author should hope for a wider reading audience.
I encountered a new, self-published author who was working hard to “control” his reviews and get only positive ones. Working so hard to control your reviews is…revealing. It indicates some problems with an author’s motives and ethics.
Authors need reasonable expectations and a thick skin. No matter how clearly you write, someone out there will still miss the point. Realistically, no book will be liked…
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