Got a Bad Review on Your Book? Here’s What to Do Next


As a self-published author, getting bad reviews on your book is a huge bummer.

It’s never easy to see a glaring 1-star review attached to your beloved book. You put in all that hard work, only to be dragged by a critic.

Plus, bad reviews on sites like Goodreads or Amazon can affect the opinions of other readers. 84% of people trust online reviews just as much as recommendations from close friends.

And while one lone bad review isn’t going to ruin your chances of ranking among the top books on Amazon, reviews are something you want to pay attention to as you move forward in your writing career.

Believe it or not, there are some great lessons to be learned from the critics and “haters” out there, and you might even improve your writing practice because of it.

What Can You Do if You Get a Bad Review?

As an artist, writer, or business owner, getting a bad review isn’t a question of if, but when. Even the most prolific authors in the world have gotten their share of bad reviews.

Like any other artform, writing is, of course, incredibly subjective. What one person finds beautifully written and heartfelt, another reader might find drab and emotionless.

C’est la vie!

There’s really no equation to determine who’s going to react to your book negatively, or positively for that matter. But that doesn’t mean there’s nothing you can do about it when it does happen.

The first thing you’ll need to do is determine what kind of negative review you’re looking, at. Or in other words...