Friday, April 8, 2011

Friday Follow Online Writers Blog Hop-- How Would YOU Handle a Negative Review?

This week’s question:
Inspired by the spectacular melt down of Jacqueline Howett on Big Al’s Book Blog, how do you deal with a bad review?

Please join in in welcoming Nichole Chase from Nichole Chase with this week’s answer.
I haven't officially published any of my works yet, but I hope that I would handle a bad review with grace. I think that the only appropriate way to respond to a review is to say thank you, and in most cases only in a private forum (email, or private message). Bad reviews hurt, even if they are handled in a professional manner. The hurt the author experiences should be kept private, and only shared with friends. Eat some chocolate cake, and watch a good movie- That is how I would handle a bad review. Probably shed a few tears to my friends or my husband, and then move on! You can always get better!

Adding this link to Nathan Bransford's blog about this here and here. The first link addresses the virtual witchhunt this writer endured, the second is advice on how to handle negative reviews.
There's nothing more to add to his words there, and he says it all better than anyone else could.

About Friday Follow Online Writers' Bloghop: Elizabeth Sharp of SomeSharpWords started this bloghop. So... if you have a blog, you're a writer! And we want you to participate, so join in! Here are the rules to Follow:

- Follow this blog (required)
- Follow Elizabeth's blog, the originator of this hop
- Follow the featured author of the week
- Copy the image code on SomeSharpWords (Elizabeth's blog) and paste in your blog. Add your link while you're there too.
- Copy and Paste the rules to the Bloghop, as well as this week's question:
The one above^

- Answer the question (anywhere, but I put mine in the comments)
- You must copy the rules, the hop link, and answer the featured question on your blog
- Follow, Follow, Follow! Network, Connect, Make a Community. We love talking to our followers and replying to your comments!
- If someone stops by, says 'Hi', and follows you, the polite thing to do is to follow back.
- Comment here, introduce yourself, and you just might find a new follower or two.


  1. There was some complicated protocol for this, so I am still waiting to hear back from the person who shared this information to make sure I didn't step on anyone's virtual toes.:-)

    Glad you stop by to read my blog!

  2. Hi. Not seeing the question and answer up there, but good to meetcha anyhow. :)

  3. Ha! Read your answer to L.G.Smith up there.
    Once you do it the first time, it's not so hard. I'll be glad to help you out, and if I can't, I know who to direct you to.
    Come visit me at Glad you jumped on!

  4. @Pamela, think I got it. Thanx! @Wolfe, the question is up there now!

  5. Hi! Thanks for stopping by my blog and commenting. As for the adult content, I agree. It's pretty tame, if you ask me. But for some of the more delicate nature (and I've recently met them), the adult content warning is necessary. Male body parts names give them the heebeejeebees. I guess it takes all kinds. ;)

  6. Hi! Thanks for stopping by my blog. To answer your question, my date was fabulous. :-) I am looking forward to following you!

  7. I don't know how i missed you during the hop, but it's nice to meet you. Maybe the hop was a little too complicated and that's why it died out. It may show up again in a simpler format...