Having had to deal with some negative reviews of my debut story, Alice Had a Palace, I realize that the one star reviews are not so much about my book but rather indicative of the reviewer. After talking to a few writers, who say that I should not reach out to the ones that are spreading this negative propaganda, but rather just take it with a grain of salt. It's hard to turn the other cheek, and I have lashed out to a couple that tried to shed negativity on my book, my baby, that I nurtured for over ten years, to have some stranger, try to take from the power of the message. Granted, I understand that not everyone will love your voice as a writer, as not everyone loves the current president. We are all different birds. One writer responded to me and said, "Don't wrestle with a pig, or you could get dirty, and not only that they love it." That being said, if you lash out at your negative audience, it casts you in a bad light, as an author. Also, when you start getting that kind of attention, like one star reviews.....it just means that you have arrived.
I want to apologize to anyone who I have reacted to that caused them to change their ratings to one stars, because.....I personally commented on their negative views of my work. Sorry, I am just human. Two one star reviews were readers who had given me a higher rating, and once I commented on their rating, retaliated by giving me a one star review. To hurt me, to discourage other's that might be interested in reading my story. This borders on cyber bullying if you ask me.
Like I have said before, as a writer you need the skin of an armadillo. And to my readers who loved my work, thank you from the bottom of my heart, because without you.....I am nothing.