…Authors… just a wee WURD about getting negative reviews…

…if yeez are like me, fellow Lads and Lassies of Blog Land, yeez’ll remember well the first ever ‘bad’ review for any of yer masterpieces… the pink cloud of having finished the first novel was still my principal means of transportation when the thunderbolt struck… a flurry of ‘nice’ supportive reviews had already landed on the Great God Amazon pages… there I was, this  ol’ Jurassic, now a Proper Published Scribbler, getting real reviews from real people… the universe was beautifully smudgy round the edges, like when the dentist gives you a tad too much of the laughing gas… then in came the party-spoiler with a stab to the literary heart… ouch!…and ouch! again… a thousand times ouch!…


…the initial reaction of course, is hurt… followed by a modicum of resentment… oh. alright, a ton of resentment, bordering on outright hatred… but, sensibility settled in… the guy had awarded THE VIOLIN MAN’S LEGACY a mere two stars out of five… on a whim, I checked out his other reviews… he’d only done one other … for John Grisham… and he had panned that with a one star out of five rating… and all at once, Master Gallacher’s WURLD was a happier place… it taught me a vital lesson… to take any review, be it anywhere from one to five stars, with a pinch of salt… over time, if yeez read the content of yer reviews, yeez’ll begin to know when they’re the real deal, and when they’re not… but another WURD of caution…


…if all of yer babies’ reviews are five-stars and four-stars, the chances are that the real less-than-sterling ratings have been suppressed … it’s not feasible to think that ev’rybody who reads yer stuff is gonna fall in LUV with it… in fact, I’d suggest that a sprinkling (at least) of negative ratings lend more credibility to the whole, and that prospective new readers will make their own minds up accordingly… and please, please, please bear in mind, the most important person yeez write for is yerself… please that person , and ye’re most of the way home already… see yeez later… LUV YEEZ!



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52 responses to “…Authors… just a wee WURD about getting negative reviews…

  1. Reblogged this on Chris The Story Reading Ape's Blog and commented:
    AUTHORS – WURDS o’ WISDOM fer yez – from Seumas… 😀

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  2. I have a fearce Hound of the Baskervilles, (err sorry I mean lab/retriever) who I will set on anyone who dares to claim that I am anything less than the next Tolstoy! Seriously, I am sure you are right, a smattering of 2 or 1 star reviews can be a healthy thing.



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  3. Reblogged this on Tricia Drammeh and commented:
    Wise advice from Seumas Gallacher.

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  4. Ali Isaac

    That is my fear, Seumas… I dont have many reviews, the few I have are all 4* and 5* and I think potential readers dont take them seriously. Can good reviews adversely affect sales?

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    • …I wouldn’t worry if they are 4 or 5 stars for only a few reviews, m’Lady, Ali… if there were 40 or 50 all at 4 or 5 star I would be skeptical… the reading public is very sharp… they will be able to weigh up the quality of a review as much as the quality of the writing :):)

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    • ..you may well be surprised .. I hadn’’t checked the reviews for the first couple of years as a total, but was astounded when I realise in aggregate the three novels had attracted more than 300 assorted reviews… priceless!… and I still haven’t sent my Grannie the cheque for doing them all :):):)

      PS. now that I’ve contracted with Crooked Cat Publishing , the first relaunched book alreday has its previous reviews accredited to it…still waiting for the past reviews on the pair relaunched last week… should show within a few days ..:):)

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  5. I’ve never had a really bad review for any of my novels for which I’m glad. However I did once receive a mediocre review and I thought the world had come to an end. It took me days to get over it and resist the impulse to withdraw the book and start all over again – which I later did. “Not everyone will like your stuff,” my wife said, “don’t cut your throat just yet.” Of course she was right but it took a while for her common sense to sink in.

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    • …most of we quill-scrapers know ourselves if our work is okay or not… and she’s right, not all readers are the same … I see reviews on other walls for people whose work I respect, where a reviewer will give 1-star without reading the book because they ‘didn’t like the cover page’ and ‘it’s not my kinda genre anyway’ !!! you get all types, Roger 🙂

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  6. Wonderful advice, it’s only an opinion after all. 🙂
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  7. Reblogged this on Author P.S. Bartlett and commented:
    Wise words as always!

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  8. Thank you for this common sense… I’ve been dreading a bad review and wondering if I could survive it!

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  9. Spot on as always! I generally take life with about a pound of salt every day 🙂

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  10. Good advice, heck if someone actually read and commented on what I wrote, it made my day. Now if they were Trolls, I turned that over to my complaint department head, the voice in the back of my head I call Beast(from a former life of military service and drug enforcement, he has the tact of a rock up side of the head).

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  11. Astute readers can ALWAYS spot a malicious review (as well as a phony one). You are absolutely right on all counts. Stop reading the reviews, fellow authors, and get busy writing!
    Great post.

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  12. Wise words indeed!
    My books–all nonfiction–have had mostly good reviews from other scholars and academic sources, plus Playboy. 😉 I’ve had some not so good or downright weird reviews from other people on Amazon and Goodreads. It’s upsetting, but at the same time, it’s clear that these people often have not even read the book or just don’t understand that it’s not a novel. So, oh well.

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  13. You should know, Seumas, so I’m sure most agree with you as do I. 🙂

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  15. Wise words, indeed, Seumas. But I still want to stick pins into a voodoo doll of the person giving the bad review. I’ve only ever had one, and it was pretty picky, but then, I don’t have a lot of reviews…still hoping!

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  16. Great post Seamus. i know they say some lower reviews are good, but I’m not looking forward to it. On the other hand, I really need more reviews BAD, so I guess I have to take what I get.

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  17. As ever, your wisdom helps your fellow writers. I don’t have the 100s of reviews you’ve gathered yet, but I read each one of mine (dozens, at least in my most popular book) and hold my breath, waiting for a ‘bad’ one to crop up. Now, I know we writers should avoid this kind of scrutiny, but hey, we have egos too. Particularly where our writing is concerned! So far the worst I got was 3 stars once (and the reviewer actually claims she likes the book) so I’m relieved. But I tell my writing students a zillion times what you said so succinctly here: WRITE FOR YOURSELF. If you’re pleased with your writing/story/book, that’s what counts.

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  18. It’s hard for me to get upset by posted review – some never read the book. (But I taught bunches of wild secondary kids – the ones you don’t want your daughter going out with – so maybe it’s like a vaccine and I’m pretty much immune after a bit of soreness/fever)
    It’s so easy to write ugly things when you know you’ll never come face to face with the author. Makes them feel powerful.
    When checking out reviews of books, there are certain reviewers that I trust based on past experience and look to those. Other readers often do the same
    As you say, a few bad reviews are not always a negative. They may seem cruel/unfounded, but you’ll live.

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  19. What we often lose sight of most: “… the most important person yeez write for is yerself …” If more writers held to this belief, there would be less gnashing of teeth over 1- and 2-star reviews. Great post, Seumas!

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