Oh wow. Negative reviews, eh? In case you haven’t seen it yet, I am writing this post to link you to the perfect of example of how not to respond to a negative review of your writing. (It’s not even that negative a review, to be honest, but hey.) (Link via How Publishing Really Works – if you don’t already read, subscribe!)
Not only is the author’s* response utterly astonishing, but she doesn’t see her mistake (both in response and in the original book).
This made me think about the value of receiving negative reviews and constructive criticism. I can only see that this reiterates the importance of having an honest writing group or buddy who will get their red pen out as readily as their words of encouragement.
As writers, it is our duty to hone our craft and knowledge of the English language and to shape our novels to be the best that they can be. If this involves paying/befriending/kidnapping someone who knows their ‘there’ from their ‘their’ or an apostrophe from a semi-colon, then so be it.
OK, so I was joking about the kidnapping, but not the rest.
And beyond any philosophical writerly duty, just be a decent human being who has the good grace and professionalism to leave reviewers alone.
Good grief, what is the world coming to!