My book got it’s first one-star review on Amazon and I sort of LOVE it. Read below:
I won’t use this forum to defend Wide Awake and Dreaming: A Memoir of Narcolepsy or bash this reviewer. Every reader is entitled to his or her opinion. It doesn’t interest me to persuade him/her/you differently.
But I DO want to talk about criticism. If you put yourself out there, be prepared for criticism – lots of it. My entire book process has been filled with criticism from start to finish. Dream-squashers are everywhere – people who never pursued their dreams and see your pursuit as a threat. Literary agents are too important/busy to be nice. Publishers care about one thing – $$$. Reviewers are just another notch in the belt.
Like telling people you have narcolepsy – you must be prepared for odd comments and careless jokes. It’s not kind, fair or “right” – it hurts but it’s part of the process.
How do you handle this? Do you hide? Give up? Or do you shine on?
I LOVED this hilarious picture from Huffington Post. Talk about turning lemons into lemonade! This photo inspired me to write this post.
We live in a world where anyone and everyone is entitled to an opinion – good or bad mood, even if they just got dumped, or lost a loved one, or have different interests or tastes.
No book (or meatball sandwich) is for everyone. Eat Pray Love has 660 one-star reviews. Harry Potter has 126 one-star reviews. Harry freaking Potter, really!? My one-star review indicates that I’ve made it to the big leagues, baby!
My trick for moving on quickly is simply NOT to engage this person, do not try to change their opinion. In my experience, this is a useless futile attempt. Just let go and use your energy to find a different platform to speak from or another person to speak to. The world is large and there are plenty of people who will “get it”. This is the key to my sanity as a narcolepsy advocate and as an author.
If I let criticism get to me, this book never would’ve existed. I’m so glad that I continued on, and this one-star review is a beautiful reminder how lucky I am for the overwhelming kind messages and positive reviews I’ve received. Thank you!!
Don’t stop. Keep going. Ever onward. Shine on!