The Fear of Bad Reviews

There’s an erroneous comment on my book page on Amazon which is negatively impacting my sales.

The person obviously misread the book, if even opened it up at all.  

I originally ignored the rating.  And then I responded to the feedback with some comments.  And after it itched me some more, I researched the Internet to see if it was possible to get rid of a false review.  

Apparently you can’t delete false reviews, nor will Amazon take them down upon request.  

But at least I stumbled upon some practical reminders about creating and publishing art.

If you fear negative reviews, you shouldn’t publish.

And this one:  

Anyone that creates a piece of art, in any medium (painting, sculpture, music, film, the written word), and decides to put their art out on display for all the world to see, has to take the good with the bad. Some people might love it, some people might hate it, some people might feel indifferent toward it, but they are all entitled to their opinions.

Everyone has their own perspective, their own bias, their own attention, and is responsible for their own actions.  

I refuse to let the fear of criticism prevent me from publishing again.  My second book will be out next month.  Bring it. 

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By Wells Baum

Wells Baum is a daily blogger who writes about Life & Arts. He's also the author of and four books.