Haters gonna hate.
For a lot of authors, those first positive reviews will have you sending screenshots and popping champagne before the night’s end. It’s only human to seek the validation of a good review from an adoring fan. Positive reviews can feed your ego, which make you a happier writer, which can, in the end, lead to better work.
But there will always be negative reviews. Always. And if you’re going to really “do” the writing thing, you can’t let one bad review ruin your day. You can’t let it stop you from writing, or make you doubt your talent.
So to help you laugh off those next one-star-ers, let’s take a look at some famous authors, and the negative reviews they’ve received.
J.D. Salinger’s The Catcher in the Rye
Read by millions, loved by many, confusing to some, The Catcher in the Rye was first published in 1951 and to this day, 1 million copies are sold each year, with total sales of over 65 million. The novel was on Time‘s 2005 list of the 100 best English-language novels written since 1923.
But not everyone’s impressed.
J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
In 2004, J.K. Rowling became the first person to become a billionaire by writing books. To this day, she is the most highly paid author.
Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale
Atwood’s dystopian novel has been adapted into movies, tv shows, and even an opera. Her novel inspired the creation of a political group, The Handmaid’s Coalition, which formed in response to legislation and actions aimed at limiting the rights of women and marginalized groups. Activists dressed in red cloaks and white hats (as described in the novel) lobby and protest in order to bring awareness to politicians and laws that discriminate against women and women’s rights.
But, hey, her book’s too weird.
Don’t let bad reviews get you down. Even the best of the best have unhappy critics. Try not to focus on the negative – because really, who cares? If you enjoy writing, that’s all that matters.