Writers hate bad reviews. Loathe them. We may tell people we never read them, or that we don’t care about them, but here’s the truth. We want worship. We want every review to fawn over us, gasp in awe, and basically lie down prostrate in weeping adoration of our work.
But since that’s not how life works, we’d better learn how to shrug. Anybody who can’t take criticism should stay far, far away from publishing. Every writer faces rejection, red-penciling and ridicule. And no book will ever be to every reader’s taste.
Which brings me to the tale of the blogger who slammed an erotic suspense novel and received a lengthy screed from the editor of Romantic Times magazine in complaint. Astonishingly, the editor, Kathryn Falk, wants the blogger to write only positive reviews because writers and editors are terribly fragile and emotional people. She claims that the blogger’s negative review was so harmful that people are contemplating suicide. The blog’s commenters are unimpressed.