So I guess I was in the honeymoon period of five-star reviews from friends and family (although a few strangers too!) when a three-star rating popped up. Okay, no big deal, I can cope with that. It’s not going to be to everyone’s taste after all.
And then… the next rating posted was only one-star! Oh, the misery!
I had already read a few articles about not taking reviews to heart. Many of the best authors have also received poor reviews, but it's easier said than done. Some reports even suggest there are malicious forces at work, sabotaging you for rejecting their spam approaches on social media to help promote your work, for money, of course (another blog post in waiting).
The contributor did not leave a review, only a rating, so I cannot learn from their disappointment. Licking my wounds, but undeterred, I shall soldier on. And can I appeal to all that if a book, or film, or whatever initially appeals to you, then give it a try and form your own opinion. And, impressed or not, leave a review alongside your rating so the creator can at least have the choice to heed or ignore your opinion.
Finally, self-praise is no recommendation, but I still have a 4.5/5 average. So why not give mine a try for free on Kindle Unlimited and hopefully, you’ll enjoy it and can recover my wounded heart with faint praise.