Everybody deals with bad reviews differently. Some of the best advice I've gotten was from Beth Revis, who emphasizes in her post on how to respond to bad reviews that readers' response to books is very subjective. She recommends looking up reviews of your absolute favorite book, the one you'd kill to have written yourself, the one that pulled at your heartstrings...and then to look at how many terrible one-star reviews that book got. She's absolutely right! Some of my favorite books just didn't resonate with some people at all. It's a great reminder that people have different opinions, and that's one thing that makes it possible to have so many literary genres and great variety.
But let's admit it. Bad reviews are PAINFUL.
My very thoughtful husband knows how hard reviews can be on a writer, and commissioned this highly appropriate piece of artwork from a very talented artist friend of mine, Lauren Patton.
I love it! Next time I get a bad review I'm not going to wallow in self-doubt, I'm not going to eat a tub of ice cream, I'm just going to look at my aquamarine unicorn and remind myself that Haters. Gonna. Hate. And then get back to work!