Community Service Announcement

HOW TO RESPOND TO A NEGATIVE REVIEW OF YOUR BOOK/FILM/IMPRESSIONIST DANCE ROUTINE:

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SERIOUSLY.

PUT THE KEYBOARD DOWN AND BACK THE FRACK AWAY.

THANK YOU.


43 Responses to โ€œCommunity Service Announcementโ€

  1. Bwahahaha! That’s pretty much what I said (perhaps in a few too many words) in my blog post today! Good stuff.

  2. Danielle D says:

    Thank You so much for these amazing words of wisdom ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. Adam Heine says:

    If anyone wanted anecdotal evidence to support this, I has it.

  4. hrose2931 says:

    Could you somehow spam everyone with this one?

  5. michelle A says:

    *laughing like Muttley * from the Wacky Races………..wise words….
    p.s. Thankyou for the interview answers and Yes I did see and comment, 8 months late on the tatt Q I had, see I wasn’t stalking properly:D Love the posting you did, very funny, although painful:)
    Mich
    Who is kickass in her dreams

  6. Kris says:

    That picture sums it all up. Genius ๐Ÿ™‚

  7. Ash B says:

    Or go play a FPS you’ll feel better afterwards ๐Ÿ™‚

  8. Sandra says:

    Excellent advice. I wish more authors/filmmakers/dancers would follow this!

  9. risebeauty says:

    Good advice. Very. Sadly, Anne Rice did not follow it a few years ago. She wrote quite a passionate (?) reply to a negative Amazon review. Chuck Palahniuk posted her complete response on his website with a brief introduction of his own comments. He was a little harsh on Annie but, hey, he wrote FIGHT CLUB not THE VELVETEEN RABBIT. You can read it here: http://chuckpalahniuk.net/forum/1000029/anne-rice-goes-fucking-insane-on-amazoncom
    If that is not enough of a cautionary tale for any author here’s a painkiller that might do the trick —> Amazon 1-star reviews of classic novels. Some of them…are…wow. Just…wow… http://www.themorningnews.org/article/lone-star-statements
    Consider yourself in good company, Jay. Any writers brave enough to put their stories into print are going to get some battle scars along the way. You had the courage, dedication, talent, and follow-through to write and publish a book. You go on wit yo bad self! Keep on truckin brother.
    May I also suggest that you print out the above articles and nail them to your office wall? I did. Works wonders.

    • Heh, I remember reading about that Anne Rice meltdown.
      No good comes of behaving like that. No good comes of walking into someone’s house and saying “My god, what were you thinking when you chose that wallpaper?”
      Ever.

  10. neyska says:

    Awesome! A hard lesson, but so very valuable.

  11. […] Reviews are not for the authors. I firmly believe the only right way to respond to a negative review is to not. […]

  12. Amy says:

    Yes!! You just said it perfectly.

  13. Gemma says:

    Imagery confusion. So there’s a circle with a line through it, which means don’t, and the word ‘don’t’ (which means ‘don’t’ too donchaknow). So… don’t not? Don’t not response to negative criticism? Does you do good grammar or is that unpossible? ๐Ÿ˜›

  14. Archer says:

    Jay… This is what makes you win teh internetz.

  15. Alison says:

    Perfect! You think that would be a simple concept for people to learn…

  16. huggs
    i’m mistr huggs a lot ^_^

  17. michelle A says:

    Hey Jay,
    I just sent you and email but it went to the giveaway email address. I was just asking something about the interview I have to post in August:D
    Mich

  18. Foucalts Shadow says:

    Or you could always ask a friend who is involved in groups who only exist in acronyms to ‘cleave them in twain’…

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