Many authors have a love/hate relationship with reviewers. We love the ones who rate us high (4 or 5 stars) and hate the ones who don’t. I feel this is a poor approach.
I’ve had a number of good reviews and a few that have smarted a bit. I have found, however, that most bloggers try to be fair. (I am not talking about customer reviews here.) I also try to keep in mind two things before I read any review:
That said, I also think that every bad review is a learning opportunity. Here are some things I’ve learned from 3-star reviews:
Ultimately, as a writer, reviews teach me most about my readers—their wants, desires, what they like, hate, what makes them laugh, cry, or get angry.
As much as it stings sometimes, as a writer, it’s best to take a hard look at each review—then take a hard look at yourself—and what you can learn.