On the morning of release day for Silencing Breath, I woke up bright and early and full of enthusiasm. I pulled it up on Amazon just to make sure it was there before I started making public proclamations about it.
Very quickly, my enthusiasm turned to horror. Low and behold, it already had a negative review.
My knees went weak. My stomach clenched. Tears pricked at the back of my eyes.
Kami Garcia nailed it when she wrote about her experiences with negative feedback: "Writing is scary and lonely, and everyone needs support (and a thick skin)." The problem is, my skin isn't thick. I thought it was, but it isn't.
What to do?
First, I had a temper tantrum and made a public announcement that I was going to quit writing (if you want to read it, you can't. I deleted it when my good sense returned). Then, I reached out for support and told everyone I knew how I felt. Most attempted to reassure me. Criticism is normal. No you don't (totally) suck. Yes, this is part of being a writer.
At this point, I need to move on. I'm going back to revising The Eve Genome, and attempting to turn it from something "very good" to freaking awesome. I am going to watch every single episode of Breaking Bad (Because that dude's life is a disaster). I'm going to blog just because I feel like it. Most importantly, I'm going to stop reading reviews. Stop. It. Now.
Any other advice for me, fellow bloggers? How do you handle criticism?