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Why You Must Grow Thick Skin

Kaitlin posted a great blog about how to handle criticism that, without a doubt, you will eventually receive at some point in your writing career. But what does one do, when the criticism is truly ugly, made public, and after your book is published?

Why, you send it in to The Worst Review Ever Blog and allow your broken heart to mend, by sharing the horrific review with others, and allowing them to offer words of encouragement, sympathy, possibly even differing opinions, all while rating just how bad your review was.

This is why they tell newbie writers that you must grow a thick skin for this business. You'll be given editing suggestions from betas, from agents, and eventually from publishers. But even when you couldn't be happier with the turnout, there will be someone, somewhere who still doesn't fall in love with your story. So while listening to advice from trusted individuals in the field is wise, some things are worth shrugging and laughing over. You won't make every person happy. Just make sure you're completely satisfied with the end product.
Amanda Hannah

Amanda grew up on a big farm in a small town with one stoplight, one school, and a handful of imaginary friends.She would’ve gone to college forever, but eight years and five majors tested her advisor’s patience. So she moved to Germany to explore creepy castles before landing in Spain where she’s perfecting her Flamenco.

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  1. I like this post. *Adds chainmail to skin*

    It's true, though. Not everyone will love it, no matter what.

  2. Geez. That's a great site for support, but this is why I wouldn't ever publicly trash authors or their books. Going through the craziness of finding an agent and a publisher is tough enough. People have every right to express their opinions, but there's no need to be cruel.

  3. Ever heard celebrities say things like, "I never read the tabloids"? Yeah, that's the same mentality writers need to have. Understand that there is and will be lots and lots of constructive criticism throughout the journey, but after that let your agent/friends/etc. clue you in to the good reviews and ignore the bad. If you can :).


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