What? Did I say "learn from negative reviews"? Yes! I glean valuable information even from the worst of the worst. Not what's wrong with my book-- I ignore those comments since it's too late now anyway, the book is out-- but I learn about my demographic. I enjoy discovering who they are. And seeing clearly who they are not.
WiDo Publishing uses the occasional free on Kindle promotion to get attention for its books-- an effective tool for increasing visibility and garnering reader reviews. But one of the downsides to the free option is that people will download a book just because it's free when it's not really their cup of tea. And then you'll get reviews like --
I don't really like the genre but I downloaded this free on Kindle, and sure enough, I didn't like it. Horrible book. Don't bother. 2 stars for effort because it must be hard to write an entire book.
What to learn: I write genre-specific books that don't appeal to those outside my specific demographic. They probably downloaded it by accident, thinking it was something it was not. Or they might have thought they'd try it and realized that no, they really can't stand literary women's fiction after all.
I don't like books about Mormons. Mormonism is a cult. Hated this book because it was about Mormons. 1 star but only because Amazon won't let me put 0 stars.
What to learn: I snagged a reader hoping for an anti-Mormon rant and instead they got a novel positive toward the religion. Being sorely disappointed they had to vent their animosity somehow.
Not bad for a free book, but not very good either. I've read better. 2 stars
What to learn: Some people like to write reviews that say nothing.
There was no plot. Boring.
What to learn: I write character-driven literary women's fiction. Yes, there is a plot, there is always a plot-- and a story-- but it is based on my main character in battle with herself, not with a clear antagonist. This type of novel is not for everyone and a reader looking for a strong plot and obvious antagonist will not like my books.
So next time you get a bad review, don't get upset. Instead, analyze it for the most valuable information a writer can get-- a profile of your demographic.