Feb 12, 2021 • 45M

Episode 250: Growing Thick Skin: Handling #Haters, Commenters and Bad Reviews

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Entertaining, actionable advice on craft, productivity and creativity for writers and journalists in all genres, with hosts Jessica Lahey, KJ Dell'Antonia and Sarina Bowen.

Does this ever get easier? That’s the question we’re often asked by newer writers in the process of putting themselves out there and worried about how their work will be received. We were unanimous—yes, it does, and you don’t have to spend five years reading every single comment on your writing (and parenting, and intelligence, and everything else) from New York Times readers to get to the point where you can manage even the reviews you most dread without letting them keep you up at night.

We talk types of bad reviews, strategies for coping with them and how to arm yourself for everything your pub date can bring.


KJ: Cobble Hill by Cecily Von Ziegesar

Eliza Starts a Rumor by Jane L. Rosen

Sarina: Dreyer's English: An Utterly Correct Guide to Clarity and Style by Benjamin Dreyer

Jess: Studly Period by Sarina Bowen (on audio)

Victoria: The Queen: An Intimate Biography of the Woman Who Ruled an Empire by Julia Baird

In this episode, we talk about how Jennie Nash from Author Accelerator makes you write both your most dreaded review—and your best one—and how knowing what you fear before your book is even written can help you handle whatever comes. If you’d like to work with a book coach like Jennie, head to AuthorAccelerator.com—and if you think your talents lie in helping other authors prevent the worst reviews they fear, you should consider becoming a book coach. You can learn more about that at bookcoaches.com/amwriting.