Thanks to my friend, horror author Tim Miller, who shares the most interesting stuff, I read the most entertaining and epic author meltdown over a bad Goodreads review ever! Check it out here: http://archive.is/rFgtE#selection-917.0-917.15.
Unlike Tim, who is super professional and is an expert at engaging his readers, this author took a bad review way too seriously and personally, and accused the reader who posted the review of trying to “hurt him financially and ruin his business.” This lead to a whole thread on this topic, with other authors and readers joining in. The consensus seems to be that this particular author is crazy (I won’t post his name here but if you go to the link and read the thread you’ll see everything) and from reacting to one bad review, he’s received many more (see it here). I understand how frustrating it must be to receive a bad review that you feel is undeserved (as an actress I have been quite frustrated by certain reviews), but what is the right way to address it (or should it simply be ignored?)?
What do you all think? Is it ever a good idea for an author to respond to a bad review?