It’s okay if someone doesn’t like your book

Do Not Like
Do Not Like
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Fellow writer, this is an important fact: It’s okay if someone doesn’t like your book.

Yes, It Hurts

I’m not saying it feels good when someone doesn’t “get” it. I have reviews from five stars to one star, with everything from effusive praise to dismissive disgust.

This is normal.

Again: I’m not saying it feels good. [bctt tweet=”Writing is intimate, and sharing your work publicly is an incredibly vulnerable act. When someone doesn’t like it, it FEELS personal.” via=”no”} /–>

It isn’t. They don’t know you. This isn’t about you. This is about personal taste, and that’s all. Not everyone likes everything.

This is normal.

Keep Going

For the people who do like your book, keep writing.

The people who DO like it will let you know. Like this:

If someone doesn’t like your book, then they aren’t your audience.
Also your books are amazing, and don’t you forget it :p

Airhawk #NaNoWriMo (@Airhawk360) November 25, 2017

Do not stop. Keep writing. Aim for your target audience.

Not everyone will like your book. And it hurts.

Keep writing anyway and find the people who do.


A three-times bestselling author, Ruthanne Reid has led a convention panel on world-building, taught courses on plot and character development, and been the keynote speaker for the Write Practice Retreat. Author of two series with five books and fifty-plus short stories, Ruthanne has lived in her head since childhood, when she wrote her first story about a pony princess and a genocidal snake-kingdom and used up her mom’s red typewriter ribbon in the process. When she isn’t reading, writing, or reading about writing, Ruthanne enjoys old cartoons with her husband and two cats, and dreams of living on an island beach far, far away. P.S. Red is still her favorite color.