I remember in high school taking a ‘test’ to see what job fit my personality. Either I failed the test or the test failed me. You see, I always wanted to be a writer, but that test said I was artistic. Writing was a social activity and that was my lowest category. I am NOT the social butterfly that a writer apparently needed to be.
It’s been years, but I’m still mostly Artistic. I’m not excruciatingly shy the way I was in childhood. I’ve outgrown much of it, but given a choice between a party and a good book, I’m with the book every time.
One of my friends brought a book to my attention about maintaining an online reputation. My problems are teeny-tiny right now. Reviews are the primary place where an author feels a little like Jack Sparrow after getting slapped. Sometimes it’s, “Well, I deserved that.” And sometimes its, “I DIDN’T DESERVE THAT”. It’s that misunderstood author thing that gets us into trouble. I try to ignore the reviews and move forward. It’s far too easy to type a reply these days! 🙂
The way an author responds to criticism gives readers an insight into their personality. They will pass judgement based on responses and reactions. So take a deep breath and step back and use your thinking brain to decide what to do. Some authors build a reputation on ‘being who they are and to heck with the consequences’. I’m not a tough girl, so I couldn’t pull it off 24/7, and I’m not about to try.
If you’ve got a business venture and need to protect your image, this book might be worth a look…
Also, in the interest of being the writer I’ve always dreamed, here is my paranormal romance werewolf series. See? All that daydreaming DID go for something useful…