Episode 9: Dealing with Bad Reviews

dealing with bad reviews

Bad reviews hurt. But that hurt, or fear of hurt, doesn’t mean you should stop writing. Bad reviews happen to all authors but it certainly does not mean that all the books that received these reviews were bad. Today, we are talking about how to move forward after receiving a bad review.


In this episode, we are looking at 4 things to remember when we receive a bad review. We are talking about how some bad reviews don’t necessarily mean there’s something wrong with your story but sometimes they do, why average reviews are not bad reviews, and how bad reviews can actually help you! If you have received a bad review or if you are worried about receiving bad reviews, this episode is for you!


Be sure to tag me or message me on Instagram @ariellehadfield.authorcoach or join me in a coaching call where we can discuss your story and dive deeper into your questions. As always, if you enjoyed the episode, please LIKE & SHARE with others!


In this episode we cover:

  • Not letting bad reviews stop you from doing what you love
  • Why bad reviews don’t always mean there’s something wrong with your writing
  • How to use bad reviews to improve your writing
  • Why an average review is not a bad review
  • How bad reviews can make your good reviews look even better
  • 3 challenge questions for you to consider when you receive a bad review

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You’ve got an idea for a story. Now it’s time to get it on paper. The writing world can be a strange and scary place, but you don’t have to face it alone.


In this podcast, Arielle guides authors through all the steps of writing a book.

This includes how to take a simple idea and transform it into an entire story with complete characters and a compelling plot, editing strategies, and mindfulness skills to help break through writer’s block, handle rejection, and find courage to step outside your comfort zone to get your story out of your head and into stores.


Arielle Hadfield began as an author. Soon she was able to combine her writing and editing skills with her background in mental health and life coaching to become the first of its kind author coach!


Tune in every Tuesday to learn how to craft a stronger story. With examples from books, movies, and music, and a fun, encouraging, and kind environment, Arielle will help you reach your goals, no matter how far-fetched they feel today.

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