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037 – Trolls, Haters and Critics Oh My – How to Handle Negative Feedback as an Author

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In this episode, we talk about a cold reality of being a writer: there will be people who end up hating you and what you write. They’ll post false reviews, stir up untrue controversy, and try to systematically take you down. So what do you do about these people?

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8 Responses to 037 – Trolls, Haters and Critics Oh My – How to Handle Negative Feedback as an Author

  1. Carrie Lynn Lewis July 16, 2014 at 6:14 pm #

    Thank you so much for this podcast. I am not yet published (at least not with nonfiction), but one of the obstacles I struggle with is the idea of haters and trolls. I know there will be detractors and fretting about what they might say or how I might respond sometimes paralyzes my writing.

    So this podcast was especially uplifting and helpful personally.

    The recommendation to read the Psalms was delightful. I already read Psalms on a regular basis but was thrilled to be validated in that decision.

    Thomas’ comment about reaching people was also encouraging. I hadn’t thought about writing in quite that way, for the good of humanity.

    Thank you again.

  2. Janalyn Voigt July 16, 2014 at 6:19 pm #

    Thanks, guys. This was timely for me. I love your joy.

  3. Maci July 17, 2014 at 4:12 pm #

    This podcast was excellent and an answer to my prayers. Everything you said was true (thank you for the reference to both Proverbs and Psalms). When I first learned that one attracts haters, it was extremely painful because the lesson was in a church where I thought 1) that I could trust the people and 2) that they would reciprocate the kindness I had shown to them when they were building their ministries and/or businesses. Instead, what I found was that everything was great as long as I was giving money, encouragement, and help to certain people. But when I started to be blessed and see success in my endeavors, these people that I thought were my friends and whom I had helped prior, were revealed to be my haters and yes, a couple of them were trolls. I just didn’t get. I supported them – why were they taking this opportunity to tear me down? They seemed so offended at the good that was happening to me and it crushed me. One of the trolls, who despite what she taught from the Bible, worked overtime to discredit me and get me out of the way. It was as if all the times I was there for her never counted. But the good thing is I learned about setting boundaries and discernment and not assuming…ever! I now know that this this troll/hater/critic thing is all part of the territory. I am now more prepared and am not taken off guard so much. It still disappoints but I am grateful that I now know how to look for true “growth” friends (as blogger Jonathan Milligan calls it) and never, ever live looking for approval. Thank you for supporting up and coming authors.

  4. Gale Martin July 17, 2014 at 7:59 pm #

    Boy, I needed to hear this. I’ve had some really virulent reviewers. Okay, I can handle critics. I try to be a responsible critic every time out. I have misjudged critics as trolls, too. I have published three books and have experienced both trolls and haters. I never realized that the more successful someone is the more haters and trolls they attract. Thank you. You have validated the last nine years of my life’s work.

  5. Gale Martin July 17, 2014 at 8:22 pm #

    Okay, since you asked for hateful reviews, here is my most recent. Someone on Amazon who lives in the same area I do posted this one-star review. Note that this reviewer has only reviewed one book on Amazon–mine.

    “I do not find mean girl, high school shenanigans in an adult, professional setting or a heroine who can’t keep her pants on to be engaging, witty, comedic or entertaining. The writing’s not bad, but the story is unexpectedly puerile and graceless. So I guess it lives up to half its title.”

    I’m almost certain this is someone I know, exacting some revenge. Man, I was tempted to respond. But I won’t, thanks to your podcast.

    Thank you, gents!

    • Maci July 18, 2014 at 11:37 am #

      I’m glad you wrote about this and about your response. This is what I figured might happen to me and it was why, for a moment, I seriously considered avoiding Amazon. I didn’t want to give opportunity to a hateful enemy. Your response gives courage.

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