How to Muscle Through a Bad Review

First: Scream into a pillow. Second: Look away.

Photo by Lacie Slezak on Unsplash

There was quite a dust-up on the World Wide Interwebs the other day when a writer bashed a reviewer for a cranky review of the writer’s forthcoming book. Actually, to be accurate, it was a four-out-of-five star review, which most writers would consider enthusiastic. Much of the angry response was not directed toward the…



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Susan Orlean

Staff writer, The New Yorker. Author of The Library Book, The Orchid Thief, and more…Head of my very own book club (join me!)