© by Gerald So | geraldso.blogspot.com | 9:20 A.M.
In the past week or so, I've heard the latest case of an author reacting badly to a negative review. I won't go into detail as I'm sure it won't be the last case I hear.
The correct reaction to reviews is to have no reaction. Ideally we let our work go, and readers may say what they will about it. However, I understand the lingering attachment to one's work. To the writer, the work can be intensely personal and involve getting in touch with one's emotions.
My solution is not to repress reaction, but to have it, if I must, in private. What's said in a review may hurt me, but if the review was truly written maliciously, my hurt reaction is exactly what the reviewer wants to see, and a public reaction is more likely to reflect badly on me than on the reviewer.
Get any frustration out in private, and maintain a professional front.