Have you gotten a discouraging review on your story? If so, you have came to the right place. If not, then you might want to stick around and read the rest to get yourself prepared!
I have created a story on episode which received 158 reads and I am excited about that. Everyday I made sure to get people to read my story whether it was just asking a new follower on Instagram, asking reviewers for reviews, offering read for reads, or promoting my story on the forum. I did have two slight errors, but once a reviewer pointed out to me, I fixed it. Since then a lot of people said only good things… until yesterday.
I asked someone to review my story and they did. First I had to read their story though.
And their review for my story Confidential was not good at all!
They told me the things they didn’t like about it and I was upset at first. I was thinking “I worked way to hard to get a review just to say it sucks.” or "I spent all that time making sure this story was spot on and if people are telling me and showing me they put my story in their favorite collection without me asking them, how does my story suck?"
What to do if you received a negative review?
I know it might be hard but as a reviewer, they have to be honest and when you ask for a review, they are going to give you one. If they say something you didn’t like, think about what they said to you. Think to yourself whether it’s true or not? If not, keep it moving, if so, change it. Also, if you are getting just anyone to read your story, they might have some pointers for you to know, but if you want more of a detailed review, you got to go to those who dedicates themselves to reviewing stories on Instagram or here on the Forum.
How to get through the tough reviews?
You got to remember why you started to write in the first place. What made you interested to write your story on Episode? Who encouraged you and saw the potential in you to write the story? Try to remember your passion for writing. Remember how you feel while you wrote that story. But if I am being honest, if you are just concerned about views, then you shouldn’t worry about discouraging reviews. Now if you want to be a better Author/Writer then you have to take into consideration what they have said.
What if they asked me to read their story and it wasn’t as good as mine?
To be honest, I have gotten frustrated yesterday just because of this. The person had a lot to complain about but their story had a lot of errors. Don’t worry about it! Most likely they are doing reviews to get views on their story; not trying to better their story or themselves. So just focus on your story!
What to expect getting reviews?
Expect everything!! There might be a few who loves your story, but there will be some who won’t. If you get someone to review your story and they aren’t known on Instagram or the Forum as a reviewer, they are probably just going to tell you how they feel based on emotion and/or opinion. Not rating you on spelling, zooming, panning, spotting, etc. They will be times if you ask someone to review your story that aren’t known as a reviewer that won’t like your story just because of Genre. If you see them like a lot of romantic stories and that is all they post about, you might not want to get them to review your story if the genre is horror.
Where to go to find all-rounded reviewers?
Just as you use the Forum, use Instagram and look up hashtags whether it says episode edits, reviews, episode interactive, etc. You can also look up Instagram handles by just typing in episode_reviews. If you notice that they do a lot of reviews, they review with an outline, they give constructive criticism, then that means that they are dedicated to reviewing.
In closing I want to encourage all who are new to writing a story in general or in episode. It can get rough but I know if you push through it and work hard, it will all pay off.