How to Deal with Negative Criticism by Pembroke Sinclair – Guest Blog and Giveaway

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How to handle negative criticism

As an author, I put myself in the world. I put my work out there for people to see, and I open myself up to criticism. Being in public means that anyone can comment or have an opinion on what I do. With the ability to be anonymous online, some people use that as an opportunity to say mean things. And that’s fine. They’re entitled to their opinion. I don’t let it get me down. I can’t. If I focused on the bad, I would never write again, and that would make me miserable.

Whether or not a person likes or doesn’t like my work won’t stop me from doing what I enjoy. It’s always nice when people DO like it because it makes me happy to know I’m making other people happy. But if they don’t, the sun will still rise tomorrow and I will continue to create. I get to decide how I react to negative criticism, and I choose not to let it bother me.

I’ve had a few bad reviews in my career thus far, and I can assume I’ll have more as time goes on. Not everyone is going to like what I write. And I’m not going to write to try to please them. I’m going to write what I want to write, and if people enjoy it, hooray! If they don’t, that’s their right.

The fact of the matter is that all authors get negative reviews—even the famous ones. Stephen King, J.K. Rowling, Anne Rice—you name them, they’ve gotten bad reviews. If I get a bad review, it’s par for the course, and I remind myself that I’m in good company.

Along with negative criticism also comes positive feedback. I take the good with the bad, and I’m just happy that people are reading and reacting to my work.

MediaKit_BookCover_DealingWithDevilsDating a demon has its advantages, like helping deliver souls to Hell. Wait…what?

Katie’s world has been turned upside down. She’s fallen for Josh—despite the fact that he’s a demon from Hell. Wes is finally out of her system and her life. Convinced she can change Josh, she sets out to make him a better person, only to find out things aren’t as simple as she’d originally thought. For one thing, Josh has Katie help him deliver souls to Hell, and she kind of likes it. And to top it off, other more powerful demons are battling for her soul, and revelations from the past could change the course of her life forever.

Enjoy an excerpt:

Katie leaned against the railing, staring into the night. A warm breeze touched her face, bringing with it the scent of salt and fish. Every so often, droplets of water touched her skin as the waves lapped against the side of the boat. The bass from the music that played behind her vibrated through her feet and into her chest. Lights flashed at her back, throwing her shadow onto the waves below in spastic fashion. She took a deep breath and squinted her eyes. On the far horizon, just to her right, she could barely make out the lights of Liberty Island. She sighed again and leaned forward farther, resting her elbows on the railing.

She had always wanted to see New York. She and Deb had tentatively planned a trip for the summer after graduation, before going to college. Katie thought maybe it would be a trip to orient herself with the city—attending college in the city was high on her list of things she wanted to do—but she hadn’t decided where to go yet. In fact, it was the last thing on her mind at the moment. She needed to get her life back first before deciding what she was going to do with it. As usual, when Josh had showed up in her room earlier tonight and asked her to come with him, she couldn’t bring herself to say no. She knew the possibility existed that she would be involved in something unpleasant such as witnessing Josh taking a soul, but she told herself she was going to stop it this time. She wouldn’t stand idly by.

About the Author:MediaKit_AuthorPhoto_DealingWithDevilsPembroke Sinclair is a literary jack of all trades, playing her hand at multiple genres. She has written an eclectic mix of fiction ranging from horror to sci-fi and even some westerns. Born in Rock Springs, Wyoming–the home of 56 nationalities–it is no wonder Pembroke ended up so creatively diverse. Her fascination with the notions of good and evil, demons and angels, and how the lines blur have inspired her writing. Pembroke lives in Laramie, Wyoming, with her husband, two spirited boys, a black lab named Ryder, and a rescue kitty named Alia, who happens to be the sweetest, most adorable kitty in the world! She cannot say no to dessert, orange soda, or cinnamon. She loves rats and tatts and rock and roll and wants to be an alien queen when she grows up.

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Comments

  1. Thanks for hosting!

  2. Karen H says:

    Enjoyed reading the excerpt today.

  3. Pembroke Sinclair says:

    Thank you for having me on your blog!

  4. Shannon says:

    I like that you are a literary jack of all trades. I enjoy reading a wide variety myself

  5. Ree Dee says:

    Thank you for your thought on negative criticism. It’s something that everyone encounters but what you say is true. If what is being criticized makes/made you happy, just do it! Someone people live their whole lives just being critical!

  6. Do you work to an outline or plot or do you prefer just see where an idea takes you?

  7. Nikolina says:

    Enjoyed reading the “How to handle negative criticism” part of today’s post, thank you!

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