I’m used to getting a lot of rejection for my writing, since I’ve been writing novels for fifteen years (and, to put that in horrifying perspective, the first is coming out in 2016). I can only assume I take some kind of perverse joy in such things.
It’s frustrating when someone gives the book one star because they think it should be free… but it’s nothing to do with me.
It’s frustrating when someone hates the setting… but at least that means I really have managed to be original (especially when there are two 5-star reviews for every 1-star review). I’m absolutely embracing the controversy, since I know it gets people talking…and buying. At the same time, it’s sad to see an average rating of under 4 stars when I know the book deserves better.
It’s painful when there’s a genuine mistake and someone points it out and now the entire world knows - that’s the worst, because it’s my fault. But all I can do about that is write the best gamebook possible, and then make my next gamebook even better.
In a way, reviewers are free beta readers. I’m always grateful for free editors (even the morons, because they can give me ideas of things that might make the next book sell better).
So yes, it hurts sometimes - especially when I know I’ve screwed up - but it’s worth it.
Have a look at the apple store for some furiously negative reviews (the heading at present are “Offal” and “Nothing good here”). I guarantee someone out there will hate your book that much, but don’t worry - you’re not alone.