As writers, this is what we’re told. If someone goes out of their way to leave your book a one-star review at Amazon, let them. Just ignore it. Walk away like nothing happened.
Really? You mean I’ve spent the past however many years of my life learning how to stand up for myself, learning how to articulate my feelings so that I can draw a clear line as to what kind of treatment I’ll tolerate, for nothing?
I’ve yet to receive a one-star review (I’m new here, I haven’t received many reviews at all) but I can see myself struggling with this advice in the future. Now, if the review is in the form of constructive criticism, I can take that. I have taken that from fellow writers I greatly admire, many of whom I consider friends. But an abusive reviewer, one whose sole purpose is to take me down a notch? I don’t know about that.
We’re all protagonists in our own stories but I tell you what, I don’t mind playing the bad guy every once in a while. If that means briefly joining the slugs and slime of society in the ditch, hold my glasses. I don’t see why standing up for someone (including yourself) when a troll is slinging mud at them is a bad thing.
I don’t think you should let people bully you, even if you are a writer. Especially if you’re a writer. You spend your time developing a particular set of skills that make you a nightmare for people like this. Why would you let anyone bully you?