GUEST BLOG: How To Handle Negative Criticism by Carole P. Roman Plus Giveaway!

Negative reviews used to leave me in a state of panic. I’d read them and want to write the reviewer to make them understand what I was trying to say. How could they not like my book? Do they know how long it took me to put it together??? But I know that is a big no-no. You should never respond to a review, good or bad.

There are different types of reviewers out there. Many like to share their thoughts, others write the review for the entertainment of their own readership. Many reviews are insightful, but sometimes they are meanspirited and cruel.

When I’d read one of my negative reviews, I’d color up and think OMG, they’re right. How could I have been so stupid!

That’s the worst feeling- like you’re naked in front of an audience with toilet paper stuck to your foot. It’s horrible. It is humiliating.

But one day changed for me.

I stopped taking the reviews personally. I realized there are a million viewpoints, and just because someone didn’t like your work, I didn’t have to think I was a total failure.

I began studying those reviews and thinking about what they were saying. Soon, their comments played an important role in the creation of new work. I considered it constructive criticism rather than an attack. I didn’t listen to everything, but I did take into account what they were saying.

I told myself that putting a book out there is just like life. You’re going to meet people that just don’t like you, and that’s okay. We can’t please everybody.

About The Book

Publication Date: July 18, 2022

Grady Whill and the Templeton CodexTempleton Academy- the superhero high school is finally open!

The prestigious academy is recruiting the best of the best to enroll in its student body.

The school is as mysterious as it is exclusive.

Grady Whill thinks there is nothing special about him to make the grade.

However, his best friend, Aarush Patel has been selected and thinks Grady has the right stuff.

Even school bully Elwood Bledsoe is attending.

If Grady is fortunate enough to be picked, his guardian has forbidden him to attend.

Will a family secret prevent Grady from becoming the superhero he was destined to be?



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About The Author

Carole P. Roman is the award-winning author of over fifty children’s books. Whether it’s pirates, princesses, spies, or discovering the world around us, her books have enchanted educators, parents, and her diverse audience of children of all ages.

Her best-selling book, The Big Book of Silly Jokes for Kids: 800+ Jokes! has reached number one on Amazon in March of 2020 and has remained in the top 200 books since then.

She published Mindfulness for Kids with J. Robin Albertson-Wren.

Carole has co-authored two self-help books. Navigating Indieworld: A Beginners Guide to Self-Publishing and Marketing with Julie A. Gerber, and Marketing Indieworld with both Julie A. Gerber and Angela Hausman.

Roman is the CEO of a global transportation company, as well as a practicing medium.

She also writes adult fiction under the name Brit Lunden and has created an anthology of the mythical town of Bulwark, Georgia with a group of indie authors.

Writing is her passion and one of her favorite pastimes. Roman reinvents herself frequently, and her family calls her the ‘mother of reinvention.’ She resides on Long Island, near her children and grandchildren.


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Dayna Linton
Dayna Linton
Dayna is the owner of not only Novels Alive but of Day Agency, a full-service self-publishing agency for independent authors. She has been assisting independent authors to achieve their dreams of becoming published authors for over 15 years. From New York Times and USA Today Bestselling authors to the first-time author to every author in between. Dayna is a self-professed bibliophile. While dancing has always been her first love, reading came as a very, very close second, with gardening coming in as a close third. Dayna is also the divorced mom of four adult children and a very proud grandma. She is also a web designer, social media specialist, book blogger, and reviewer. She's a long-time Disney lover and a Utah Jazz, Utah Utes, and Dallas Cowboys fan. See Dayna's reviews here: Dayna's Reviews


  1. I enjoyed reading the guest blog and I enjoyed reading the excerpt, Grady Whill and the Templeton Codex sounds like an awesome read for the kids to enjoy!

    Thanks for sharing it with me and have a terrific day!

  2. Thank you for sharing your guest post, bio and book details, I have enjoyed reading this post and I am looking forward to reading this book and series with my grandchildren


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