Unless the book is meant to spark controversy where a "bad" review is just as valuable as a "good" review, I wouldn't include it.
Plus--consider the source. Did this "bad" review come from a credible review source or is it a customer review? Some people may take a small snipit from the "bad" review that sounds positive...considering it's taken out of context. But that's risky, IMO. People who get press kits understand that review quotes can come from good or bad reviews, and unless they intend to follow the source, they take it for what it is.
But on the whole, no, don't include it. Press kits are supposed to put things in a positive light.
I truly agree with Rasana, I wouldn't include it too :-( I'm a very positive person so definitely I will only include positive reviews. :-)
Hi, Mia, thank you for your feedback. I really apprecaite it.
I know this question was posted a while ago but I recently published my first ebook (A Love like This). I've gotten one negative review (so far) and it was devastated. I'm working on developing a thicker skin but in the mean time I wont be reading any more reviews.
Kimberly, I know how it feels when your book gets a bad review. Your book "Love Like This" sounds familiar. Is it on Public BookShelf. My book Shades of Deception is there, and one person gave it a negative review without even reading all of the short stories. The person read two out of ten stories and decided that the content was the same and could not go any further, in addition, the person thought the characters' names were silly. Another reader thought it was an excellent novel and was hoping that the book could be translated in Chinese. Then I got a five star rating and a positive review for the same book on Amazon. I think I can say that just about every author whether famous or unknown as gotten at least one negative review. Don't take negative reviews personal and don't let them prevent you from reading more reviews about your book. Each individual will see something different in the book he or she reads. It give one minutes and keep on writing. Best wishes to you.
Yes, "A Love Like this," is on the public bookshelf. I offer the chapters free and it's gotten pretty good reviews so far. The person who wrote my negative review only downloaded two chapters. I figured out how to delete her post but it still bothers me.
Some of my favorite authors received terrible feedback from readers. Intellectually I know that my writing won't appeal to everyone so I have to learn to take the good with the bad. I'm going to take a look at Shades of Deception. Thank you for the advice, I really appreciate it!
Thank you Zetta. Point well taken.
Hmmm, haven't crossed that bridge yet... LOL - I'm out of this one for the time being.