Jennifer Weiner wrestles with one of the more icky aspects of book touring:
"Meanwhile, something I've been grappling with as the tour and media shapes up: if a reporter writes something bitchy about your books, do you get a bye from ever having to talk to them, or do you have to live by the all-publicity-is-good-publicity-as-long-as-they-spell-your-name-right maxim and just suck it up?"
Another good reason for authors never to read reviews: you can be nice to all reviewers.
Publicist Susan Schwartzman talks about negative publicity on her new blog, and how a positive spin can be put on anything, no matter how nasty it is -- at least from the publicist's POV.
I could debate that, too, but I think we're all depressed enough. So back to Jennifer's dilemma: if you were on tour, and scheduled for an interview with a reporter who you know has already trashed you and/or your work, how would you handle it?