Dare to Be You!
There is only one way to avoid criticism:
do nothing, say nothing, and be nothing.
When we set out to be published authors, we know that we're taking a chance on ourselves. But it's even more than that. We're taking a chance on our writing, and for most of us, it's a very personal matter.
We've made sacrifices to get our work to the point it can be published, and at some point, there's going to be someone who doesn't quite love our stories as much as we do. This can hurt -- a lot. But we don't give up!
Aristole said it best above. I don't know about you but I'd rather get out there and reach those who do love my work. I rather be something than nothing.
And, this piece of advice doesn't just apply to writing. It applies to every area of our lives. If it makes you happy, if it fills a need in your soul, then it's worth the risk. Be true to yourself and dare to be you!