I want to take a minute today to write about something that is so important to all writers who release books.
As a writer, I feel there’s nothing more important than knowing what your readers think of your books. Whether you’re writing a standalone story, or a series of novels set around one character or in a fictional world, you need to know your readers are right there with you. The problem with this is that it’s so difficult to get readers to give you feedback.
We rely on this feedback to build on the stories we write, to give our readers what they want from our novels but we can’t do that unless those readers take a few minutes out to let us know. This can be in the form of a personal message, quick email, etc and that’s great. But, for a writer, the best form of feedback is a public review of the book you’ve read. Whether you’ve loved it or hated it, we want to know. We really do!
I know there are a few writers out there who don’t enjoy getting negative reviews (who does like hearing that someone doesn’t like something you’ve put your blood, sweat and tears into?) but even negative reviews have their usages. When written correctly, they can pinpoint issues or show areas that we are struggling to convey. Writing a review that consists of “This sucks, don’t read it.” isn’t helpful, but a well worded criticism is often more helpful than a glowing one.
Positive reviews are just as important. That tells people who have similar interests that the book you’re reading might be one they will enjoy too. Again writing “This is great.” while a very nice stroke to the ego for which all writers will thank you, it doesn’t go far into telling what you enjoyed about it (and, in turn, giving the writer a hint of what might be worth focusing on further).
So, give your authors some love. Spend five minutes writing a review on the book you’ve read. Post it on Amazon Goodreads, Librarything, link to it on FB or Twitter. Like their FB pages, follow their Twitter accounts.
Let us know you’re interested in what we’re doing. The more we see that, the more we write. We love our readers, we write for them. We need to know you’re there!