Friday, April 20, 2012
Authors on Reviews: To Comment or Not to Comment?
Book reviews via the web have begun to take another turn. The more you look, the better chance you have finding someone who is willing to review your book. Reviews help others to see if there's a chance they would like to purchase the work and read it. But what happens when you have someone review your work and they post a review your not very happy with? Do you comment on it or leave it alone?
Here at The Writing World, I believe it's always right to comment on those posts. It doesn't matter what type of review it was. In my opinion, the reviewer took time out of their day to read your work and then took that extra step to write down their thoughts on the work. I'm not saying to voice how you feel within your comment. But I think the time should be taken for a small "Thank you for reviewing my work. I appreciate all my reviews and take each of them very serious." - Or something close to it.
I do book reviews. Do I like giving the books I read a negative review? No, I don't. I'm a writer myself. But it's not going to help anyone if I pretend it was the best book in the universe. Instead of crawling under your bed with your tail between your legs because you just read a bad review, I think the author should take each review and find the useful aspects of them. Sometimes this is the only way we can see what we need to work on within other books we write.
So, do you comment? Yes. When my work gets out there, I will be more than happy to read each review and thank the reviewer in an email regardless of the type of review. Many people/authors don't realize how much time some put into reviewing other peoples work. It's not easy to post a less than perfect review. So, I think it's the right thing to do. Acknowledge the reviewer for taking time out of their day and even their work so they can spend a little bit of time helping you out.
I feel reviews are only part of what make us better. We learn from them. We take them into consideration when we write our next book. I think it takes a great writer to use their bad reviews for good.
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