Reviews are wanted and indeed needed by every author. Self-published authors need to know what readers think of their books.
The writer has slaved over their work for months or even years to write and publish their work. They need to know how it is being received by readers just like you. Did you like it? did you read the first chapter and toss it away? Would you recommend it to a friend?
Every author is looking for that glowing review that their book is wonderful, terrific characters, the plot keep the reader engaged and the pages turning. For authors just starting out that rarely happens. There are a lot of bumps in the road before and if that type of review comes along.
There might be some soul crushing reviews coming the author's way. I've had a couple that made me doubt that I should be writing at all.
Then I'll be at an event and a customer will come up to me and say how much they enjoyed my last book. That's the person I'm writing for. I ask every customer to post a review on Amazon. Very few do. "I need the world to know what you thought of my book."
A lot of so called professional reviews are paid for these days. Kirkus charges almost $500 for a review. What if you pay the money and the review of your book is crushing? You have paid all this money and can't use the review to tell the world how wonderful your new book is. You pick yourself up and learn from it. Could your characters be better? Was your plot unique and different? Did you get a developmental edit or use a critique group to enhance your work?
All these things make for a better book and will get you on the road to being a better writer.
All reviews are useful, good and bad. Enjoy the good and learn from the bad.
Please leave a comment and start a conversation. Have a question? I'll try and answer it.
From the active mind of Brenda M. Spalding