I love readers who take the time to write a review. Readers might not know how much this means to an author. Let me tell you - it means A LOT.
We spend countless hours alone in our heads with characters who
we'll never actually get to meet and then we release them into your
care. It's nice to know when the hard work has been enjoyed by someone.
When a reader takes the time to write a review this tells the world they
care about books. New authors, especially independents like myself,
can't make it without the help of engaged readers. Reviewers give us a
voice to reach other readers. I don't even mind the harsh reviews (well,
unless they're hurtful and offer zero constructive criticism). I try
not to invest my emotions in the harsher reviews, but rather try to
glean something from them. There's always something to learn and apply
moving forward. On the contrary, when I accidentally come across a
review that is just plain mean and pointless, I try to conjure up some
compassion for the person. I tell myself there must be something deeper
going on in their hearts and souls. Or . . . maybe they just really
hated the book.
One of the most important lessons I've learned is that you can't please everyone.
writing this to give a note of thanks to those who have taken the time
to share their thoughts with an endless sea of strangers. Thank you for
reading my words and sharing yours with me.
Keep writing. It saves lives.