Absolutely. I really encourage reader feed-back and respond to it every time. My web sites include a way for readers to get in touch with me and ask further questions, and I am always looking for ways to improve my books - both the readability and the usefulness of the information they contain.
Reader feedback is very important, of course, but not all of it is helpful. You need to treat praise and criticism in the same way - learn what you can from it and allow for personal preferences.
I don't get as much as I used to. I've drifted apart from the one friend who would provide the majority of my feedback, although now I think that's a good thing -- I need feedback from different people in order to develop as much as possible.
Feed-back from readers is incredibly envigorating it encourages me to be better in my craft.
Yes, yes, yes. I am a member of three writing groups and submit all my stuff to all three. Additionally I co-opt someone trusted to give valid criticism and spot my mistakes to go through it thoroughly. You get too close to your own work to see it properly. Feedback is great when its good, helpful when its critical. You need to follow your nose though, and take on board what you think will help you and ditch the rest. If you give your work to five people and four of them come up with similar criticisms, they're probably right. Not much point giving it to your favourite aunty though, unless she's a literary guru or you're in dire need of a confidence boost.
Absolutely. It's vital. Unqualified criticism - e.g. "That's rubbish" - is no use at all, because if something you've written is rubbish you really need to know why. Similarly, unqualified praise - e.g "I loved that!" - is not hugely constructive, but it does at least give you a warm fuzzy feeling inside and so is entirely welcome.
My readers are so full of questions that my email is full... they don't give me feedback they give me questions and want spoilers.
Yes! I crave feedback, and as I've written more and more, I find it honestly helpful. My readers catch things I never would have thought of and it gives me the chance to go back and fix things.
Yes it helps. But I stay true to who I am.
For those who have read my stories, it helps tremendously. I am so involved with my stories I miss things because I know why the characters do things and sometimes, with the revisions, I forget to convey that in print.
Definitely. Love to know what people think. I may often react and disagree but it makes me think.
Absolutely. If I'm putting something out into the world than feedback becomes like food and air. Constructive criticism can be great. It lets me target areas of my work which I can improve upon next time. I always find it useful and I hate to think what my work would be today without the feedback I've received over the years.
Yes, of course.