Immensely. I love to hear how I am read. I am fascinated by reviews.
Readers feed back does help me to write better stories which they can enjoy more.
Yes, yes, and most definitely yes.
It depends on who the reader is. I usually pick major film buffs or people high up in the business for feed-back before I let anyone else read my material. Feed-back is important but you have to take it with with a pinch of salt and stay true to who you are. Especially if you're just writing for yourself.
I love it when someone reads my poem and sees something that I did not. I am humbled and grateful.
Step One: Read over the Test before Answering Any Questions. Missed that one.
Yeah. If it's real. Dismissing any trolls providing lolocaustic feedback because someone gave them keyboards, feedback can be helpful. Particularly, as mentioned above, when I get someone to read me a book so I can hear which words stand out. If a sentence relates that 'he didn't go in', and I assume it's '*he* didn't go in', and the reader reads that 'he *didn't* go in', then I know I've miswritten a sentence; it should be 'he waited outside', or whatever.
On the other hand, nothing creeps me more than people telling me what I should put in a book. I get that a lot, and it makes me wanna hurt people. 'I was watching SouthPark and--you know what you should put in a book?!?' No. I know what *you* should put in a book, and see whether anyone cares; I don't personally need ghostwriters telling me to steal someone's jokes.
Yes, a lot. I once got a bad review and took it to heart. The lady said my English was bad, so I went and found an editor. Linda is the best. She was an English teacher for 40 years.
Someone wrote she did not understand that the book she bought was part of a series, so I started to number the books with big numbers on the cover.
I recently had someone tell me she loved the way I described my characters and that took immediately a lot of doubt away for me.
On the other hand, I always ask somebody to write a review the moment a book comes out because I noticed there are negative 'star-hackers' around, who give you a one star book review so nobody will buy it.
very much so,
Sometimes. You have to be careful who you listen to. Sometimes readers just want to be heard or rant, no necessarily about you and what you wrote. Sometimes you are just a pretext. Do not listen to those. But sometimes you get really good insight and ideas from readers. Telling the difference is tricky.
As I'm a first-time novelist that has just started vol. 2, my experience is truly limited. From that limited experience I can say that feedback helps tremendously if given constructively. Professional feedback is great for that. However, plain meanness has never helped anyone. If someone was to tell me I'm no good and my books should be burned to dust, that would mainly encourage me to keep writing. So, I guess it would have been helpful in a way, too!
Feedback in any form is helpful.
Yes. Although it might take a while before I fully appreciate the feedback. But you have to filter it. You can have contradictory feedback so you have to accept that which resonates with your inner doubts and discard that which you think is irrelevant or which just doesn't 'get' what you're trying to do.