Reader feedback is an essential part of growth. Without feedback, we are unaware of our mistakes or our potential.
What I hear from my readers helps me in the direction my stories are going to go.
Yes and no. Is it relevent?
Reader feed-back is very helpful.
Yes and no. I love to get comments but since I write for me the comments are added benefits. What I like about reader comments is the fact that what I wrote made them 'think' enough to even bother to comment. My writing is aimed at making people think.
Certainly. All communication should be target-audience oriented, especially if it is to sell well, and so it would be bad marketing not to listen to feedback from one's audience.
Yeah, it can help a lot.
I'm fairly new, so I've not received a lot of feed-back. But I will say there is no thrill like receiving an e-mail, snail mail letter, or note from a reader. I have one that I keep close by when I'm writing. When the inner editor (I call him George) starts up, I read her letter and tell George to take a hike.
Yes. I really appreciate reader feedback. It helps me grow as an author and as a person.
|It has been said that imitation is the highest form of flattery. So what does it mean, when people tell you that they feel like they know you, because they have lived a little—or a lot—through the lives of the characters that you have incorporated into your work? By the same token, what do you say to these same people who have declared that your work is better and richer than he who is recognized as the “Paradigm of Horror”, by Roget’s Super Thesaurus?
For me it is an endearing and glowing compliment of the highest degree, filled with kindness and grace, which exalts and humbles me. And by doing so, it only encourages me all the more to do the best I can to try and provide quality work and entertainment for you.
“This Next Installment” of "Darkness Within" is dedicated to all those who have stepped aboard “The Pariah Train” while it was still in the station, and to one dear friend who is also my advocate, and will soon be known by name when time finds the precise and perfect moment to recognize her, even as I have recognized her for her glowing compliments, endearing words, and encouragement. Her wit, her charm, her grace and kindness, are still incomparable to her beauty and the spirit that radiates within her.
To all of you who have found your way here to this precise moment in time, and told me that you feel as if you know me, because you have lived a little—or a lot—of the lives that I put into my characters to make them credible, and by your declarations, admiration, and love, have made the richness of each character more incredible to me than I ever could imagine since the day I first breathed life into them.
In just two months time, the passengers aboard “The Pariah Train” have grown from 3 strangers, to 300+ known individuals! And although that may not seem like a lot to some people—especially not to some publishers—to me it is the world! You enjoy what I do, give meaning to it, and I will continue doing what I do—and as long as you continue to enjoy it, I will spin out tales and entertainment, and we will see just how big this train can be.
A lot of you have told me that the reason you haven’t left comments, is either because you didn’t know what to say, or you realized that you had to belong to certain communities in order to leave said comments in order to be heard, and you would rather send you words directly to me. With all sincerity I embrace them! However, others will never know what it is you have said to me, unless you get out on the web and the blogs and start leaving comments! Some of you have already started to promote me, by placing my book covers on your sites and various blogs, this does more for me than my publisher has ever done in five years!!
Then you turn around and ask me how that makes me feel—some of you knowing the arduous steps that it took to get here. Well…I am not a best-selling author at this time, and I may never be one, but you all have made me feel that my goal—my dream, isn’t as insurmountable as it previously seemed. You make me feel wanted, needed, accepted, in a world where we all thought that we were strangers—where no one wanted to hear or believe our words. I heard you all, and you heard me, and sometimes that has to be enough to keep us going and playing this inexplicable game, for some inexplicable prize, because of some inexplicable price.
You are all champions in my world! And some of you have had to lose everything time and again, before you arrived at this inexplicable moment in time for me to tell you how truly wonderful you are! I wish that I had the moon and stars to give you, but most of you know that because that is not possible, I give what I can…and it comes from the heart—and that was enough to bring you here, and it means all the world to me…
I don’t know where this train is bound for, but it can only be right, with you all by my side…
Without your words I would have no voice, I thank you all graciously for giving me that voice. If not for you…
Many of you have asked me to read your work and give you my views on it; others have given me your work to promote it. To say that I am a busy man would belabor the obvious; I have school and studies, and I have projects nearing completion, and on the back-burner. However, I have a list. And each one of you is on that list, and I will get to you as time permits. But remember, you won’t hurt my feelings by reminding me that you have work that you either want read or promoted; it is the squeaky wheel that gets the oil, or the grease, or whatever the agent is being called at this time. Stay safe. Be good to yourselves, and each other…prejudice is not an option…
All feedback helps the writer, not just readers. Critique groups, a spouse, a friend you trust, people in general you trust.
Feedback from any source is good. It will help you see what is and what isn't working in a story or article, or whatever you happen to be writing.
No. I don't ask they don't tell me. I hope they like the books, and some tell me they do. But they don't tell me how to make my characters better.
Yes, it has kept me going against the odds and I try and learn something from both negative and positive feedback
Tremendously. I have to know if my story was well received, and what people thought were the best aspects of it. I also learn a lot by listening to people who give me healthy critiques. I learn new things everyday.