|Does reader feed-back help you?
Reader feed back was/is the only way I would keep going. The sequel is in the works because some of my biggest critics (and most trusted) my wife and mom - not kidding - thought highly of the book before it was published. It was that kind of reinforcement that allowed me to believe that what I have put out there is good enough to be there.
Never really pay attention to it. Except one time when I pissed off the NRA! That was hysterical!
It helps me very much! I read as many of my reviews as I can find. I have learned a lot from what readers say. They point out things that should be avoided and things they like. If most are saying the same things then that shows me I need to pay attention to what they are saying. I always keep reader suggestions in mind from my previous books when I write new ones. I believe it makes us better writers to hear what readers think about something we wrote or how we wrote it.
Yes. It's critical.
Yes. I love getting readers' thoughts. Those are the people I'm writing for, after all. I want them to be entertained and feel they have gotten their money's worth.
Reader feedback is more important than I can say. I take every comment seriously. My aim is to make every book better than the last, and the only way I know if I succeed is if readers tell me.
absolutely. Good, bad, preferrably good, but any feedback tells me I've reached someone.
I used to read my poems aloud in bars when I was in college. That's instant feedback. It can give you a swelled head. (My ex husband called me an "applause junkie") Expecting feedback from family from my books I've found is a lost cause. First they're afraid they are in the work, and when they actually read it, if they do (even given free copies) they remain strangely silent. Maybe they tell each other, but to me, a blank wall I don't understand. Total strangers have been freer in their critiques and feedback. Many times what someone says tells me more about what kind of reader they are than what I've written.
Very much so.
Yes and no. Yes for constructive feedback, and no for insulting comment for personal reason.
Always. When I seel a book at a signing, I always ask for feedback. I don't always like what the people have to say, but I do love hearing from each and every person who reads my books. At my last class reunion I wrote, read my books - become a fan. I find that usually when someone reads one of the books, they come back for more and that's the best compliment I can receive.
Yes, it makes me want to improve on my work. I look forward to constructive criticism.
Absolutely! In fact, my next book is almost completely questions posed to me by my readers, and my answer responses.
While I said write for yourself earlier, I think the writer who does not submit to some trusted reader's feedback has far too much ego to be a good writer. Any time I have been staring at the same text for a year or two (as I have been with the novel I've just completed), it becomes absolutely impossible to be dispassionate enough to effectively edit it or catch errors or the levels of subtlety (or lack thereof). Heck, after two years, I've got the thing memorized. An outsider is absolutely needed to make sure you have translated your idea from your imagination into a form that others can understand.
The selection of this individual, or group of individuals, is where problems can get into the system. What is needed are people who ideally read voraciously, have strong opinions and are not afraid to share them with you. Getting a thumbs-up from my mother might make me feel good, but getting one from someone who practically hates me otherwise is a lot better!
Depends. Someone nit-picking style? No. A well-motivated fan of the fairer gender knocking on my door late at night? Maybe.
I believe the only way you know that you have created something great is with reader feedback.
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