Yes, it does, though you have to know when to ignore it as well, or you end up changing everything and have an unrecognisable book. But if there are trends, it helps pinpoint those, and you know that enough people have found a particular bit confusing/boring/unnecessary or whatever, and it helps you improve your book. Then someone comes along and says, 'I absolutely loved such and such' and you think, 'Oh God, I've just changed that.' It can be confusing at times.
Absolutely! I can't imagine why the answer to this question would ever be "no." It is true that I may not take every suggestion and thought from my readers and put it into motion, but I do value opinions and desires and thoughts from others. It is important to have a sense of validation that what I am doing is getting where it needs to go and having the intended effect. Only readers can give that! It's also interesting to see what people may be thinking that I hadn't counted on, or that I hadn't seen or thought of myself. As a writer, I'm never going to see all of my mistakes or subliminal suggestions until someone points them out to me.
The feed-back of my writing partner help when I'm writing the novel. Oftentimes, I think I've shown something I haven't shown. Or a scene lacks heart, or the setting and description isn't quite right. So my writing partners help immensely.
When the book is published I'm always happy to hear that it as touched someone.
A few trusted readers - yes.
It depends. If it's a commercial venture, designed for a specific audience (for network television, for example, or a mainstream movie), feedback is desired. But you have to be thickskinned about it, and know what to use, and what to ignore.
Very much so.
yes and no. if i learn from it, which i often do, it helps. if it is some right-wing rush limbaugh asshole i delete it without reading it.
Only my writer friends offer creative feedback. My regular readers are very polite.
Reader feedback can help, but mostly needs to be filtered. As an artist, I compare comments received from an artist site like Icompositions.com and youtube. Icompositions.com allows artists to collaborate better, and so criticism is more related to the piece examined. Youtube has a far larger, transient audience, and most of the comments left are abusive for the same items. I have read stories to kids in year 7 or 8 and they have told me they like them, and years later they said they really liked them. Abusers don't come back (often).
Sometimes, yes. Other times... well, haha, we'll leave that be.
It can, it can also make me depressed. People telling me that I have not articulated myself in a way that they understand can both help me write better and make me feel worse about what I have created.
Occasionally, yes. But the comments are so general that you tend to ignore them.
I welcome reader feed back be it good or bad. I think that it helps an author to write much better or give them a sense of what a reader is wanting to read.