Yes. I have no problem with readers telling me how great my work is. No one else need apply.
I always look for feedback from others as I progress through the editing process. I typically write a first draft and get input from one person, then get input from several people on each draft after that. Comments and critiques are important to the writing process; they let me know where my writing is perhaps not as strong as it could be.
Whether reader feedback helps me depends on the reader. The feedback I rely on most is that of the audience I write for. If children don't like it, they won't read it. Next, I rely on those with experience writing for the young adult and middle grade fiction crowd. They have a sense of what works with young readers.
Feedback and critique from an adult unfamiliar with the genre or unfamiliar with what attracts young readers has no value for me.
Yes, the kind I got from the professional writers who taught me at Bennington. The average person's comments do not help
In the last few years, absolutely. My pre-readers have kept me going when I probably wouldn't have had the guts to keep plodding on (due to the topics of my books) or the strength.
I've been fortunate to have wonderful writer friends who have worked with enormous patience, trying to beef my work up. (I'm dyslexic, only have a high school education, and grammar and I don't see eye to eye!)
Sometimes yes, sometimes no. There are readers whose opinion I value very much, and there are readers who just don't 'get' it. As authors, we need to understand that not all feedback is good, and it's fine to discount something that just feels wrong. Use your gut and your head.
Yes, actually. Comments and criticism are both good and bad. On the one hand, the more you hear from others about your work, the more you can understand how you are being received, where you might have issues, etc. On the other, however, you might end up listening to people who either dislike you or read some of your work knowing full well that it wasn't for them. Then again, sometimes your writing sucks and people often want to call authors out on that. Regardless, when you do receive useful criticism, it can help you grow as a writer not only because you'll find problems worth fixing, but also because a writer with thick skin and an appropriate public attitude is far more likely to succeed in the real world than an bitter old curmudgeon.
Only if it's favorable. Adverse criticism is dulling, like Novcaine
I love feedback from my readers. Sometimes you're just writing things and you don't know whether they are any good or not. Feedback helps put it in perspective.
To some extent. It tells me what they liked and the characters they'd like to see more of.
Yes it does. My debut novel has gotten several good reviews so far.