Feb 17,2017 | Terri Luckey
Several people have told me that they don’t like to share their opinions, even if it’s positive. I understand their reluctance. No one wants that dreaded label, “opinionated,” used to describe them. And even if we say something like, “I loved such and such movie”, there’s often someone else who will say, “I hated it.” They might even list a reason that makes us regret telling them we loved it. Maybe they found something offensive we didn’t even catch. UGH.
But authors love to hear opinions, especially when they’re positive. I visited my hometown last weekend, and a couple of people came up to me after church to tell me how much they had enjoyed my books. It thrilled me to hear that and it made my day. I was really glad they sought me out.
I’ve also had some negative feedback, too. Yeah, it happens to all writers. We can’t please everyone. Writing is an art form, and like any art, it’s very subjective. One person may love a particular style while another can’t stand it. I still value the opinion because it can make me a better writer.
Writing books is a lonely occupation. When I worked for media organizations, there was feedback from other staff members, but now I have to seek out other people’s opinions to learn what I’m doing right or wrong. So I send my manuscripts to a critique group, beta readers and an editor to get their advice. And because of them, my books are much better. Then on the last page of every book, I ask my readers to leave me a review. Reviews are REALLY important to authors.
Amazon and other distributor’s judge most retail goods by how many good reviews they receive, and so do customers. Amazon will accept a review even if you don’t purchase the book from there and they make it really easy to do.
Do you share your opinion or give reviews? Why or why not? Leave a comment and let me know.