Those Reviews

Laura FrantzHistory, how readers help, Inspiration, Novel News, Uncategorized, Writing

I’m blessed by readers who enjoy my books and then leave reviews about what the story meant to them. I also admire those who might not enjoy a book but point out what they do and don’t like in a gracious, helpful way.

Good reviews are like the finest chocolate. Here’s one and I call literary. You can tell the writer, an author herself, knows her craft well and has a deep love for the written word. What a joy to read! If you’ve not met Rachel McMillan, she’s an amazing wordsmith!

Many reviews are short & sweet. I’m blessed by one word reviews like “Great!” Some reviewers explain what the book meant to them personally. These heartfelt summations make very worthwhile reading and allow an author a rare glimpse into a reader’s head and heart. No one can refute what a book means to you. Every person is unique so every review is unique, a gift from their perspective, much like a person’s fingerprint.

From a marketing standpoint, good reviews drive sales. And the more reviews, the better. Amazon even sits up and takes notice when a book reaches 50 reviews and then they bump the book up to another, better level of exposure. Publishing is a business though my creative mind and heart views a book differently.

When my debut novel, The Frontiersman’s Daughter, released almost ten years ago, I read even the one stars in hopes of improving my writing and learning from them. But I found that what one person hated another loved. My publisher told me it takes at least three or more positive reviews to overcome the sting of one negative review. I confess I don’t usually read reviews now unless a reading friend sends me a link.

So for readers who enjoy a book and care enough to leave a review ~ huge, heartfelt thanks!