Writing is an acquired skill. More accurately, it is a skill most often obtained with great expense in time, suffering, and effort. That being the case, the wise author gratefully accepts any opportunity to develop his or her craft. I would like to consider myself a wise author, and as a wise author I would realize that great ideas and constructive criticism comes from many different directions and different media. One of the best ways to get these helpful hints is from reviews or comments from readers.
Many people do not write reviews. I get it; I don’t write many myself. Except for books. I have made it a point to try to be conscientious in posting reviews for other books I read, partially to support other authors and partially just to express myself and my appreciation for their work. Looking at it from the point of view of an author, however, reviews and comments are of utmost importance.
Not only are reviews the lifeblood of a particular book, especially when it is newly published, but they are a goldmine of ideas on how to improve subsequent books. Good, bad, or indifferent, a well written and articulate review can be the difference between the author’s next book being a mediocre same-as-before work and a work of art. Truly, it is that important.
I, for one, appreciate reviews and comments. Sure, I appreciate high ratings in reviews and serious criticism in separate comments, but given a choice, I’d rather have a so-so review with specific points I can work on than no reviews. I promise that I read and consider every comment I receive and every little point left in reviews to determine new ways to improve or to tailor books in-process so that they are more enjoyable.
So, please, if you have comments on Vibrations (or the subsequent books when they come out soon) or you can think of a way that the story, writing style, formatting, or any other part of the publishing process can be improved, I would appreciate hearing about it. I know what parts of the story I like, and those I’m not too fond of, but I want to hear from you. Whether it’s in a review, an e-mail, or a comment posted on this web site, I will always consider it and will always appreciate it. I may not implement it (after all, there may be many others who disagree and I can’t please everyone), but don’t let that stop you.
I plan on writing for a long time, and I plan on making every new book better than the last. With your help, through your comments and reviews, I may just be able to do that. I appreciate you reading my stories and for visiting my web site. I hope to hear from you.