The Kind of Review You Want To Receive

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We all want to have out work reviewed favorably by readers. This is, after all, why we write – well, we actually write to be read, but it’s nice when those who read are positively impressed by what we’ve written. Over the years, I’ve received comments, both positive and negative, from readers. I don’t solicit comments – somehow, that is one step I’m reluctant to take. It’s far better when readers comment of their own volition, whether or not they like my books.

Sometimes, the shortest comments have the greatest impact. I think the review that has really made me feel good, was a sort of backhanded compliment, but, as it was unsolicited, I feel it really reflects the feeling of the individual who wrote it. Furthermore, in a few short words, it summed up my writing style. This, my friends, is the kind of reaction I think we, as writers, should be striving for.

This was a reader review of my latest Al Pennyback mystery, Death From Unnatural Causes.

It kept my interest and was an easy and quick read. I liked the main characters.
Not a fantastic piece of literature, but I might read this author again.

Was I wrong? You tell me.


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4 thoughts on “The Kind of Review You Want To Receive

    Chris James said:
    March 9, 2013 at 8:00 pm

    I think you’re not wrong – the sense of distance in the review shows that your book touched them enough to make their feeling known, and that comes back to you in you knowing that you entertained that reader.


    georgefloreswrite said:
    March 10, 2013 at 3:48 am

    Kept their interest and they might read you again if they come upon another of your books? I’d be happy. I agree with Chris James too that taking the time to comment is a big flag. I doubt most even bother to comment.


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