If you’re a long-term author, you may have decided to ignore reviews of your books altogether, and for good reason. Even the best novelists make an effort to avoid book reviews. Why? Because some reviews are discouraging. Authors read not just opinions, but also insults. Writing a stellar piece of literature and attracting a flood of positive opinions and reviews is not enough. You are still bound to stumble upon a negative critic so discouraging that it might debilitate your ability to work. Book reviews are powerful weapons. These opinions can raise the esteem of authors while other times they can bring them down to the lowest depths.

 

WHY AUTHORS SHOULD READ BOOK REVIEWS

While it might go against every instinct in your body, there is actually value in finding and reading book reviews. ChatEbooks lists down reasons that might drive you to face your fear of reading reviews, even if they are negative:

Encouragement

Book reviews are a great source of encouragement for authors. The pride a writer experiences every time they come across a reader singing the praises of their work is incomparable. It’s this type of positive feedback that drives authors to keep writing. However, even when you stumble upon a negative review of your book you shouldn’t get to discouraged.  Any review, positive or negative, is solid proof that someone not only read your book. 

Education

Book reviews are powerful learning tools. No two people ever read the same book. As such, book reviews provide authors insight into the unique perspectives of their readers. A book review gives an author the chance to scrutinize his novel from new and different angles. It is not unheard of for authors to receive considerable praise from fans for messages and ideas presented in their books that the authors themselves neither saw nor intended to present when they were writing it. The average reader’s review provide authors opportunities to improve upon their craft. 

Engagement

Book reviews provide authors one of the most intimate opportunities they will ever get to engage with their readers. Reviews may be written by readers who have become fans of your material regardless of the nature of their review. This is the perfect opportunity to engage with them about a topic that both of you are passionate about. More importantly, responding to book reviews shows your audience that you actually care about their opinion – an endearing attribute.

Inspiration

Believe it or not, there is a lot of inspiration hiding in book reviews, especially for creative writers. Book reviews are generally written by avid readers who have a thirst for literature and considerable knowledge about specific genres. These reviewers not only tell authors their shortcomings but they make comparisons with other works.  Feedback often includes suggestions about possible story plots and character developments as a means of expressing their unfulfilled expectations. 

Strength

Book reviews are the perfect training tool to prepare authors for the harsh world awaiting them once they achieve fame. The simple fact is this: a lot of authors hide from book reviews. This is because they are unwilling to contend with the criticisms leveled against projects they injected much effort into writing. However, this is the same criticism they will have to encounter as their careers progress.  This is not only true with social media, but also at press conferences, writing events and the like. Book reviews prepare authors to deal with the negativity that fame attracts. They provide writers the perfect chance to practice maneuvering unwanted opinions and less than appealing perspectives.

 

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