As an author I love/adore/need to hear reader response on a book. But I also want to know what reviewers see in the book as.
I'm not here to argue one way or the other on the impact professional reviews have on a book's sales or it's best use for toilet paper ratings. Reviews are a fact of life. They are supposed to be a way for readers to gage.....something....again I sense a hot topic here and am avoiding it.
What I am trying to say, and speaking only for me, I enjoy getting reviews from review sites. I want to know what they think of the book on a scale of One to whatever awards they give out. I wanna know how I'm doing.
So this summer it seems getting a review is taking forever. I can't help but think that means my writing is getting less interesting. It feels like a negative to me. So talking to a reviewer I found out an amazing thing. Reviewers often get and read a great number of books and put off writing the review for up to six weeks.
WHAT? After six weeks and no review I'm sure everyone hated the book!! I'm contemplating taking a hammer to the keyboard after four weeks. Depression has set in, I've quit brushing my teeth and have begun existing entirely on M & M for their medicinal qualities.
Just saying, authors really are needy creatures. Six weeks to wait for a review is torture. Take that into consideration next time you finish a book and love it, but go on to read the next book, putting off writing that review. Somewhere an author just lost a tooth due to chocolate overdose because she's sure everyone hates her book.