I was checking up on my stories in Amazon recently, and felt compelled to write a reply thanking a reader for reviewing one of my Novelettes.
I wanted to reply to this as I appreciated the work and effort they had obviously put into their review, and genuinely wanted to thank them.
It wasn’t a glowing review by any means, but it was fair and their personal likes and dislikes were reasonable. A reply from another reader, who had stopped reading because they had become confused, even said they would now finish the story based on the review.
Now, I did leave a comment and almost immediately had second thoughts. After reading my comments back it could be interpreted as a blatant plug for the other books in this series, and that really wasn’t my intention. Not that thers much unusual about an author blatantly plugging their work. After all, you haven’t much option until you can get someone who is much better at it than yourself to plug for you!
I think it really is that I’m just pumped up about this series. It’s turning into one of those things that just wan’t to tell itself. I’ve already got way more notes and ideas than I was ever intending to use. So I wasn’t really trying to sell, or gods forbid actually explain myself or argue with a review!
I do hope they take my reply in the spirit it was intended. But I think I’m going to have to keep an eye on this review thread now. I don’t want it to get out of hand, as I’ve seen some other, especially beginner, authors get themselves into a right old mess with directly replying to reviews.
So this all made me think. Is it really a good thing to get directly involved with your reviewers on sites like Amazon? Or is it best to stick to forums and sites like Goodreads (I’ve had a couple of really good reviews from there).
I know much of this writing lark is about putting yourself out-there and taking the criticism on the chin and all… not that I think this review was unduly critical. They said what they likes, and what they didn’t and why. Then gave me three stars, so I’m honestly not complaining. On reflection I just hope my reply didn’t sound like I was. And that, of course, is where the problem with the Internet is. It’s difficult to judge someone’s tone and mood, hence their meaning, from text alone.
The review can be seen HERE.