No, this is not a poorly veiled attempt to solicit reviews of my new book. (Although feel free to order copies for everyone you know.)
I’m asking a serious question to all you seasoned authors out there, the ones who have multiple books on shelves everywhere: what do you think of reviews? Do you like them? Love them? Despise them? Ignore them? Want to tear the reviewer a new one? Or give her a big hug and take her on book tour with you, all expenses paid?
My first novel just came out last week, so it’s too early for reviews, but I know they will come. How did you prepare for them? You all faced this inevitability when your first books finally hit the shelves. Share your secrets for how you deal with reviews, both negative and positive.
What about paid reviews from sources like Kirkus? Do you shell out money for reviews? Does paying for it bias the reviewer to say nice things? Isn’t that bribery? (If you don’t like what they say, can you get your money back?)
Tell us your thoughts on reviews. What do you like? Not like? How do you handle bad ones? Post your comments below.