I have blogged about this before, but I thought I might say it again. Reviews matter. You may not think it matters, you might even consider it a waste of your time, but it is vital to my industry. When you enjoy something, please say so, let the author/artist know it so that they feel better about what they have done. I have heard some people tell me that it seems like an ego trip for artist to have people fawn over their work. That is simply not the case, it is the knowledge that what we (the artist) do is actually appreciated. You spend, hours, days, weeks, even months and years working on something and then you put it out there and hope dearly that your audience likes what you have done. When that audience stays silent, it starts to seem like you are not doing anything right.
When a singer/actor performs, the audience shows immediate reaction of applause, cheers, or in some cases boos. But, it is instant. They know what they did was enjoyed or not. But, for the author it is a dead silence from the moment it goes into publication until the point that someone decides to tell you that they enjoyed your work. If you enjoy something an author wrote and do not tell them, then they are left to wonder if what they put their life into was actually read and liked.
It isn't much to do to put a review on their work, really just a few moments. You do not need to write an article, or a book report for school, just enough to be sincere about your feelings on the work. Hint: Write it the same way you tell your friend to read the book, since other readers will look at it and decide whether or not to read the book.
That being said, I am able to happily report that people have been telling me what they think, and it has been considerably positive.
Had a wonderful surprise waiting for me this morning. I went onto the Amazon pages for my books and found that I had three new reviews, two for The Crystal Needle, and one for The Crystal Needle: A Christmas to Remember. All three were 5 star reviews. Take a look: Here is one of the three.
Check out the others for The Crystal Needle and for The Crystal Needle: A Christmas to Remember
If you haven't read the books yet, shame on you. Grab a copy of the first book today and have fun. Also, remember that books are gifts that can be opened over and over again, so you can purchase the books either as an ebook or a print book as Christmas gifts for that fantasy fan in the family. And, do not forget to tell those authors you like that you did enjoy their work. Trust me, it is a Christmas gift to them to see a happy reader. Have a Merry Christmas.