Good morning, everyone, PH with you here today, wishing you a wonderful day. I don’t know how many times something serendipitous happens with you and then you gain a better perspective or find a better way to do something but it happens to me often. Recently, I came across an inconsequential blog post and, as I read it, I realized something very helpful.
Many of us authors spend a lot of time seeking out reviews. After all, a review can be very helpful to readers and validate our books. A glowing four or five star review can also make your day we. Reviews can also be hard to generate but they are gold when received. Personally, I should probably do more to seek them from bloggers than I have. It’s something else to work at in my spare time, spare time being twist of words for me these days.
However, a rather serendipitous event happened for me regarding reviews. It wasn’t a review of one of my books but a review of a book which I never read. The review was very standard and gave me some insight into the book itself. Even though the review was a near four-star and informed me that there were some problems in the book, I chose to at least try to read it through Kindle Unlimited.
Not too long after reading this review, something else occurred to me. At the moment, I am editing a book of my own and know what a major flaws exist in the book. While I am addressing that flaw, it was interesting to note from the reviewer the same problem was noted regarding this book by another author. This observation is not good news in and of itself, but what really hit me was that I gleaned something from the review that helped me with my book in some small way.
This realization also provided me with an insight as to what I should be doing more of: reading more reviews. While I should be seeking out more reviews, it is extremely clear to me that a good reviewer will point out all kinds of observations about a book which can be helpful to a reader. Such observations can also be helpful to me as an author. I can be aware of similar issues that a good reviewer points out.
This is an additional value to a review from an author’s perspective, that being learning from a reviewer what is important and what reviewers and readers are looking for in a book. I sometimes read my own reviews but those can be hard to digest since they may be somewhat inaccurate. There are many which provide a useful insight. Some I take with a grain of salt and say that’s a fair observation. But reading a review about a book in which I have no real emotional investment gives me a better chance to catalog possible problems to avoid in my own writing.
There you have it, fellow authors, the reason why you should be reading reviews of books on a regular basis. You are able to find a wide range of issues and observations that can be helpful to you while you’re writing your own books. Of course, you must take some of these for what they are worth, but do not ignore them entirely as these points can improve your book immensely.
Now it’s your turn, please leave your reactions and comments below and I’ll respond as soon as I can. Thank you for stopping by Story Empire today. Please share this post with your own readers and followers. Also, leave a comment that tells us about reviews that you have found helpful about your books or those by other authors.