To our US Muser Family, Happy Thanksgiving weekend. Hope you've had and are having a great time.
Being Canadian, I celebrate Thanksgiving in October, but the one thing we have in common is a sense of giving thanks during this time. As writers one of the major aspects of our careers are our readers. With that in mind...
...what do our reader responses mean to us?
JEAN HART STEWART, author
For me readers response is VERY important. Even you don't agree, the fact that anybody took the time out of a busy life to bother answering is one big compliment. I love hearing from readers.
K.C. SPRAYBERRY, author
Reader response is the best feedback I can get. Some readers leave a short review, just expressing what the book mean to them. Others are more detailed, going into which characters interested them most and how they felt about the scenes. At other times, criticism has helped me improve my next book. Without readers, our books would languish without anyone but us to enjoy them, so I think appealing to readers is the most important thing to do.
SUSAN BERNHARDT, author
Reader responses mean everything to me. I love it when people tell me that they enjoyed my book/books. Personal enjoyment and satisfaction and readers responses are the greatest rewards that I get from writing.
BETH OVERMYER, author
To me, it's nourishment...even the "bad," because without knowing what's not working, how can I fix it? Also, what Jean said: it's great that someone took the time out of their busy schedule to a) read my book and b) comment on it. Readers make this whole crazy process more worthwhile than if I were just writing for myself, and hearing from them always makes my day!
PAULINE (P.M) GRIFFIN, author
I treasure reader responses and always answer every comment and question I receive. Some individuals ask for considerable detail and raise significant points that lead to a series of complex communications. I have included some suggestions in the later volumes of my series.
That a person reads my work and thinks enough of it to contact me about it is a great honor. I hope I shall continue to be worthy of it.
DAWN KNOX, author
So far, I've only had good reviews for 'Daffodil and the Thin Place'. All the responses have all been unsolicited, so I've been thrilled.
I get a bit embarrassed if people tell me face to face but I still really appreciate it. I can't bring myself to ask anyone what they think of the book as I always assume if they like it they'll tell me and if they don't they'll keep quiet. However, I'm prepared for people to respond negatively at some point and I tell myself that it's just a matter of taste and if someone doesn't like my book, that's fine, but when it happens, I know I will be hurt.
On 6th December, the first script that I've ever written for a dramatisation will be performed and I imagine that I will be able to see people's responses in their faces! That's going to be interesting!
Thanks for joining us and see you next week!
If you have a question or comment you’d like us to muse upon, do not hesitate to contact me Christine Steeves-Speakman at MuseChrisChat@gmail.com