Invaluable Reader Feedback

I recently read a blog post that said authors should never read the reviews for their books. My first thought was, You mean I have to stop obsessively compulsively checking Amazon and Goodreads every day for new reviews? I know I do this because I’m newly published and it’s overwhelmingly exciting. Good chance after my third or fourth book, the novelty will wear off and I’ll stop. But, I also feel that reading those reviews has made me more aware of my shortcomings and strengths as a writer.

I have to admit, it feels great to get a glowing four or five-star review full of praise for Tranquility. However, I also appreciate a good, solid, honest three-star review that points out the good, but also takes note of things that could be improved in my writing. It’s the same reason I attend writing workshops and participate in writing groups. Feedback is important to me. I’m not perfect. I’m still learning, and I want to continue learning and improving, so that each book will (hopefully) be better than the last.

So, keep the reviews coming and, for now, I’ll keep acting like a kid on Christmas morning every time I see a new one.

About Laurie Gardiner

Laurie has loved writing as long as she can remember. Her first published work, “'Til Death Do Us Part,” placed first in the 1997 Cambridge Writers’ Collective short story contest. Her latest works include short stories, “Retribution" and "Thief," appearing respectively in Scout Media's 2016 and 2017 anthologies, A Journey of Words and A Haunting of Words. Over the years, her poetry has also been published in various anthologies. Her debut novel, Tranquility, published in 2015, by Escargot Books and Music, was inspired by her work as a personal support worker specializing in dementia care. In 2015, she graduated with honors from Conestoga College’s Creative Writing program. She’s a Canadian, an avid reader, a yogi, and a Gemini. She grew up on a farm in remote northern Ontario, and now lives in Cambridge, Ontario with her husband and cat.
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