As a writer, I belong to several online groups for both readers and writers, and on both forums I've seen debates about whether or not authors should respond to reviews, or make contact with reviewers at all. And haven't we all seen recent articles about author meltdowns in regards to critique?
I love chatting with reviewers, personally. Okay, I love chatting with
pretty much anybody, especially if they're talking books, so I'm one of those
authors who will gush, "Thanks for your kind words," or say,
"sorry you didn't like it," if someone takes time out of their busy
day to comment. Hey! I'm getting free feedback that can help me grow as a
writer. I won't deny that it hurts when someone doesn't like what I've poured my
heart and soul into, but not everyone will. My goal is still for anyone who buys my
book to think they got their money's worth.
Anyway, enough about me. What I really want to share is a very eloquent answer to the question of 'should authors reply to reviews?' from a reviewer's perspective.
It's posted at Cryselle's Bookshelf, and I found it quite interesting.
See post here.