cw: casual ablism (with Rekka’s apologies), mention of dead puppies, and mention to Hitler
Today after a sidetracked conversation centered around Stak Trek fandom, Rekka and Brian answer a listener question from Claire Chandler regarding tropes (19:45ish). At around 27:00 begins an engaging discussion about when you should, or shouldn’t, “engage” your audience in the reviews your book receives.
This episode draws from the much more thorough article The Author’s Guide to Author/Reviewer Interactions by Cole McCade, which Rekka declares as required reading.
- Rule #1: Separate yourself from your writing, which is a product.
- This bears repeating: Your book is a product.
- Reviews are not for the author, they are for the potential readers to help make informed reading decisions.
- Every book has less than stellar reviews.
- Negative reviews are beneficial to warn away readers who would otherwise not enjoy your book and leave their own bad review.
- Don’t be creepy and hover over your readers in the review sites.
- If you feel you must reply, give yourself 24 hours to think about your response. Then don’t do it.
Half Asleep in Frog Pajamas by Tom Robbins