This is a really interesting thread. I never knew there were so many thoughts on this subject.
The other day, for the first time, I commented on a reader's review. It was on my most recent book. It's a new genre for me. I was worried about how it would be received.
Her review was generous and kind. In the moment, I wanted to thank her, as I was genuinely appreciative. I had been so nervous. Knowing that at least one reader was entertained brought me great joy. It's a joy I'd imagine you might have felt in your life about something you accomplished. We can all related.
So, I thanked her. I wanted to let her know how much I appreciated her taking the time to share her thoughts. I knew no other way to reach her. I still don't know if I have - do people read the comments on the own reviews? I never have.
None of this is necessarily responsive to the question of why some writers feel the need to respond to *every* review. I never have and I'm sure I never will. It sounds exhausting. But now I kind of wish I did I did. Why not say "thank you" when someone shows you kindness? When I think about it like that, why shouldn't writer's respond to every review - even the negative ones? It was nice of them to read your book. Why would it be impolite to say "thank you" or "sorry you didn't like it?"
I'd couldn't see responding to a negative review in an argumentative way, though. What would I do? Debate the person? Reviews are someone's opinion - I can't argue someone into liking my book - or anything else, for that matter. I suppose I'd object if someone slandered me personally, but I'd take that complaint to Amazon, not to the writer.
If someone doesn't like my work, they're entitled. If their negative review is thoughtful and clear, it might help someone who shares their taste make a better decision about whether or not to buy it. That's a service, too.
I responded to one review, once, because it moved me. Every review does, but that one affected me deeply - at just the moment I most needed the encouragement. I hope its author has read my response, and appreciated it. I didn't consider the "appropriateness" of my comment at the time, I did what felt right. I've been thrilled when an author I liked responded positively to something I wrote, but we humans are a varied and unpredictable bunch. Maybe someone else would be offended. I'd feel badly if he or she did.
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