Reviews, whether good or bad, are extremely important to all authors. The good reviews let us know that even though we may think it 100 times a day, we don't entirely suck :)
The bad ones, or I should really say critical ones, give us (hopefully) some things to consider working on or ways to make our future work better. That is, as long as they aren't ripping the author apart on a personal level.
I have been standing on my head trying to get reviews for my book. People are buying it without them now, but oh how nice it would be to have a few of those people actually give me even 10 words saying how much they loved it. Or hated it. Or felt nothing at all about it.
Today I was the recipient of a fantastic editorial review by SPR Book Review, which I will link below. They get the story! I LOVE that. To have someone who isn't my wife or my cover designer or my editor say they like and even enjoyed my book is a really freaking awesome feeling!
"Hayes really gets into the details about the North Pole in a fun and oftentimes funny way. He creatively paints each scene, and even parents may just end up believing in Santa Claus by book’s end."
See?? How cool is that?
Now there was ONE critical point in the review, and I understand where they were coming from, but for the record, it WAS a stylistic choice ;)
Here is the link for the full review and a reminder that my book, The Year Santa Stubbed His Toe is FREE on Amazon until midnight on Christmas Eve. :) - WMH