Try not to care about reviews? Yeah, right …..

Jeffrey KeenI’ve read a lot of discussion lately about how reviews are meant for other readers, not for the writer of the work that is being reviewed. I understand the point, of course, but think that almost anyone who pours their heart and soul out for months (or years) into a book ends up craving some feedback. Sales only provide a cold, dry number, and if you’re self-published like I am, it will seldom be an encouraging one.  Friends and family can and will give opinions, but of course they are biased and usually they aren’t part of the target audience anyway.

A writer wants to know what total strangers, ones who like the kinds of books she writes, think about her book. So yes, reviews matter to a writer, whether they should or not.  I imagine they must mean as much to an actor, or a musician or anyone who puts themselves out there to entertain and amuse the world, and there is no way around that. Once a books has hundreds of reviews, I suppose that individual ones matter less. I hope some day to find out.

One knows that one shouldn’t respond to any review personally no matter how badly one wants to, and no matter how much the review has made your spirits soar or forced your mood into a deep abyss. I’ve been doing a virtual book tour with Reading Addiction Blog Tours these past few weeks and four reviews have been posted so far.

The first, on A Life Through Books, appeared on April 22nd and it begins with “This novel was quite surprising in the fact that it was much deeper than I was expecting from a Science Fiction novel. We are giving everything we love from a good Sci-Fi novel as well as focus on the deeper family/drama aspects of life.” Talk about a reason to jump for joy. “Yes, yes” I wanted to shout. “You got it. You understand.” But of course I didn’t shout anything. I try to be a well-behaved writer.

April 30 A Shelf Full of Books published a review that said “Z Squared is a multi-faceted novel not only about a teacher with the ability to manipulate the speed of time, but about the mystery of the treasure related to a Mayan artifact and racism with overtones of the Klu Klux Klan. There was definitely more to this novel than the synopsis implied.” Another reader who got it. I’m squirming in my chair now, but I’m still not saying anything.

May 1 Pure Jonel reviewed z2. She only gave it three stars (sigh) but her words were so positive that I hardly cared. Her review begins “What a unique story. It took me a bit to warm up to the story, but once I did I was hooked.” I’m so glad that she stuck it out!

Then yesterday Mommasez reviewed it and she said “Being interactive was the first highlight of this book. The second was that the story was so well-written and entertaining.” Okay at this point I have to do something. This is so exciting for me. So I figure one little blog post here, mentioning how happy these reviews make me, is surely within the bound of good taste.

(Thanks to writer Jeffrey Keen on Facebook for sharing the image above.)

z2 goes on tour

The fine folks over at Reading Addiction are hosting a virtual book tour for me that starts today.  They have a great site with giveaways associated with many of the books they promote and are well worth visiting. If you drop by, you can also enter to win a paperback copy of both x0 and y1 and a gift Kindle copy of my newest book c3.

The schedule for the tour is:

April 15 – Fantasy Book Lane – Excerpt
April 16 – Word to Dreams – Excerpt
April 18 – My Devotional Thoughts – Guest Post
April 19 – Deal Sharing Aunt – Excerpt
April 20 – Coffee Break – Guest Post
April 21 – Indie Authors You Want to Read – Excerpt
April 22 – A Life Through Books – Review
April 23 – Mythical Books – Interview
April 24 – Always Jo Art – Guest Post
April 25 – My Reading Addiction – Interview
April 26 – Avid Book Collector – Excerpt
April 27 – Clutter Your Kindle – Guest Post
April 29 – Texas Book Nook – Excerpt
April 30 – Shelf Full Of Books – Review
May 1 – Pure Jonel – Review
 May 2 – Chuckles Book Cave – Excerpt
May 4 – The Book Faery Reviews – Guest Post
May 5 – Mommasez... – Review
May 6 –Must Read Faster – Excerpt
May 7 – Mismatched Bookends – Review
May 8 – Rythem Poets – Review
May 8 – Read It Write – Excerpt
May 9 – D’eBook Sharing Reviews – Guest Post
May 9 –RABT Reviews – Wrap Up

Please visit at least one of these sites and leave a comment anywhere along the way!