From Charlotte Howard, author of Seven Dirty Words!
Positive or negative, reviews are important. Particularly on sites such as Amazon and Goodreads. Why? Well not only do they help other readers decide on whether or not a book is worth spending money on, but they also help the writer.
Reviews of books act as a way of communicating between writer and reader. The author can track how well (or badly) a book is received. Books that are adored and grow a fan following may then be turned into a series. However, if a storyline is considered to be bland, then the writer knows to leave those character where they are and move on.
Reviews can also help with getting that much-wanted contract! If a writer receives negative or no reviews, then publishers may be less inclined to sign their next book up, while someone who gets great or mixed reviews is more likely to get a contract.
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