Happiest of Fridays to all!
(So maybe I'm extra chipper because there's SUNSHINE outside my window. I'd forgotten what it looked like.)
Here's a question for you: Do professional reviews affect your decision to read or not to read a certain book?
I'm looking askance at the Kirkus reviews. Not that I pay a lot of attention; personally, I get excited about books my friends and colleagues are gushing about, and I read first pages to see whether they draw me in. I don't give a chicken's turd what Kirkus and the others are saying.
Kirkus has given its well-known "star" to books I've liked -- and to books I haven't. And it hasn't "starred" books I've liked. I think it must feel Very Good to receive a starred Kirkus review prior to the release of one's novel. But I'm wondering why it feels good. Is it a sort of scholarly affirmation? An extra pat on the back?
I'm not being facetious. My main Love Language (really, you should read the book!) is "Words of Affirmation". So give me a gold star, a compliment, a word of encouragement, and I'm GOOD TO GO. I don't merely feel affirmed or encouraged; I feel loved.
The downside is, of course, that the lack of a gold star or a kind word can lead to my feeling unloved. (Fortunately, I've worked hard to toughen that "love skin" over the years, because there is SO MUCH REJECTION involved in the journey toward publication -- and beyond. And yes, I've conquered it. I no longer attach emotions to rejection.) And I'm sure that there are many authors who have similar responses when they read negative reviews, or don't get stars, or whatever the Powers That Be on the review side neglect to dole out.
(I'm not talking about Amazon and Good Reads reviews. That's a whole 'nuther ball of wax.)
So how do you feel about professional reviews, both as a reader and as a writer? Do they matter? Do they affect you? Do the reviewers actually know what they're talking about, or are they just expressing their opinions, same as the rest of us?
Share your thoughts! This is something I haven't given a whole lot of thought to until recently, and I'd like to take your pulse on this one.
See you Monday!