When should an author respond to reviews?
January 1, 2014 5:07 AM Subscribe
I'm an author. I've seen enough other authors flame out when responding to criticism that I know never to respond to negative reviews. But I'm sometimes tempted to respond to positive
reviews of my book on Amazon, Goodreads, or other sites-- perhaps with a short "Thanks! I'm glad you enjoyed it;" perhaps with a longer reply if it seems appropriate. Should I ever do that? If so, when?
posted by yankeefog to Computers & Internet (34 answers total) 6 users marked this as a favorite
I know this is a question that isn't necessarily going to have one Objective Correct Answer, so I'm looking for a fairly broad variety of possibly subjective answers. If an author thanked you for your review, would you be pleased or weirded out? Would an author who responded to many (or all) reviews seem accessible or spammy? Can you recommend a general rule of thumb for when I should reply and when I shouldn't? Do you have an example of an author who responded particularly poorly or particularly well to positive online reviews?