Most of you know that I try and read every review posted on my work. It’s not because I am some secret masochist or that I am looking for reader validation and praise (OK, mostly not for the praise).
I do it for two reasons. The first is to see if I am hitting the mark for what the readers want to see in my stories. While that’s almost the only feedback I get outside of the proofers and though they are great, they are limited in number and don’t cover every demographic. You will see in a lot of my reviews an acknowledgement of thanks or a possible reply to a comment from the reader.
The second reason I look over my reviews is to correct mistakes. The wonderful thing about eBooks is I can release a corrected version and everyone who purchased a copy can get the update for free.
Now why am I droning on about all this? Well Amazon has made some changes on how they allow reviews and in some cases are removing them. The intent is good as they are trying to fix the problem of fake reviews which hurts us all.
Because of this I am getting fewer reviews and am having a hard time tracking when new ones show up. So, if you post a review and don’t see my reply, it’s only because I didn’t catch the update with the shifting numbers.