Posted on 10/13/2019 at 12:00 PM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek
While many writers prefer to read their reviews sparingly, if at all, there are certainly some who find the practice beneficial.
(And kudos to them — criticism can be tough, even if it’s constructive.)
Developmental editor Katie McCoach won’t stand on a soapbox and decree that one way is the right way.
That said, she does suggest that you consider the right timing for reading reviews to ensure it actually benefits your writing.
For instance, if your confidence can be shaky, reading reviews of your past books while you’re working on a new one might cause you to second-guess solid decisions.
Conversely, if you’re good at trusting your gut but open to suggestion, those old reviews could steer you away from past pitfalls.
Head to McCoach’s blog for a few more considerations to take before deciding to read reviews and to share your experiences as well.
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