Let me tell you guys something real quick.
The best possible thing you can do for a writer, apart from buying their work (if they’re selling it), is give them feedback.
Whether it’s a posted review or just a note saying, “Hey I read the thing and enjoyed it,” we thrive on that. Constructive criticism is great too – “Hey you missed a typo on page 43. Thought you’d like to know! Really liked A, B, & C. For the next one, do you think you might consider X, Y, or Z?”
Not only does this help spread the word about our projects, it lets us know how we’re doing. Half the time, writing feels a lot like screaming into the void. The fics gets hits, the book sells copies, but nobody says anything. So we cherish those bits of commentary. And believe me, there is no such thing as a review being too long. The longer and more in-depth the better.
I should take a moment to note that the practice of “flaming” still seems to be alive and well, and the only thing writers hate more than the hellscape that is extended editing sessions is a mindless troll cluttering up the review listings. So if you’re going to review, try to be constructive or at least polite. (You’d think this would be common courtesy. It’s not.)
All this being said, trust me when I tell you that seeing the hits and the sales go up makes us smile, but reviews make us cheer.
Thank you, readers, for all your support! 🙂