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As I am blogging for a review site, it seems appropriate to talk about reviews. Let’s face it, reviews are the last thing we care about before publication. As we sit in front of the computer and eagerly type, we want to share the book of our hearts, that first story we have rewritten a hundred times in our minds before gathering enough courage to share the words with our monitor. As the story takes shape and the first draft is finished, we dance with joy. High five. I wrote a book. Our goal shifts as we focus on polishing the manuscript and exchange critiques with fellow writers.
Critiques are the first form of review a writer will get. They often hurt. How dare you criticize my masterpiece? Not criticizing, just critiquing, my friend, and helping. We quickly learn to accept critique and give as good as we get. We also realize that these critiques drastically improve our writing.
Writers face the next form of review by entering contests. Here published authors and advanced writers will judge the work and evaluate the performance with a score. If the score is good, we are delighted. If the score is low, we whine, seek comfort and either accept the suggestions and use them to improve our writing, or complain about the judge and ignore the comments. It’s a matter of choice. But keep in mind the review is still given in private.
Reviews bite the writer much harder when they come from an editor or an agent who requests revisions. By then, we have developed a thicker skin and immediately agree to do whatever it takes to get the book published.
Once published your story is official, at the mercy of readers and reviewers. I remember my impatience and anxiety as I waited for my first book’s reviews. Those few words of praise that will validate my work, that will give me the confidence every new author craves, and a new boost of energy to write a new book. The smile of happiness that brightens an author’s face when she first glimpses her 5 or 4 stars should be captured on camera. How many of you have shouted on her loop: Wooohooo, 5 stars!!! I made it.
Yes, you made it. The review is your graduation certificate and you deserve the applause.
The Long And The Short Reviews~ 5 Books. Best Book of The Week. Ms. Risk has done an outstanding job with Babies in the Bargain and is a very talented writer who gives the reader what they are after. I highly recommend this book. This one will keep you on your toes and make you beg for more. I can't wait to read more of Ms. Risk's work in the future.
The Long And The Short Reviews~ 4.5 Books. Mona Risk’s writing sweeps you into the story from the first page, and keeps you turning the pages. Rx For Trust, the first book in Mona Risk’s miniseries, ‘Doctor’s Orders’, is full of emotion, suspense, intrigue, good intentions and determination, depending on which character POV you are looking from.
Readers become your unofficial reviewers. A fan letter is the best review you can ever get. This one made my day and my month!!“I totally recommend Mona Risk!!! Read and you won’t be sorry. Worth every penny you pay for her books. Take it from the constant reader.”
So what is your experience with reviews? Writers: Do you use them as a critique and learn from them? Are they a promotional tool? Readers: Do reviews influence your choice of a book? Do you write a review after reading a book you particularly enjoyed?
I will send an electronic copy of Babies in the Bargain to a lucky commentator.
Bio: As a Ph.D. in Chemistry and former director of an analytical laboratory, Mona traveled to more than fifty countries on business or vacation. To relax from her hectic schedule, she avidly read romance novels or mentally plotted her own books. Now, she lives in sunny Florida with her husband.
Mona likes to set stories in the fascinating places she visited. Her first book, To Love A Hero, is the difficult and sizzling love story of an American chemist on a mission to Belarus and the Major General of Belarus. Her romantic suspense, French Peril, set in the beautiful Loire Valley relates a dangerous treasure hunt for a precious statue by an American architect and a French count. Both books are available at Cerridwen Press.
Mona also writes medical romance novels published by The Wild Rose Press: Babies in the Bargain received ten stellar reviews, was voted 2009 BEST ROMANCE NOVEL at Preditors & Editors Readers Poll and won 2009 BEST CONTEMPORARY ROMANCE at READERS FAVORITE. Rx For Trust received five top reviews and won 2010 BEST CONTEMPORARY ROMANCE at READERS FAVORITE. Rx In Russian will be released in April 2011.