I stumbled onto a conversation over on Goodreads the other night. The discussion took several twists and turns when I brought up that the only time I comment on reviews is if the reviewer asks me a direct question such as 'when is the next book coming out?'.
To my surprise, one person wasn't happy that I responded to reviewers at all. In their view that meant I was hovering and it was a 'dangerous path' for an author to take.
I scratched my head a little on that one. It made no sense to me. Why, exactly, would you NOT answer a reader's question?
The person insisted that if a reader really wanted to know that they would message the author privately. This, again, didn't follow through with my experience. Most of the readers who do reach out to me via email or private message on Goodreads open with an apology. They feel as if they are bothering the author.
I'm curious as to what others have experienced. Readers, do you like when you ask a question in your reviews and authors respond, or do you feel that is intrusive?
And authors, do you comment on reviews? I'm not talking about negative reviews. It should be common knowledge that no good can come of that. What I'm talking about are four and five star reviews where the reader loved the book and can't wait for more.
Please leave a comment below and let me know what you think?