Feedback feeds the writer's spirit
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I spent my afternoon sending out 50 emails with free copies of my first novel, as part of LibraryThing's members giveaway. After just a few hours, I'd gotten replies back from several of the people who got a copy. It was great, really great. People actually seemed excited about reading my book! It's hard to describe just how it feels to hear that from people, it's almost like...validation? Feels like maybe I didn't just waste all that time I spent writing. Of course, if my book's not that great, then all that excite is sure to fade a bit, but I've got hope. If someone derives enjoyment from my story, then...you know...that's what it's all about, right? If someone out there enjoys my book then good, bad, or somewhere in between, it doesn't matter. I succeeded.
So, don't be afraid to tell someone you love their books! Don't be afraid to tell someone you hate their books! Writers feed off that feedback and get better, it's what keeps us alive.
And before you ask, yes, I am rather excited right now.
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