Since I've gotten my galleys for Wild Horses, I've been sending it out for review. I've been lucky, blessed actually, to have gotten some really great reviews. All have been positive, and have made me grin from ear to ear.
Before this, I never paid much attention to reviews. Never cared what someone else thought of the books, movies or music I like. In fact, as far as movies go, I rarely agree with reviews. I go for the big summer movies, and not the artsy ones reviewers love to gush over. I like the authors I like...I could care less what a review says.
But now, I'm gobbling up book reviews like they're candy and I'm a starving woman on a desert island. Authors I've read for years? Gotta see what they're saying about it on Goodreads. And the Amazon reviews. Got to read them. Am I swayed by them? Honestly, I'd have to say no.
But are there people out there who are? Are there people who will read my book because of all the great things the reviewers have said? Are there people out there who won't read it if they can't find a review?
It's nerve wracking.
All I can do is write the best book I can, hope the readers like it, too.
What about you, how much stock do you put into reviews?