As I write this, Delilah hasn’t been officially released, though reader review copies have gone out. And so I’m happy to report that so far, the reviews for Delilah have made me very happy. I read reviews, not to feel pumped up, but to see if I’m reaching my goals–if readers are catching the theme and picking up the message I want them to pick up.
A lot of this depends on the reader, of course–some people will not ever care for my style of writing, and that’s okay, they are clearly not my ideal reader. But by reading reader reviews a writer can usually tell if she’s hitting the mark . . . and where her weaknesses may lie. Some writers avoid reading reviews altogether, but I don’t–they’ve given me valuable insight.
I’m very happy to say that DELILAH received a starred review from Booklist, a source of reviews for librarians and bookstores. Romantic Times book review was also very kind, as was BOOKSTORE JOURNAL. And don’t worry–I won’t start to think I’m all that and a bag of chips, as a friend of mine always says. For every good review, in time, there will be a not-so-good one. That’s just the way things are.
If you have any questions about Delilah, or writing, or whatever, leave them in the comment and I’ll answer them tomorrow. I promise.