“Artists make the culture. Not the critics.” – David Bowie
I’m quite pleased that my novel Raincloud has garnered some great reviews that not only lend the book credibility but also prop up my ego. I’m proud and pleased each time Raincloud earns positive feedback from readers and critics alike.
But I wonder – do book reviews actually influence what readers buy?
To me, reviews are a great way to create a buzz and get the author’s work into the public forum. If used properly reviews can be a very important part of a book’s promotional campaign. But as a buying guide? I would expect that readers listen more to a friend’s opinion over a presumably better-read literary critic’s.
What about you? Do literary critics influence your reading habits?
Richard S. Todd is the author of the critically-praised Raincloud: A Noveland gives talks on self-publishing. He spends his time blogging and writing his next novel, The Orphans of the Creek. Learn more at his website: www.richard-todd.com.
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