As many of my readers know, my most recent book, Two papas – a tale of impossible Holocaust survival, was published almost a year ago. That book was completed as the first segment of my Holocaust trilogy and I am half-finished with book two.
This would not be the first time I mention that writing books is both the most challenging and difficult undertaking of my life. But having books in print affords me the luxury of considerable contemplation.
After publication, I delivered or mailed at least thirty copies to my family members, friends, and associates who expressed a desire to read it. Having offered quite a few more, I was usually told that my contacts preferred the e-book version. I have no way to determine who did and who didn’t buy it because all I see is the total number of books sold.
What amuses or intrigues me is the shortage of reviews and feedback I’ve received from virtually everyone. Aside from three or four close friends and family members who gushed about how much they loved the book, the rest of the recipients have said nothing.
And so, I choose to reach a collection of conclusions because there are probably that many different reasons for this silence. Some either do not have or take time to read. Some intend to do so but haven’t yet. A few may find the subject matter difficult or of no interest whatsoever. And I suppose that there are some who simply didn’t like the book and don’t want to tell me so. Finally, there are going to be readers who either don’t know how to write a review or are reticent to do so.
I offer a suggestion to those who write and appreciate feedback of any type. As you publish, tell everyone you know and everyone you don’t know that receiving input is meaningful to you, for whatever reason it is. Additionally, their enthusiasm will encourage those who will cherish your work enough to secure it. For me, commentary is useful and vital to the creation of more work.
The amount of feedback I receive will not affect my intention to continue writing. All of my work emanates from the heart and the importance I attach to its messages. But I admit that I do love hearing that someone values what I have done, in the hopes that it enhanced or enlightened the reader. Shalom.