Genuine readers are moved to comment for two reasons, they either love all the hard work you put in and the way the prose flow, or they hate it enough to tell the world.
Being in the writing game is the same as being back at school, except whereas the author is sat at his or her old desk (with the old cement hard chewing gum stuck on the underside by pupils long since moved on), the teacher is the great reading public.
Getting a review is like getting your homework back, and if you are like me you move the pages with trepidation like a poker player down to his last ten bob looking at the hand he has been dealt and gulping audibly.
Five Stars is the same as getting an 'A' and knowing your Dad is going to let you go out and play with your mates at the weekend.
Four Stars is an encouraging 'B+' and you still get to go out and play.
Three Stars is a 'C' and you may get to have a kick around in the local park but your Dad will expect you to be home by 3pm and hitting the books.
Two Stars is a 'See Me' and not even a chance at watching John Wayne on the afternoon matinee TV movie.
Do I need to point out that One Star is a 'Continues to disappoint' in red ink' and you may not even get any pocket money this week?
Of course no reviews can be even worse, a complete indifference to your best efforts and being sent to bed without any supper to-boot!
Volume 1 (UK)