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redlion75

do authors no it is a bad thing to not allow the readers to send them comments.i am no twain,christie,or king. i do though no the difference between the red dress and the white shorts.if the writer makes a major oops i would think they might like it to be pointed out for the sake of their story being better written.like the 1 i just read were a guys has 5 girls he is with and the names get changed 2 paragraphs apart.since the writer doesnt take comments even on their blog it can not be pointed out so the story now goes fromn good to who the hell are these people?

Ernest Bywater

@redlion75

Most authors know reader comments are useful and allow feedback via the form at the end of the story, some don't. If they don't it's their loss, but is usually due to past incidents with some fool sending them abusive emails because they disagree with something in the story.

anim8ed
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I suppose you can always start a discussion topic of the story's inconsistencies in the stories section of the forums. Still only a chance that the author will see it.

As long as it is kept to constructive critique and doesn't become disparaging the moderators will probably allow the discussion.

redlion75

i understand the writers not wanting abusive comments,but if they want to improve on their skills then allowing people to say when or where they have made mistakes should be a good thing for the writer.

Replies:   Dominions Son
Dominions Son

@redlion75

I suspect the most of the authors that don't allow reader comments are ones that used to and got particularly abusive comments.

richardshagrin
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Like Beauty, Abuse is in the eye of the beholder. Although large numbers of emails reciting errors may be unpleasant to get, no matter how polite the sender. And we have heard of some really impolite ones, particularly asking where or when the next chapter will be completed and posted.

Perhaps authors who don't want to receive emails of any unpleasant type should get their editors to receive them. Lots of them may be about errors from editing or proofreading. The editor can forward the pleasant ones to the author, perhaps once a month. So the author can write instead of replying to emails.

Switch Blayde

@redlion75

I prefer an author not allowing comments than one who doesn't respond to the comments.

Replies:   sejintenej
richardshagrin

tomato,tomatoe. Either way you don't get responses. On the other hand, the author has a life and only so many hours to devote to author type stuff. If a lot of that time is spent responding to emails, we are taking away good writing time. Do you want a responsive email correspondent or do you want the next chapter, book or complete story? Some choices can be difficult. I'd prefer more to read, sooner. Email discussions can be fun and interesting, and an indication some thing or things you said appeal to the author. Is that worth waiting days or weeks or months for more story if the author has more emails to answer than he can count?

sejintenej
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@Switch Blayde

I beg to disagree. IMHO an author who comes up with a good story (or even chapter) deserves to be praised. Where a story has inconsistencies it is usually that the author has not spotted it/them and has a chance to correct the story if so informed.

I understand that authors have lives so I do suggest (in a shorter format) that I will not be offended if I don't get an acknowledgement

Replies:   Switch Blayde
Switch Blayde
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@sejintenej

@richardshagrin

I assume you were both responding to my "I prefer an author not allowing comments than one who doesn't respond to the comments."

If an author doesn't have the courtesy of replying to a reader who took the time out of their busy lives to send him a note, then that author should have comments turned off.

Authors aren't the only ones busy. Readers are as well. And the reader has nothing to gain by sending feedback to the author (the author does, whether it be ego or feedback).

So I'll have to disagree with both of you. As an author, I respond to every feedback I get. As a reader, I'm now less likely to comment on a story simply because 90% of the time I don't get a response (and I believe that number is low, btw).

So if an author is too busy to reply to a reader, I have no problem with that. But don't ruin it for the rest of us authors. Simply turn off comments.

Replies:   Bondi Beach
El_Sol

I tend not to respond.

Most people are just saying 'Good job!' There does not appear to me to be a response wanted or needed.

The ones that do want/need a response I willfully stay away -- entering a conversation risks poisoning a story with another view. ( It has happened to me and is why one story is presently abandoned -- feedback turned the story in my hand.)

Why do I keep comments on then?

The Gem.

The one comment that is worth all the others -- the comment that helps you understand what the reader keyed on, or maybe misunderstood. The comment that tells you exactly what you did right.

And the best of the Gems -- the comment that lays bare EXACTLY what you did wrong.

I have received 4 Gems -- two of the writers of the feedback became editors for me.

Replies:   Switch Blayde
Switch Blayde

@El_Sol

Most people are just saying 'Good job!' There does not appear to me to be a response wanted or needed.


Sure there is -- Thanks for taking the time to let me know.

As I said, I stopped giving feedback. Maybe others will stop too. Then you'll never get those gems.

Bondi Beach

@Switch Blayde

If an author doesn't have the courtesy of replying to a reader who took the time out of their busy lives to send him a note, then that author should have comments turned off.


Especially when the author in question has solicited feedback.

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Replies:   anim8ed
anim8ed

@Bondi Beach

And then there are the authors who solicit feedback and have turned of comments or any other means to contact them.

redlion75

see it is not only me.i really do understand that the writers have lives in the real world so i do not expect to be pen pals.what i would like though is to be able to tell them that great story it maybe but in the 3rd paragraph of ch2 you went from banging the blonde with the tiny tits to the asian chick with the purple hair.or as a vet there is no such medal as the battle of the gulf of mexico medal.things like continuity in the story do matter to some so pointing out the oops they make or even an atta boy/girl should always be a good thing whether here or in the rw.

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