There are a lot of differing opinions about whether a writer should acknowledge the reviews they receive.
Others feel it is rude of the author to NOT comment.
It is difficult to know what to do. No writer wants to alienate readers. Nor do they want to ignore bloggers and reviewers.
It's hard for me to not thank someone, so I typically send reviewers a private email, and let them know how much I appreciate their review. I've received some wonderful ones lately, and it truly makes my day to see bloggers describing what they liked about my book, as well as the areas where they had hoped things might have been done a little differently.
I also click on the "like" button for the reviews of my books when they are posted on Goodreads. It's an easy, non-intrusive way to let the reader know I appreciate their review. If I ever conquer Facebook, I'm sure I'll do some "liking" there as well.
I've recently added a page on my blog where I have links to all of the book blog reviews.
Still, it doesn't seem like enough to me.
I know how challenging it is to get enough reading time in to the daily schedule. (Oh boy, do I know that challenge.) I also know that when a person's hobby becomes more like a job, it can squeeze the fun out of the whole process. (Been there, done that, wrote the book.)
I'm also in awe of reviewers' ability to write such a great synopsis of my story. I wish I could hire all of them to write my next synopsis, before I tackle the book.
So I want to say a public thank you here to everyone who reads me, whether it's my books, my blog posts, my guest posts, or even my tweets. It means a lot, not only that you take the time to fit my words into your reading schedule, but that you also reply and comment and review and express your thoughts in response to mine.
I still haven't decided what to do yet about commenting publicly on bloggers' reviews, so this is where your thoughts would be very helpful.
What goes through your mind when you see an author replying--or not replying--on a review of their work?