WEbook Guide to Feedback, Part 1: The Golden Rule10:13
This is the first installment in a 3-part blog covering the
ins and outs of giving and receiving feedback on WEbook. (Say that 10 times fast!) Today’s post covers the basic principle of
reciprocation: It takes feedback to make
feedback. Part 2 will discuss how to
give great feedback. Part 3 will tackle the tricky business of how
to respond to the feedback you get. (Hint: Never, ever take it
It’s All about the
I recently got a message from a new WEbooker. “I posted my project, and introduced myself
on the forums,” said WEbooker X. “And I
haven’t gotten any feedback yet. I’m really
excited about finding out what readers think about my work. What can I do to speed up the process?”
Good question! I checked out WEbooker X’s profile. What did I find?
WEbooker X had not left a single review on the site
Here’s what I told WEbooker X:
Find some WEbook
writers you respect and leave them reviews! Then invite them to read
your work. The more thorough and constructive your reviews are, the more
likely other writers will be to reciprocate.
You can also look for great
reviewers, and send them messages asking them to check out your
stuff. You will have more success if you personalize your message, and
let people know why you're asking them in particular. For example, if you find someone who's given
really helpful feedback on a novel about zombies, and YOU'RE writing a novel
about zombies, you can say, "Hey, you seem like the zombie expert on WEbook! It would make my day if you’d
help me out with my novel about zombies." Never send mass messages,
or messages asking for feedback with no context or explanation.
This advice applies to each and every one of us at WEbook. While I can’t guarantee that every review you write will result in a
review for your work, taking the time to thoughtfully review others’ work
results in a better experience for everyone. If every WEbooker
strives to help one or two other writers with their work, there is sure to be
enough help out there for all.
This story has a happy ending. WEbooker X decided to spend some time leaving
feedback for others. His review queue is
no longer empty – and his project has several new reviews from other WEbookers.
Stay tuned for Part 2: The 5 rules of giving great feedback.