Never underestimate the value of a hand-written note. As readers, we’re used to seeing book reviews online at Amazon, Barnes & Noble and Goodreads but I was so humbled when my first book review came in hand-written form from our 12-year-old neighbor, Annika.
Annika had known Bubba since he was a small puppy and wanted to read a draft of the book. Not sure if Bubba’s story was going to be published yet, I gave Annika a draft version of, ‘The Miracle of Bubba’ to read. A good student and avid reader, she quickly finished the book within a few days.
As a new writer, I wasn’t quite used to sharing my work with others. Writing is a process and I wanted to make sure I shared Bubba’s story in a way that would capture readers and teach them about the uniqueness of Bubba’s accident, the events that followed in our in our family and the lengths we went to for our beloved Bubba.
Annika was the first person outside of my immediate family to read the book. Her feedback was particularly special because she knew Bubba, played ball with him in the yard with her younger siblings and other neighborhood kids. My goal was to write a family-friendly story for all ages and Anikka’s thoughtful review meant a lot. The value of a hand-written note, especially in this digital age, holds special meaning.
Each and every review is powerful to an author. This is our work-product. I appreciate every piece of feedback as it helps me develop in the process. I’m proud to have been able to share Bubba’s story and for readers young and old to learn about Bubba and his journey.