I just had the first handwritten review of Survive by the Sword. It was very nice, full of supportive comments, and favorable comparisons to the writer’s favorites.
Any review is always welcome, even if it’s not entirely complimentary. There are many schools of thoughts as to how one should respond to a reviewer, and mine is simply, “Thank you”.
The prevailing wisdom behind this is that you don’t want to have the reputation of being defensive and argumentative. So if someone responds with a review that’s less than complimentary, just remember that you can’t please everyone. If they have advice that resonates, take it on board, but otherwise let it slide.
And if someone takes the time to give you a handwritten review, count it as a blessing and cherish it always.