Speaking of putting one's work on the web, this morning an email arrives from a writing friend. Guess what?
Another site where you can pay to have your work read.
The site is very professional looking. Maybe they are legit and maybe they just want to help, but you have to be consistently rated high by the other members and then, if you're lucky, you get chosen for a review. (I checked the Snarkives, didn't find that we'd talked about this one before, but I coulda missed it.)
For $39.95 you can have "someone" review your work.
They only need a thousand people to make a fair chunk of change for lifting the template of another writing site and making it sound like this is a good use of your time.
Maybe it is, I don't know.
My general sense is that you learn to be a writer by writing, and reading books that have been published, not reading other unpublished writers on the net (although I learned a lot from reading the synopses so maybe this will work).
It seems pretty straightforward without too many snake oil claims but I just glanced at it.
If anyone sees anything weird, let us know.
Addendum: The comments thread on this is wandering quite far afield from the usefulness of the site and has descended into name calling that isn't even redeemed by being funny. Comments are closed.