As I mentioned in my last entry, I recently finished editing “Fireseed Wars.” That makes me an editor, natch. Now, I am a member of a few on-line discussion groups. Two of them are for writers where we discuss our projects, bounce ideas off each other, and critique each other’s stories. It is fun, informative, and very useful. Well, I just finished my critique of a few chapters in an upcoming vampire novel and posted it in the group files for the author to look over. So far, so good. Next thing I know, somebody that I have never seen contribute to the group is SPAMming us with a “Buy the $24.99 package and see hundreds of opportunities to sell your critiques, blah, blah, blah…” Does anybody actually think sending your hard earned money to some idiot on the web is going to make you big money back? AS IF! The people making money on these things are the people selling you these packages! Somebody wants my critique of their story, they can have it for free! I only hope they will return the favor. I would never hire an editor off the web from some fly-by-night company selling packages to hopeful writers. I would first go to my writers groups, find somebody at least as conversant with English as myself (I have a BA with an English Major) and hire THAT person! How would I know which person to hire? Read their e-mails and critiques and see how well they did. There have been a few people interested in my latest projects who were willing to edit and critique for free just to speed me along. At the bare minimum, they will get an autographed copy of the book when it comes up (sometime this millennium.)
But for the love of god, people (Allah to Zeus, take your pick) stop sending money to these damn SPAMmers!l You DON’T always get what you pay for!