Saw an FA ad for this today. They’re offering “reviews” for pay, which raised my eyebrows until I realized they’re just using “review” to mean “critique.” They say they have a team of “around a dozen reviewers” but don’t name names (which I guess could be to protect the people involved so they’re not targets for customers who expect a more positive assessment and then get upset, or something like that).
I admit my first reaction is that it’s kind of sad that people will pay for this type of thing when there are so many free crit opportunities available – but on the other hand, those opportunities (like our critique board) do usually involve having to give critique as well as receive it, and I can see where for some people it might seem easier to just pay and be done with it. (I can understand paying for full-on editing, of course, but from looking over their samples, this strikes me as no more detail than you’d get in a crit from a decent peer group.)
Anyway, just found it interesting…