Topic: Fishing for points
As much as a appreciate receiving critique, there are times when certain writers only fish for points, and it's very disappointing. The spirit of this community is to help each others, not to foster people who publish their stories and receive candid and useful feedback in exchange of nothing. The coin with which all of us pay for the feedback is feedback itself. When it's missing, it's like stealing!
I've just received this feedback from somebody who is clearly fishing for points. I.e., getting points to publish his story so he may get useful reviews, without providing useful feedback himself. I know not all writers are seasoned reviewers, but when somebody fills a review with cliches and common places, and is reviewing first time ever a chapter deep in the middle of your story, you can tell it's FAKE.
I've just published chapter 41 and this is the feedback I've just received from somebody who hasn't read the other 40 chapters :
Where Heaven and Hell Meet by Mariana Reuter
Comment to CHAPTER 41 (no comments received from this reviewer to any previous chapter):
I loved this chapter. It is filled with interesting characters and vivid dialogue nitting together the wonderful prose. I read this and loved the way my attention was held right until the very last word. The tension builds and builds grabbing you by the throat and not letting go. Good stuff.
The below are two samples of the comments this reviewer usually issues. They were posted to the most recent chapters published by two other authors. Can you see the pattern? General, praising comments to the last chapter published without further knowledge of the story, making sure the minimum word count is reached so the points are earned. Of course, the comments are useless.
by CJ Driftwood
Comment to Chapter 73(no comments posted by this reviewer to any previous chapter):
Vivid prose and sparkling dialogue lift this chapter above the ordinary to a new level, that I haven't experienced for a long time. Brilliantly descriptive it was like watching a painter develop his painting from the start and use his words like a brush on a canvas. A really first class job
Forbidden Fruit (Final) by Nynative1
Comment to CHAPTER 17 (no comments posted by this reviewer to any previous chapter):
I put off reading this because it didn't really sound my kind of book.
But now Ii have read this chapter I want to read it all.
I enjoyed the story, not for the sex but because I was more interested in the storyline. I found myself enjoying the storyline as it is quite realistic. I enjoyed the story as it is an easy to read love story in a world, of pretty decent characters.
Of course, I won't reciprocate.
Apologies for the rant, but this kind of people really frustrate me. We're trying to build a community here, not to provided feedback to any smart guy seeking editors and beta readers for free.