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Is it just me?

Or is this common practice in an industry I admit I don't know as much about as I'd like?

I admit up front that I know pretty much nothing about what's standard for the Romance genre in our industry, and maybe offers like this are common. The reason I got this at all is because in order to show up for someone's chat in the Luna forums, I had to sign-up, and signing up apparently meant I wanted the eHarlequin newsletter. Either that or, as I was running late, I didn't actually read much beyond the "we own all your words and can quote them whenever we feel like without paying you" part, which meant that I was reluctant to participate freely in those forums, i.e. there could have been an opt-out that I missed, but I was also in the process of missing the reason I was signing up in the first place.

And the small post on accessibility has kind of turned into a state of the genre thing, and is a thousand words long, with digressions and rambling, which I'm not at all certain is pointful because the state of the industry now is actually a year or two old (the consequence of lead-times, among other things).

ETA: I can't think of an sf/f genre publisher or agent who could offer these services, and not be pilloried. I won't go into a long rant about why I think it's not a good idea to submit 400 pages of manuscript this way, unless anyone thinks it's not self-evident. Oddly enough, I probably wouldn't feel as squeamish if an individual were offering the same services -- but submitting to someone specific doesn't carry the weight of a large and well-known publisher behind it. And I think the PiTA factor of offering these services would outweight the dollar per hour value of actually doing the work, on an individual basis.


Oct. 24th, 2006 07:53 pm (UTC)
And see, everyone I know who's critiqued professionally charges in the $200-300 range, so that seems reasonable to me, since it's comparable with reputable critiquers I know. (I don't know how much line editing they do or don't do.) And as a freelancer (though I've not critiqued fiction, only edited business nonfiction), I'd bid that much for 4-6 hours of work; it would take at least that much to read a novel and write up even a big picture critique on it.

On the other hand, not knowing who your critiquers are is more of a concern.

And I'd always go for a critique group over a professional critique anyway, unless maybe I had a specific issue I was particularly frustrated with, and this wouldn't be the place for that.

So I'm not sure this is the best place to start, but I also don't get the impression it's actually a scam, and I think they likely deliver what they say they do, at what looks to be a reasonable rate.