Below is a screenshot of a bit of comment spam that WP caught for me this morning.
This is just insulting! Cooking video?! Are they even trying?! I mean Regarding Fanfic, I’m fairly certain, doesn’t contain anything that any properly written algorithm should decide is about cooking.
I mean, come on people! If you’re going to run a scam, you’ve got to try harder! Just a little more effort, just a little more, and that might have just about looked like a legitimate comment … to someone who wasn’t paying attention, maybe, but still. But, no, of course not. They have to go talking about cooking. I don’t talk about cooking, so red flag number one. Oh look, it’s on my fanfic policy page … duh.
I hope that computers reach the point they’re at in Jeph Jacques‘ Questionable Content comic soon, simply because I’d love to think that no self-respecting sentient machine would allow itself to send such insultingly undisguised nonsense.
I want to try something different for Ready or Not. I’d like to select some … in fanfiction they’re often called “Beta-readers” but I seem to recall there’s a niftier and classier term for it that most fiction writers use, but it escapes me right now. I’d like to select 3 people to be my guinea pigs for book 2. Given that the series is written such that one book flows to the next to some degree a selected reader will get a free ebook copy of Love or Lustto give them some reference and establishment.
How to be selected? Nominate yourself. The means to do this?
Your three favourite scenes/lines/parts of the sample chapters and what it is you liked about them (if it just tickled you or some other thing that boils to — I don’t know, I just do — fine, you just do. Say so).
Why? (Just answer whatever you think I mean by asking this.)
Wait until 11am EDT the 2nd of June for me to announce the ones selected.