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Written on: 15/05/2004 by Hesione (1 review written)

I gave consideration, as to what I could as a long-standing member, (since virtually its inception) say about the present site. where authors and readers can come together, fact or fiction?

The statement appears to be true, although under scrutiny facts regarding the readership figures have little semblances to truth or reality.

Quoted figures are nonsense in real terms; less than 5% suggested readership leaves any form of review, a large amount of the reviews submitted are probably from the resident author's selves.

Which if analysed further makes for extremely poor reading from an author view point.

And if by chance submitted to the real commercial world, would indeed be laughed at out of hand.

None of the submitting reviewers are allowed give any from of critical review, and any author who ventures to suggest a criticism of the posted work, either have their comments removed, or is arbitrarily banned as a member, with no refund towards their unexpired membership fee. (Woes betide anyone silly enough to subscribe to a three-year membership).

The site in ease of operation from some readers view is possibly one of the best constructed sites available, and indeed fortunate to have acquired such an up and running site. Unfortunately the site is continually beset by technical problems.

In order to placate the growing concerns from the poetry subscribing members (Who it would appear constitute by far the largest section of fee paying members)that they appeared to be getting nothing in return for their investment, of money, time, and posted effort.

Having spent three years on Authorsden in various guises I feel that I am probably as qualified to present an opinion as any other Author/ Member.

My conclusion is that if you are a vanity poet, and are quite happy to spend hours registering senseless, and glowing comments on others authors work, they will indeed respond with a similar amount of nonsensical comment.

If you are a serious writer, or perhaps would like to be recognised as such, then Authorsden could reduce chances of having your work accepted by publishing houses, or even being read by their editorial staff.

Most publishers take the view that once posted on AD it is considered published.

and merely reject without explanation.

No doubt a number of AD members will try to point out that their posted work has been accepted, that of course merely points out the exception to the rule, rather than disproving for the vast majority of authors their previously posted work submitted to Editors will be rejected.

So if you are one of those writers that really enjoy seeing your name on a computer screen, and do not mind paying an incredible amount of money for the privilege of doing so.

Then Authorsden is undoubtedly then, the site for you.

Myself I have found the exercise more productive by acquiring a free web site, and receiving up to a thousand hits a month from genuine readers


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