I just joined the website WeBook.com. I found it when I was sorting through some of my old likes on StumbleUpon. I had saved it a couple years ago and never went back. I guess it's a good thing though because I guess it went through a lot of trouble and some bad owners. But it's up and running again.
Anway, it's a website where people can submit their writing. Other readers judge the first page of a manuscript and rate it. If it gets enough good ratings it moves to the second round where readers judge five pages, and from there fifty pages. It's a community that tries to circumvent the traditional publishing model by going for what readers want, not what publishers or agents want. Seems cool.
I've rated about 50 items. Mostly fiction in the young adult and teen categories, some science fiction, and some short stories and poetry. Most of it is garbage full of rookie mistakes. I know that I'm being overly critical because I went to school for this sort of thing, but seriously, have these people never read a book and looked for what works. You can't start a book with a page of description about the rising sun or a "youth" smoking a cigarette "inhaling poison and exhaling years of his life." It just makes me so angry. No wonder so many garbage books these days get published, some people don't know how to write.
Sorry, I also just read Invincible by Sherrilyn Kenyon. It's a terrible book that I bought from Walmart's bargain bin. $3.48 was too much to pay for that garbage and I'm trying to get rid of it as quickly as possible.
I need to start writing regularly again. At least I think to edit my stuff before posting it online.