I've been looking at the problems and complaints we have from Perfect Imagination, and one of the main issues writers have is that they cannot find a beta reader to either accept a project or stick with it.
As things stand, writers select which betas to contact. This means that, perhaps because the profile didn't appeal, or because someone did not *precisely* match their search criteria, they might be missing out on getting in touch with their perfect beta reader.
What I thought was that, for every fandom, we could have a "still searching" page, where writers who were unable to find a beta reader, or who had not had a beta accept their preliminary, could list the details of their project. That way, any beta reader on the site could browse the list and see if anything caught their fancy.
This also means that, rather than waiting for preliminaries to land in their inbox, a beta reader could actively hunt for a project that took their interest.
The basic premise would be that projects were listed for approximately a month, and it would be possible to see all the details you would get in a preliminary, perhaps with the exception of the author's age. A beta could then either contact the author for more information, or accept the project.
We would probably also list them from oldest to newest, so that those who had been waiting the longest would be seen first.
We would ask writers to contact at least five beta readers before resorting to a "still searching" listing.
Does this sound like a good new feature?
Does the "still searching" feature sound like a good addition to Perfect Imagination?
With regards the "Beta in the spotlight" feature, it's now in the pipeline. It will take some rather major coding, but it should turn up within the year.
As always, thank you all for your assistance and support.