Writers Are Using Simily’s Groups to Get Free Beta Readers

I keep rejecting invitations to groups with the only goal to promote only one writer’s work

2 min readFeb 24, 2022


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From what I’ve understood of Simily, the platform started as a place to share fiction stories and then expanded opening to other genres.

Simily has a feature similar to Facebook: groups.

Everyone can start a group, invite people and share posts and stories.

I’ve even seen a group created to promote a Facebook group for Simily’s writers. Isn’t it crazy? What’s the point of having a Facebook group when there is already a place for writers to gather on the writing platform?

Another practice I’ve noticed is creating a group to solely share chapters of the novel of the founder so they can get feedback from other writers and readers.

Despite rejecting the invitation to those kinds of groups, the founders seem not to care or not to remember they’ve already invited me and keep sending me invitations.

To me, it seems they’re looking for beta readers. As Wikipedia says, a beta reader is “who gives feedback from the point of view of an average reader to the author. A beta reader provides advice and comments in the opinions of an average reader.”

A beta reader is usually paid to do the job because, let’s be honest, reading a novel takes time, and to give valuable feedback, you need to read carefully.

When browsing on a writing platform, I want to be free to read what I’m interested in and not feel obliged to leave a comment.

Being harassed with invitation after invitation to read novels because the author is looking to find beta readers for free is becoming annoying.

I hope Simily’s staff will implement the platform to block people and groups.




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