In a previous post, I asked whether it was a good idea to have a Kickstarter reward for authors who donated $50 to have their submissions critiqued, and to have the opportunity to resubmit. The reaction was generally negative, and I understand why; and to be honest, I should have known before asking that it would be problematic. The Talmud (Ketuvot 105) lists several examples of where even pious scholars had their judgment perverted by attempts at bribery, even when the bribes themselves were refused. In general, the rabbis issue a stark warning against any hint of conflicts of interest.

I may still offer some kind of critique as a reward, but if so, it will be for a separate story that is not under consideration. Thank you to everyone who gave their feedback!