I've noticed that many authonomy writers post unfinished work, fishing for critiques. That's fine, but things that are unfinished should never compete with things that ARE the author's final, best effort. I don't know, I think I've seen a good number of unfinished or works in progress here that are lightyears better than some of the complete ones. I'd put my unfinished one up against most on here. As far as 'ready to go to press', even most published authors didn't have ready to go to press books when they finished them; their editors had to shape them up first. Even famous ones like Hemingway still needed developmental editors. What most of the talented writers on here need is some publisher to believe in them enough to take them on and begin whipping their books into shape. Sadly, publishers no longer feel they need to develop writers, which means many of the old greats would have never made it had they existed under this system.
I would rather not read something that's in progress. Others might want to focus on such posts. Both of us are foiled unless the author has mentioned the status of the work in the pitch, where it definitely does not belong.
So, let's add a radio list to every book :
[ ] I'm still working on this book.
[ ] This book is edited and ready to go to press. <nolink></nolink>