The species to which I'm referring are beta readers.
I don't know how many times someone has said to me "Yeah, when it's ready I'll read it."
Now that it is ready, these people are nowhere to be found.
I can only go through it so many times. I've almost memorised the words of my latest horror novel but I'm pretty sure (as Donna Yates clearly illustrated when she kindly proofed Three Hoodies for me) that I keep on missing my typos and punctuational errors. Even if I have to pay, I'll do it - begrudgingly.
But I'll go with threats for now and resort to bribery only if I have to.