|Beta Bio: general description as a beta reader
As a betareader, I can be both a friend and a critic. I won't spare your feelings, but I won't leave you crying by the end of the beta process. I tend to be brutally honest--a "Cordelia" type, if you will. You can expect me to tell you if there is something wildly wrong with your story. I will, however, also offer supportive comments and tell you what I liked and what you've succeeded with. I don't have too much beta experience, but I have edited a lot of original fiction, essays, and other writing for friends and classmates. I have also worked as a writing tutor, so I have a decent background in grammar and overall writing skills.
|My Strengths: beta, writing, or reading strengths
I'm good with characterization and continuity. I can also help with flow and general plotting. My grammar isn't impeccable, but it's better than average, certainly, and I can usually catch problems. I can usually recognize gaping plot-holes and problems with characterization. I can also Yankpick, if needed.
|My Weaknesses: beta, writing, or reading weaknesses
I don't feel I could help very much in beta-ing PWP, not because it isn't fun to read but because I have less experience writing it. I will betaread stories that involve sexual situations, however. Also, being an American, I won't be of much use as a Britpicker. I know some English slang, but am by no means an authority. In terms of genre, I am usually best at betareading stories that are not entirely plot-based, but focus more on characters or relationships.
|Preferred: types of stories I prefer over others
Anything goes, for the most part. I generally prefer angst, but I will read anything... romance, action, crack fic, you name it! Within the Buffyverse, I'm partial to the character of Buffy, more or less regardless of pairing. In the Doctor Who fandom, I'm like to read pairings involving Nine, Ten, Rose, Jack, Donna, Martha, and Mickey. For stories set within the House, M.D. universe I like reading House/Cameron. For Harry Potter, I prefer Harry/Hermione or stories involving the Marauders. Other pairings and characters are fine, though.
|Would Rather Not: I do not beta for these stories
I'm pretty open, although I'm not a big fan of incest.