Scarlett Princess 's Beta Reader Profile
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since: 07-12-06, id: 1089332
Author has written 5 stories | Harry Potter, Chronicles of Narnia, and National Velvet.
β : Scarlett Princess is a registered beta reader and is currently accepting beta reading requests.
Beta Description
Beta Bio: general description as a beta reader
Outside of grammar and punctuation, which I will most willingly edit, I prefer to make suggestions on general improvements. For most people, writing is very personal, so I won't typically go in-depth unless asked. If asked, I will edit your story six ways to Sunday- with the understanding that there will be no crying about the results! If you want your story to get a good working over, you must have a thick skin.

If I were to have a Beta name, it would be "The Condenser" because I condense things. A friend read an essay I wrote once and said, "Reading one of your essays is like getting hit over the head by a brick," meaning, of course, that I get right down to the point and cut the fluff, or extra words. For example, I see the phrase, "It seemed as if..." quite often. My opinion is, cut the crap and write "it was" or "it wasn't". I also agree with Mark Twain who said, "Every time you are inclined to use the word 'very', substitute the word 'damn'. Your editor will delete it and the writing will be as it should be." In my opinion, the same goes for words such as "really" or similar.

My Strengths: beta, writing, or reading strengths
I'm a fair hand at grammar and punctuation. Also, I can help make dialogue for period pieces (Jane Austen fics, etc) sound more authentic. I'm good at making dialogue sound natural.
My Weaknesses: beta, writing, or reading weaknesses
I'm an American, so one of my weaknesses is British-isms, i.e. using flat instead of apartment, biscuit instead of cookie and etc, however, I'm not entirely inept at picking them out. I just won't get all of them.
Preferred: types of stories I prefer over others
Prose, definitely, but I will take a look at poetry even if it's not my favorite. I also prefer comedy, parody and romance, but I don't mind other genres.
Would Rather Not: I do not beta for these stories
slash and lemons
Beta Preferences
Language: English
Content Rating: Fiction K » T
Categories: categories in black are ones this beta has authored for
Book Alexandre Dumas
Book Alice in Wonderland
Book American Girl
Book Anne of Green Gables series
Book Catcher in the Rye
Book Chronicles of Narnia
Book Edgar Allan Poe
Book Ella Enchanted
Book Emma
Misc Greek Mythology
Book Harry Potter
Book Jedi Apprentice
Book Last Unicorn
Book Little House series
Book Little Women
Book Neverending Story
Book Orson Scott Card
Book Peter Pan
Book Redwall
Book Robin Hood
Book Scarlet Pimpernel
Book Secret Garden
Play Shakespeare
Book Sherlock Holmes
Book Song of the Lioness
Movie Star Wars
Book To Kill a Mockingbird
Book Treasure Island
Book Witch of Blackbird Pond
Genres: genres in black are ones this beta has authored for