Twilight Scribe 's Beta Reader Profile
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since: 07-23-06, id: 1097871
Author has written 83 stories | Final Fantasy: Crystal Chronicles, Tales of Symphonia, Sonic the Hedgehog, Devil May Cry, Baten Kaitos, Kingdom Hearts, Marvel Zombies, Doom, Batman, Hellboy, Legend of Zelda, Metal Gear, Super Smash Brothers, Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney, Pokémon, Chrono Trigger, Harry Potter, Spider-Man, Prince of Persia, Mario, Digimon, Naruto, Invader Zim, Fullmetal Alchemist, Lord of the Rings, Justice League, Kanpai!, Samurai Champloo, X-overs, Doctor Who, and Avatar: Last Airbender.
β : Twilight Scribe is a registered beta reader and is currently accepting beta reading requests.
Beta Description
Beta Bio: general description as a beta reader
(ACTUALLY! I'm not accepting new projects right at the moment. Sorry, but I'm just too busy... I'll continue to work with fics I've already accepted, but that's it for now. This profile's going to stay up just so you folks can know I exist.)

I'm an all-purpose beta and likely to be able to beta read for any fandom you could think of, just to varying degrees of accuracy.

If I've written a story about the fandom myself, I can definitely feel confident beta-ing for you and offering suggestions on characterization and other details (if ye want). If I haven't written a story in the fandom, I still may be very knowledgeable about it and I'll give it a shot. (For example, I haven't written any Star Wars fiction yet, but you'd be hard pressed to find a bigger fanatic than I. Unless you were at a con, then all bets are off...) If I have no clue about what's going on in the fandom you ask me to beta for... Well, I'll go do some research on it, then try and help anyway. (Though if I do that, I'm pretty much limited to spelling/grammar checking and sentence tweaking.)

Basically, if you need help with just about anything, get in touch via PM. Send me a semi-detailed summary/explaination of your story/problem and I'll see what I can do.

(Did I mention that I'm willing to do one-time help as well? Say you don't want me to beta your entire story, but simply focus on one issue in one chapter, then go away and leave you to write. Can do! Doesn't hurt my feelings in the least.)

The way I like to conduct business is that you send me a chapter of the story you need beta'd attached to an email. (I prefer Text (.txt) files or Wordpad (.rtf) files.) I refuse to work with the DocX because the system has already failed me more times than I'm willing to accept. (Sorry.) Anyway, the chapter... I'll read it, make edits, and send you the version I worked on attached to my reply email with notes on what I think could be changed, strengthened, cut completely, whatever. Then you do whatever you wish with the advice as it's your story, and shall always be your story.

My only expectations are that people asking for help be:
1) Serious about finishing their story. I don't want to work on fifteen chapters only to be told the story isn't working out and has been deleted. (Reasonable, right?)
2) Patient. I try my best to get chapters back on a timely basis with good effort put into each one, but sometimes life gets in the way and it takes (possibly) months to get back to where I was. I hate it when it happens, but sometimes it does. (If it ends up that I get caught up with life and you can't wait for me to get back, go ahead and call someone else to come beta for you, won't hurt my feelings.) 3) Polite. I try to be as civil as possible to the people I'm working with. (In fact, most of the people I've beta'd for are now good buddies.) All I ask is that you try to make the same effort.

Warning one: I will edit and make changes to your story. Be expecting that. Unless your writing style and my sensibilities mesh perfectly, the copy of the chapter you get back from me may well look very little/almost nothing like what you sent out. However, my number-one rule is that whether you want to keep them or not is entirely your choice, I will never pressure anyone I read for to blindly accept my changes, ever.

Warning two: I try to help anyone who asks, no matter how hopeless the story seems; but if I feel I can't help you at all, I'll turn you away (Sorry!) or try and send you to someone I think can help. It may be because I'd be horrible in the fandom you chose (there are a few that I just can't do, like Sailor Moon) or because I can't help in the genre you wrote (like my "no romance" clause), but I never do it without reason.

Warning three: If you prove yourself to be a generally peevish whelp who gets upset upon receiving even the slightest criticism, I'll drop you like an angry skunk wrapped in a hot potato. Of course, peevish whelps usually don't admit they need help and seek out betas, so I don't expect to actually have to carry through on this, I'm just getting the disclaimer out there.

Finally, in exchange for my help, all I ask is that you mention me in your author's notes. (If I only helped with one chapter, in the author's notes of that chapter.) A fair trade, no?

Anyway, that's me. Hope I can help.

My Strengths: beta, writing, or reading strengths
Strengths? Hm... I'm most skilled in writing humor, though I've done a lot of different styles. (Mystery, tragedy, suspense, horror, drama, parody...) I once did a Humor/Tragedy piece. Honestly, how did I manage that? You can call it creativity, mild psychosis, whatever you want; but the fact is that I will tackle tasks and think of things most people wouldn't. And most often, my ideas work out pretty well, no matter how outlandish they seem at first.

In short: I'm like a writing swiss army knife with a great personality. If you have an issue, there's a high chance I'll be able to help you with it.

My Weaknesses: beta, writing, or reading weaknesses
Romance. I say it again later, but I'm just not good at it.

Poetry. I work in prose. Aye, I can easily go to work on poetry, I've written entire papers in iambic pentameter before (not easy, believe me), but it would be wise of you to choose someone else to help with poetry.

Absolutely perfect grammar. As you can probably tell, I'm fluent in English and my grammar is fairly good. However, I'm more than willing to sacrifice textbook-perfect grammar for style. This means that I'll leave sentence fragments as they are, won't abide by the most esoteric rules of grammar, and generally let things slide if they sound "right." If you want your piece to be grammatically prim and proper down to the last detail, I'm the wrong person to ask. Otherwise, go for it.

Preferred: types of stories I prefer over others
Let's see... Action/adventure stories, stories written in flim noir style, stories with a real plot or point (that one's a requirement, actually...), and on the part of the author: a good sense of humor.

Note: I. Like. Zombies.

More specifics will come when I think of it, trust me.

Would Rather Not: I do not beta for these stories
Lemons, limes, whatever the heck you want to call them. Let's just say I'm allergic to citrus. (For those of you who don't know why I'm gibbering about fruit: You're both lucky and awesome.) In order to make it absolutely, unmistakably crystal clear: No gratiuitous sexually graphic stuff of any sort, ever. Sorry, but I inadvertently stumble across enough of that on this site already, I don't need it in my inbox too...

Actually, I'd like to avoid even tame romance if possible. I've tried my hand at it and realized I'm just not good at writing or reading romance. No critical skills there at all, so it would be useless for both of us if I tried. The same goes for purely fluffy fics.

However! If your fic contains fluff, but the fluff is merely a side note to the plot, I'll still do my best to help out.

(I'm holding firm on the citrus issue though. None. Ever. Lo siento.)

Beta Preferences
Language: English
Content Rating: Fiction K » M
Categories: categories in black are ones this beta has authored for
Comic 300
Cartoon Avatar: Last Airbender
Comic Batman
Cartoon Batman Beyond
Anime Blade of the Immortal
Anime Cat Returns
Anime Claymore
Anime Count Cain: God Child
Cartoon Courage: The Cowardly Dog
Anime Death Note
Game Devil May Cry
Book Discworld
Tv Doctor Who
Game Doom
Anime Dragon Ball
Tv Drew Carey Show
Game Final Fantasy: Crystal Chronicles
Anime Fullmetal Alchemist
Anime Ghost Hunt
Book Harry Potter
Comic Hellboy
Book His Dark Materials
Movie Indiana Jones
Cartoon Invader Zim
Movie James Bond
Comic Justice League
Movie Kill Bill
Game Legend of Zelda
Book Lord of the Rings
Comic Marvel Zombies
Movie Matrix
Movie Monty Python
Anime Naruto
Cartoon Ninja Turtles
Movie Pan's Labyrinth/El laberinto del fauno
Game Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney
Movie Pirates of the Caribbean
Game Pokémon
Movie Princess Bride
Cartoon Reboot
Book Redwall
Book Robert Asperin
Anime Rurouni Kenshin
Cartoon Samurai Jack
Comic Sandman
Tv Scrubs
Tv Seinfeld
Play Shakespeare
Movie Shaun of the Dead
Game Sonic the Hedgehog
Movie Spaceballs
Comic Spider-Man
Movie Star Wars
Game Super Smash Brothers
Movie Sweeney Todd
Game Tales of Symphonia
Cartoon Teen Titans
Movie Terminator
Book Twilight
Tv Twilight Zone
Movie Van Helsing
Movie Wallace and Gromit
Tv X-Files
Movie X-Men: The Movie
Anime Yu Yu Hakusho
Genres: genres in black are ones this beta has authored for