Defying.Expectations 's Beta Reader Profile
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since: 11-03-06, id: 1159273
Author has written 135 stories | Harry Potter, Wicked, Pendragon, Sweeney Todd, Shakespeare, House, M.D., Misc. Books, Chess, Dexter, and Hunger Games.
β : Defying.Expectations is a registered beta reader and is currently accepting beta reading requests.
Beta Description
Beta Bio: general description as a beta reader
PLEASE READ FIRST: as I am already betaing 5 long WIPs, I cannot currently take on any more long fics as beta projects. If you have a shorter fic that you'd like me to beta (let's say approximately 15k words maximum), I will still consider working with you on a case-by-case basis. Thanks and happy writing!


I've been a beta for about a decade now (PI Accredited . . . back when that fantastic site still existed, at least!), so I have beta'd many stories for quite a few authors. I prefer to exchange e-mails and then use Track Changes for my betaing. But we could also use changes over PM, with me commenting in brackets, if you prefer. I critique all aspects of your story: both content (characters, plot, etc) and form (spelling, grammar, sentence structure, etc). I also record my general comments/reactions to different scenes so you can get an idea of how at least one reader reacts to your fic. I'm always happy to talk with you about any aspect of your story, as well as send the chapter back and forth several times as you revise and edit various parts.

I expect you to have at least a basic grasp of how to write. You should know, for example, that a period comes after every sentence, or to capitalize character names. I don't mean to sound haughty or cruel . . . I just don't have the patience or the time to entirely reformat someone else's writings.

My Strengths: beta, writing, or reading strengths
I have a good grasp of story elements: plot, characterization, past/present tense, perspective, that sort of thing. I am also confident with my grammar and commonly confused words (e.g. your/you're, they're/there/their, etc).
My Weaknesses: beta, writing, or reading weaknesses
Spelling. I truly cannot spell to save my life. I do, however, have a spellcheck. ;]

In terms of my own writing, I have many things I would like to improve upon. Poetry, action scenes, and descriptions, to name a few. But these things shouldn't impair my ability to beta your fic.

And, of course, I am only human. Though I would like to believe that I never make mistakes, I do. I may not catch everything in your story. But I will always read the story at least twice, and I will always do my best.

Preferred: types of stories I prefer over others
I will beta for any of the fandoms that I have listed. As for genres, I'm open to anything. Romance is my favorite, as anyone who has browsed my own writings will know. But I really do love all genres, hybrids of different genres, etc. Surprise me.
Would Rather Not: I do not beta for these stories
I do not beta poetry, as I am generally horrendous in that area. I also am not a fan of incest. Apart from that . . . bring it on!
Beta Preferences
Language: English
Content Rating: Fiction K » M
Categories: categories in black are ones this beta has authored for
Play Assassins
Book Astonishing Adventures of Fanboy and Goth Girl
Book Blood of Eden, Julie Kagawa
Play Company
Book Curious Incident of the Dog at Night-Time
Tv Dexter
Tv Downton Abbey
Play Evita
Book Fangirl
Movie Fight Club
Play Hamilton
Book Harry Potter
Tv House, M.D.
Book Hunger Games
Play Into the Woods
Play Jekyll & Hyde
Play Les Misérables
Play Next to Normal
Play Notre Dame de Paris
Tv Office
Tv Once Upon a Time
Play Passion
Book Pendragon
Tv Penny Dreadful
Play Sunday in the Park with George
Movie Sweeney Todd
Play Sweeney Todd
Play Urinetown
Play Wicked
Genres: genres in black are ones this beta has authored for