JG Chan 's Beta Reader Profile
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since: 11-15-06, id: 1166510
Author has written 2 stories | Sailor Moon.
β : JG Chan is a registered beta reader and is currently accepting beta reading requests.
Beta Description
Beta Bio: general description as a beta reader
Hi everyone. My name is JG, and I am currently wandering somewhere in post-secondary education. I have no real experience at beta-reading, but I'd like to give it a try and hopefully help someone out. As a writer, I know how it can feel to get stuck at that one blasted point, or to just want someone to talk to about ideas and whatnot.

As a beta-reader, I can go through a chapter and correct mistakes, point out places that are unclear or that could use improvement, discuss plans and ideas for the story as a whole, etc. I think working WITH the author to improve a story based on his/her wishes is the best way to go, and to that end I'll provide as much feedback as possible instead of just arbitrarily making changes.

As for my expectations, I expect the author to be open to discussion, of course, otherwise there wouldn't be much point to this. ;) Also, I expect respect for the characters and canon of the original work. Disliking characters is fine. Making reasoned changes to the canon is fine. AUs are fine. Arbitrarily changing everything around or writing everyone OOC to suit yourself is not.

My Strengths: beta, writing, or reading strengths
I'm quite good with grammar and spelling, have a fairly extensive vocabulary, and am not afraid of going and looking through the dictionary to make sure of things. I'm also an avid and diligent researcher when it comes to exact or obscure canon information. Lastly, I'm pretty familiar with Japanese culture and know a bit of the language as well, so I can help those who like to be accurate about those things. (I'm good with ancient Chinese culture and general mythology as well, if anyone wants to use those)
My Weaknesses: beta, writing, or reading weaknesses
Lack of experience, perhaps? What I can do as a writer comes from reading a lot as opposed to formal study of creative writing, so I wouldn't be much help with advanced writing techniques and such. I can be picky about canon at times, though I'll desist if the author has a reason for not going along with it. I also can be a bit slow (so send early), and I absolutely cannot do poetry.
Preferred: types of stories I prefer over others
I prefer working with stories with some kind of planned ending, as I'm definitely not confident about helping direct an open-ended project. I also would prefer to stick to Sailor Moon, and to a lesser extent, Tenchi Muyo and Ai Yori Aoshi, as those are the only series I know enough about to seriously help with.
Would Rather Not: I do not beta for these stories
-I'm firmly against OCs overshadowing canon characters, please keep them away from me.
-I'm not too good with concentrated angst/dark fics, so I wouldn't be much help there. On the other end of the spectrum, I'm not good with parody either, even though I enjoy some of them.
-As corollary to the above 'respect clause', I tend to dislike character-bashing and unjustified non-canon pairings. Though if you've put real effort into developing the latter, then it's all good.

Beyond that, I'll definitely take a stab at anything you'd like me to try within the above fandoms.

Beta Preferences
Language: English
Content Rating: Fiction K » M
Categories: categories in black are ones this beta has authored for
Anime Ai Yori Aoshi
Anime Sailor Moon
Anime Tenchi Muyo
Genres: genres in black are ones this beta has authored for