hmweasley 's Beta Reader Profile
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since: 11-28-06, id: 1171847
Author has written 38 stories | Harry Potter, Avatar: Last Airbender, Hunger Games, How I Met Your Mother, Twilight, Naruto, Mortal Instruments, Jimmy Neutron, Rugrats/All Grown Up!, Shadowhunters, Star Wars, Ouran High School Host Club, and How to Train Your Dragon.
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Beta Description
Beta Bio: general description as a beta reader
I've loved words and books and reading for as long as I can remember. When I was a kid, I had a reputation for always having a book in my hand, and that's still true today, even if that book is sometimes on my phone's Kindle app. As I grew older and realized there were people behind books, I wanted to write them too. I've been writing ever since.

In December, I finished my Bachelor's degree in English and secondary education with honors. Soon, I will begin my job as an English teacher.

I'd like to think that college has helped me become better at a lot of things, including being a beta reader. I'm learning more every day, and I want to be as helpful as I can to those I beta read for. I'm pretty flexible when it comes to beta reading. One of the things I try to remember from the education classes I've taken is that everyone approaches tasks differently, so I want to be able to find what works best for both of us. Ultimately, I'm helping you, not myself, so I should be focused on what works best for you, not works best for me. Always know that you can speak up and tell me if something I'm doing isn't working. This is your story we're working on after all. I'll listen to whatever expectations you have, and while I'll say something if I don't think a situation will work out, I'll try to compromise and figure out what system works. That includes: how and how often we'll send documents back and forth, what types of things you want me to look for (typos/grammar, focus on the plot/story, focus on characterization, and things like that), and anything else you'd like me to help with.

There are three methods for beta reading in my view: There's reading purely to correct grammar. There's reading to comment on aspects of the story. And there's reading for both. I'm willing to do any of the three. When you ask me to be your beta reader, please let me know which of the three methods you'd like me to take with your story. If you don't, I'm going to ask before I agree to beta for you. Also, if there's something specific you want me to look at because you're struggling with it or feel like it's a weak point with you're writing, let me know. If you want me to look at both grammar and story, I'd appreciate getting to read the chapter, provide feedback, you make any changes you feel necessary, and then I can re-read for grammar.

Something I can't say enough: Please, please, look over your own story once or twice for the blatant errors before you send it to me. I can't tell you how often I get stories with tons and tons of typos that the writer's spellcheck should have picked up on. I'm not asking for it to be perfect. If it was, I wouldn't be needed. But I don't want my job to primarily become right clicking on misspelled words that are clearly underlined in red and letting spellchecker change for you. It's blatantly obvious when you haven't done this, and I will say something to you. If you continue to send me chapters with many blatant errors, there's a good chance I'll tell you that I cannot beta for you any longer.

If English isn't your first language, I'd appreciate you letting me know as well. I have experience working with non-native speakers in English, not just as a beta reader but as a teacher. That won't affect whether or not I beta for you, but it does change how I might approach the process, depending on how good your grasp on the language is. One example of how I might approach it differently: When I find something worded awkwardly in a native speaker's story, I may just point it out and expect them to get why it sounds awkward (depending on the exact situation), but if the writer isn't a native speaker, I get that I'll probably have to give a more detailed explanation because it might not naturally sound awkward to your ears.

When I beta read, I highlight each change I make in the document so that the writer can clearly see it. I do this for two reasons: 1. I want whether or not the change stays in the story to be the author's final decision. 2. I've found that writers make a handful of mistakes over and over again. Everyone. I don't think I've ever worked with a writer (and I'm including myself in that) who doesn't make the same set of mistakes repeatedly even if they hardly make any other types of mistakes. My hope is that, if I highlight the mistakes for the writer to go over, you'll realize what your repeated mistakes are so that you can work your skills in writing.

As I do have a full plate outside of the world of fanfiction, there will undoubtedly be times when I'm so busy that it interferes with my availability as a beta. I will answer any messages you send me as quickly as I am able to, and if you send me a chapter that I think will take longer than usual to get back to you, I will be upfront with you about it.

My Strengths: beta, writing, or reading strengths
I tend to have a good eye for spelling and grammar, and if I'm confused on a grammar point, I'm good with Google. In that same vein, I have an obsessive need to fact check. If I'm reading your story and a bit of information seems off, I'll probably go check to see if it's right or not, and I'll probably point it out unless you've told me you don't want me to. That doesn't mean I'll catch every single wrong fact in a story, just that I'll look into anything that sounds off.

I'm also big on having a good idea of the timeline in a story. When it comes to my own writing, I always feel better at knowing the exact time span of events and when they happen in relation to each other. Every author is different, and in no way do I expect every writer I work with to do the same. I tend to do it naturally when I read to though, so my brain tries to sort that sort of thing out. I'll also probably point out any inconsistencies I see in that way while beta reading.

The American Midwest is where I've spent my entire life. If you're from elsewhere in the world and want help with Americanisms in speech or information (how the American school system works for example) for you're story, then I can help with those. Despite my extensive knowledge of Harry Potter and my years spent immersed in that universe, I shouldn't be the first person you go to for help with Britishisms.

I feel strange going into my strengths as a writer. Mostly because I don't feel like I'm disconnected from my writing enough to pick up on what my strengths are. If you want be to beta for you, I strongly encourage you to at least glance at one of my recent stories. I know I like to do that while searching for a beta for my own stories as you want to have faith in the abilities of your beta, and that's often the best way to know if they have the ability to spot problems with your own story before you work with them. Hopefully looking over some of my stuff will give you an idea of what my strengths are, and if you think I'm doing a good job on something you struggle with, then I will try my best to help you with that particular problem.

My Weaknesses: beta, writing, or reading weaknesses
I try to be mindful of my weaknesses, but I also know that there are always weaknesses that I haven't managed to spot.

One thing I struggle with writing is action sequences. I've tried to write some multiple times, and I've never been happy with how they turn out. Because of that, I've shied away from them in every single recent thing I've written. I wrote one quick action scene in something recently, and I purposefully kept it short because I was clueless as to how to go about it. Of course, I can still help with grammar, typos, and overall plot for any stories with action scenes, and I can tell from a reader's perspective when an action sequence isn't working. What I might not be as great at is offering advice about how to improve the scene. That being said, I'd love to have a chance to help you with that sort of thing because I might be able to learn from you as well about what works and what doesn't.

I've also struggled with characterization in the past, though I've been told by others that I'm no longer as terrible at this as I believe I am. I still struggle at times, and I'm not always the best at deciding when actions are in character or not. I can say that I tend to be better at it with other's writing than with my own.

What I would consider my biggest weakness is wordiness. If there's one thing I really focus on while editing my own stories, it would be making my word choice more succinct, but I still struggle with it. If you're looking for someone to cut down your own wordiness, then I might not be the best person to ask.

Preferred: types of stories I prefer over others
Due to a lack of time the number to people I already beta for, I'm very selective of who I agree to work with. If you have stories already written that will help me make a decision, since it can show me that you're not going to drop a story out of the blue and that you put effort into your work instead of sending me something riddled with blatant errors (like I mentioned above). While I feel bad turning people down, there's no possible way I can help everyone who asks me for help.

That is also why I'm no longer going to beta read stories for fandoms that I know nothing about. If you're writing a story for one of the fandoms listed below, then you're good. Otherwise, I'm sorry, but I'll turn you down. You may ask me again if you write a story for one of the listed fandoms. I do make exceptions to this if I've beta read for someone consistently over a period of time and they decide to write in a different fandom, but the first story (at least) that I work with someone on most be in one of the listed fandoms.

I don't have any problem beta reading stories of any rating as long as your story doesn't deal with anything mentioned in the section directly below.

Would Rather Not: I do not beta for these stories
I have a blood phobia, so reading anything extremely gory can be difficult for me. I get panicky over very graphic descriptions of blood, and I can't read them because of that. So keep that in mind if you have those sorts of scenes in your story. That being said, I'm working towards desensitizing myself, so I've gradually been exposing myself to more and more images and descriptions of gory stuff. It has helped, and dealing with bloody scenes isn't as difficult for me now as in the past. While I have my moments, I should be okay with it. I'll talk to you if something is so gory that I wasn't able to get through it.

Other than that, I think the only themes that are an automatic "no" from me are incest, "relationships" between adults and children or teenagers (especially if the author is trying to justify it as anything other than rape), or stories that glorify or sensationalize rape/sexual assault. That isn't to say I wouldn't beta a work that includes rape as an important part of the story. If there is a rape scene in your story, I want prior warning and will ask you to justify it for me. If I don't agree with your justification, I will ask that you find someone else to beta read your story.

Beta Preferences
Language: English
Content Rating: Fiction K » M
Categories: categories in black are ones this beta has authored for
Play A Midsummer's Night Dream
Book Along for the Ride
Cartoon Avatar: Last Airbender
Book Book Thief
Book Brave New World
Book Bridge to Terabithia
Book Casual Vacancy
Cartoon CatDog
Cartoon Chalkzone
Book Chosen, Chaim Potok
Cartoon Danny Phantom
Cartoon DarkWing Duck
Tv Dawson's Creek
Movie Despicable Me
Movie Dirty Dancing
Cartoon Disney
Book Dreamland
Cartoon DuckTales
Book Emma
Book Fahrenheit 451
Cartoon Fairly OddParents
Book Fault in Our Stars
Movie Finding Nemo
Cartoon Franklin
Tv Friends
Movie Frozen
Book Giver
Misc Greek Mythology
Movie Hairspray
Movie Halloweentown
Play Hamilton
Book Harry Potter
Cartoon Hey Arnold
Book Hobbit
Book Homer
Book Host
Tv How I Met Your Mother
Movie How the Grinch Stole Christmas
Movie How to Train Your Dragon
Book Hunger Games
Tv iCarly
Book Iliad
Movie Inside Out
Book Internet Girls
Cartoon Invader Zim
Cartoon Jimmy Neutron
Book Keeping the Moon
Anime Kekkaishi
Cartoon Kim Possible
Movie Land Before Time
Cartoon Legend of Korra
Movie Lilo & Stitch
Book Little Women
Tv Lizzie McGuire
Book Lock and Key
Book Looking For Alaska, John Green
Book Mansfield Park
Book Matched
Cartoon Mighty Ducks
Misc Misc. Books
Movie Moana
Book Mortal Instruments
Movie Mulan
Cartoon My Life as a Teenage Robot
Anime Naruto
Book Northanger Abbey
Book Number the Stars
Book Odyssey
Book Of Mice and Men
Anime Ouran High School Host Club
Book Paper Towns
Book Peeps
Movie Phantom of the Opera
Cartoon Pinky and the Brain
Cartoon Planet Sheen
Movie Pocahontas
Cartoon Prep & Landing
Movie Prestige
Book Pride and Prejudice
Movie Prince & Me
Movie Princess and the Frog
Movie Princess Diaries
Cartoon Proud Family
Movie Ratatouille
Tv Reign
Cartoon Ren & Stimpy Show
Play RENT
Cartoon Rocko's Modern Life
Cartoon Rugrats/All Grown Up!
Movie Schindler's List
Book Sense and Sensibility
Book Shades of London
Tv Shadowhunters
Book Short Second Life of Bree Tanner
Movie Shrek
Tv Skins
Book So Yesterday
Book Someone Like You
Movie Star Wars
Book Stargirl
Movie Tangled
Movie Tarzan
Book That Summer
Tv That's So Raven
Movie The Santa Clause
Book This Lullaby
Movie TiMER
Movie Tinkerbell
Movie Titanic
Book To Kill a Mockingbird
Movie Tomorrowland
Book Truth About Forever
Book Tuck Everlasting
Movie Tuck Everlasting, 2002
Book Twilight
Tv Twisted
Book Uglies
Movie WALL-E
Book What Happened to Goodbye
Play Wicked
Book Wicked
Cartoon Wild Thornberry
Book Will Grayson, Will Grayson
Book Witch of Blackbird Pond
Movie Wizard of Oz
Book Wuthering Heights
Tv Zoey 101
Movie Zootopia
Genres: genres in black are ones this beta has authored for
General
Romance
Humor
Drama
Adventure
Mystery
Parody
Supernatural
Suspense
Sci-Fi
Fantasy
Spiritual
Tragedy
Family
Hurt/Comfort
Friendship