|Beta Bio: general description as a beta reader
My style is to be as constructive as possible with feedback on whatever I read. I look for areas of strength in a story, and help the writer build on those by improving aspects that aren't as strong. I would expect that anyone requesting my help for a longer fic would give me a brief (at least 2-3 paragraphs or up to a few pages max) synopsis or outline. In addition, when you send chapters or whatever, let me know if you have specific concerns or if you want me to just do an overall critique. And obviously, I would need sufficient time to do a thorough job with it. Although I would hope that you would carefully consider my suggestions, it is ultimately your story, so I won't be offended if you decide to go a different way.
|My Strengths: beta, writing, or reading strengths
I am really solid on the basics of writing, including grammar, spelling, sentence structure, and vocabulary (and frankly, I am constitutionally incapable of ignoring major errors in these areas). I also have a reasonably good ear for dialogue. Finally, I am pretty good at identifying issues with plot and story structure.
|My Weaknesses: beta, writing, or reading weaknesses
I'm not so great with descriptions of visual information, such as settings, physical descriptions, or descriptions of movement. I'm just not that visual of a person, so I'm always impressed with people who can do that well. Also, I may or may not be able to help with creative direction. In the Potterverse, don't rely on me for Britpicking (as I'm American) or for canon (as I tend to ignore that when it doesn't suit me, and I've read so much fanfic by now that sometimes I'm not sure what's canon and what's fanon).
|Preferred: types of stories I prefer over others
I like humor, romance, smut, and mild angst. Historical is fine, as long as you don't expect me to know the actual historical stuff (I know a little about some periods, practically nothing about others - if you want to know what I know about a specific period, contact me). For GH, Liason is my favorite pairing, but I'm willing to work with most other pairings - ask about specifics, except as below. For Harry Potter, I'm mainly an SSHG shipper, though I'm willing to look at other pairings except as below.
|Would Rather Not: I do not beta for these stories
With very few exceptions, I don't care for paranormal stuff or anything that could be considered horror or gory. I'll beta any rating up to a mild NC-17, but I do have some squicks, including non-con that's treated as anything that belongs in a positive relationship, pedophilia, and significant BDSM, among others (ask me if you're not sure).
For GH: Please don't ask me to beta LnL2, Jasam, or Jarly pairings (friendships ok, not romance).
For HP: Please don't ask me to beta SS or HG in romantic relationships with anyone except each other (though non-explicit threesomes are okay). Pretty much anything else is okay, though with some characters, I can't promise to be helpful in the area of characterization.