|Beta Bio: general description as a beta reader
Hi, I'm Kiki--a stickler for spelling, continuity and grammar. I've been reading and writing fanfiction since I was about fourteen years old, and yes, I have some of those really old, embarrassing fictions STILL on my computer just to remind me how much better I am now than I was then.
It's taken a lot of trial and error to get to a point where I've been comfortable publishing my own stories rather than just lurking and writing "in secret" at home. I know the stress of wondering if the idea is original enough, whether or not the characters are "in" character, and the whole "well Mr. Know-it-all spellcheck how the $@*! do you spell it then?!".
I work best with a specific time limit, and also with fandoms that I myself am interested in. I like to have contact with the authors while I'm editing or switching things around so that I don't do too much--I don't want to take over your style and just replace it with mine. Enhancing yours to the best it can be (correct spelling, grammatically correct and with a nice flow to it) is the main goal.
I'm not saying my stories are perfect, there are still things that I fix ("in secret" on my home files) so that my work is constantly evolving. I appreciate constructive criticism and am extremely glad when someone can point out a mistake that I missed.
The most important thing about your writing: be passionate, be thorough. If you don't know about a subject, research. Sure it may be fanfiction, but that doesn't mean that it isn't a valid form of expression.
It doesn't have to suck, ^_^ not even a little.
|My Strengths: beta, writing, or reading strengths
I am very good at spotting continuity errors. If it's improtant to the plot, you can't be switching details around every chapter. If it's not important to the plot, I try to decide how many ambient details to put in, and what to cut.
Spelling has always been something I've been good at. I'm not saying I know the whole dictionary inside and out (yes, there are words that I look up too) but if there is an uncertainty of the correct spelling of a word--look it up, no matter how "easy" it is. I can also tell the difference between homonyms; "accept" and "except"; "they're", "their" and "there", and when they're being used properly (see? ^_^)
Grammar is very important in stories to me. You may have the greatest idea for a story and get it all down on "paper", but then your writing can appear juvenile and sloppy if you don't form it properly. It doesn't have to be perfect, but care for your writing shows care for your fandom. And if you love your fandom, shouldn't you try to show it?
|My Weaknesses: beta, writing, or reading weaknesses
I get wordy. Sometimes excessively so (see?). Yes, I may have the "perfect word" for you to use that would explain it all, but no one else would know what it meant. -__- There are times when I have to remind myself that sometimes two words are better (and easier to understand) than one.
Scheduling can be an issue for me. I try to set aside time for my own stories, but sometimes life throws big chunks of busy and I have to take a break from my hobby. Everyone has things going on that affect their schedules at some point--but while I'm set to "accepting" status, I will try to make sure that I can work a schedule out between authors and myself to make sure their work gets the time and attention it deserves too. (Cause we all like updates)
If I haven't read/watched/looooved the fandom, I won't be able to help with the characterization or the plausibility of the plot. I like to have an "interview" even if it's just a couple emails back and forth, with the author to make sure we're on the same page. That being said, even if I have my own idea about a character's personality doesn't make it the only possibility. That's what fanfiction is all about, isn't it?
|Preferred: types of stories I prefer over others
As my profile reads, I'm a yaoi writer. Boyxboy. I personally prefer to read it as well as write, but I will beta het. and gen. if someone needs another opinion on it.
That being said, if you are a yaoi writer too, I am very good at beta-ing your *ahem* naughty scenes. I've had a lot of experience writing them and (though I may have a preference of terms I use) can help you get through them without them sounding silly and without them overstepping the "M" rating of ff.net. Fine line people, fine line.
I have several fandoms, during the first emails back and forth, I'll establish if I'm comfortable enough with the characters to work on that aspect with you.
|Would Rather Not: I do not beta for these stories
Het sex scenes. Yes, I'm "straight" but I don't like to read them in fanfiction. I have enough mainstream novels to use up that quota pretty darn fast.
That being said, there are exceptions to even that rule. I don't mind a het pairing in a story if it's primarily yaoi. Like having a background Ron/Hermione in a Harry Potter fiction, or a Loz/Tifa for Final Fantasy VII.
M-Preg. I've read about two stories EVER that did this well. And that's in about 8 years of reading.
If there's anything about your story that I can't get past, I'll let you know. Chances are if it squicks me, it's going to squick at least 50% of your audience too.