|Beta Bio: general description as a beta reader
Hey there. I'm Eva, nice to meet you. My first (and only fluent) language is English. When I beta read, I go through line by line, both fixing grammar and commenting on sentences/paragraphs I like and don't like, and why. You'll never get a flame from me; I don't believe in being harsh to get my point across. I will say that if I don't like something, I will comment on it and I will comment on it repeatedly and strictly. I would appreciate if you would at least try on grammar and spelling before handing it to me; I'm here to HELP you make your work look good, not decipher it and translate it into non-chatspeak. If you can take constructive criticism well, and are open minded to ideas, I think we'll get along just fine. All that said, I'm fairly laid back, and quite willing to listen. After all, it IS your story, not mine!
|My Strengths: beta, writing, or reading strengths
I'm fairly good at catching grammar mistakes, for one. As a personality thing, I think I'm good at suggesting things instead of forcing change. I catch small things. I don't know, it's hard to think of my own strengths. Go ask someone I've beta'd for.
|My Weaknesses: beta, writing, or reading weaknesses
I get frustrated quickly when people obviously only half-ass something. At least TRY to use grammar and spelling, and sentences like you'd read in an average book, please? I CAN translate your story into normal-english, but I'm not going to be happy about it, and I will not do it more than once (that's one chapter; not one story).
|Preferred: types of stories I prefer over others
I prefer Romance. Anything not boring, really (I'm currently beta-ing a Sci Fi thriller... horror... something. What'd that thing officially get termed? I forgot. Whatever it is, I'd never read anything like it's genre before). As for series I like: Kuroshitsuji (Black Butler), Fullmetal Alchemist, Tortall series by Tamora Pierce, Firefly, Homestuck even (in fact, if you can get me Sollux/KK I will be your new best friend), Black Cat, Ouran, Axis Powers Hetalia... a lot of different things. I'll also read something I don't know, and try to find references to make sure they're in character. Try me, I'll probably accept the challenge. Oh, and I'll read any pairing, unless it REALLY goes against my tastes (like Roy/Ed or Riza/Ed, for example. I don't mind if you ship it, it just goes against my tastes and I wouldn't be able to beta it without bias).
|Would Rather Not: I do not beta for these stories
I would prefer non-girl/girl fics, though there are some exceptions, especially if it's well written. The more out-there the pairing, the harder I'll find it to beta (my friend recently beta'd a Snape/Luna fic), but I can beta anything, again especially if it's well written.
Something I absolutely WILL NOT READ: If you type like a teenage girl trying to send a story to her friend on a cell phone. Basic grammar, basic spelling. Learn it, live it, love it. And THEN get back to me.