Don-Jam 's Beta Reader Profile
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since: 06-02-08, id: 1593567
Author has written 5 stories | Life With Derek, and Harry Potter.
β : Don-Jam is a registered beta reader and is currently accepting beta reading requests.
Beta Description
Beta Bio: general description as a beta reader
I'm new to beta-reading but some have shown me their work from time to time. I am not unaccustomed to offering advice, ideas and thoughts on a story. I'm newish to proof-reading but I think it's one of those thing that the more you do it, the better you get at it. I love to read, it has something to do with not being able to before the age about 17. I'm open to reading most thing, but if I do not like it I just stop reading and go find something else. But saying that, I do not like being a harsh, blunt critic. I look for the good in ever thing. My goal when betaering or reviews is always to help someone improve their /br /br /

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If there is one thing I do not like it is bad grammar. Without good grammar how am I to know what you are saying? Bad grammar put me off a story is no time at all. As someone ones sad: “I believe in the importance of word choice and syntax, although I will not enforce them upon you. Sentence length, rhythm, and connotation are important in a story for aesthetic value.”br /br /br /

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For me, plot, characterization, and your 'author voice' are the most important things in a story. You can not learn to have a voice. You have got to find your own one. br /br /br /

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I enjoy a plot that unique or has a twist at the end. Stories should not never be predictable. I know that a good writer can turn the most obvious plot into a mystery and still leave the readers guessing to the very end and sometime after it too.(Which as a readers, I both hate and love.) I have always sad do not be afraid to be different or to think outside the /br /br /

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I like facts checked and I am happy to help you check. I also enjoy researching things, I do not know why, I just do. If your facts are off it well put anyone who knows the facts off your story in no time. I know this as I'm from the UK and I cannot tell you how many time an author has not checked their facts about us. It is embarrassing!br /br /br /

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All I ask of anyone is respect and kindness in return for respect and kindness from me. I do not expect you to do what I tell you to do, but I do expect you to listen to what I have to say and to think about it.

My Strengths: beta, writing, or reading strengths
I'm good at coming up with plot ideas and with grammar. I'm also not that bad correcting awkward wording, that is if you want me do. I am good at checking facts and more then happy to help research most things for you. Most of the time I am quick to respond to you.
My Weaknesses: beta, writing, or reading weaknesses
I'm not so good at planning out plots or at spelling. I'm at times not as critical as I shod be and I'm not as good at descriptives as I'd like to be. I'm not so good at finishing my stories, I have a few on the go at any one time. English is not be first language it's Welsh, but as Wales is part of the UK and Welsh is not used all that much were I live I do use English most of the time and I use it almost as much as any Englishmen (or Americans or Canadians or whoever) dis.
Preferred: types of stories I prefer over others
I am open to most things but if there is ever anything that I feel that I cannot do, I shall get back to you and tell you so very fast and thereby gave you time to look or someone else to Beta for /br /br /

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I am happy to do most “incest” story, as “Incest is any sexual activity between close relatives (often within the immediate family) irrespective of the ages of the participants...that is illegal, socially taboo or contrary to a religious norm. The type of sexual activity and the nature of the relationship between persons that constitutes a breach of law or social taboo vary with culture and jurisdiction [and time].” So 'incest' is very much down to your POV.

Would Rather Not: I do not beta for these stories
Smut if it's rated 'M' is OK but if it just smut, then no think you. I am happy to do a story were there is homosexuality in it, but if that's all most of it is about, then I don't feel that I can do.
Beta Preferences
Language: English
Content Rating: Fiction K » M
Categories: categories in black are ones this beta has authored for
Tv Battlestar Galactica: 2003
Cartoon Ben 10
Book Chronicles of Narnia
Anime Crest of the Stars
Misc Greek Mythology
Book Harry Potter
Anime Hetalia - Axis Powers
Tv Life With Derek
Book Percy Jackson and the Olympians
Genres: genres in black are ones this beta has authored for
General
Romance
Humor
Drama
Poetry
Adventure
Mystery
Parody
Angst
Supernatural
Suspense
Sci-Fi
Fantasy
Spiritual
Tragedy
Western
Crime
Family
Hurt/Comfort
Friendship